Watford Borough Council makes small act of kindness towards local charity

Staff from Watford Borough Council and Veolia helped pack over 2,000 Warm in Winter gift bags for the charity Small Acts of Kindness, which distributes practical gifts that reduce the negative impact of loneliness and isolation.

Small Acts of Kindness gift bags are distributed free of charge to any person aged over 55 in Hertfordshire who is considered by the nominating organisation or individual to need a bag. Since the project began in January 2015, they have reached over 8,300 cold, often lonely and isolated older people in Hertfordshire.

The Warm in Winter gift bags contain: a fleece blanket, thermal hat, gloves and socks and a mug and a pack of hot drinks and soup which are distributed free of charge to older people in Hertfordshire, many of whom face the almost unimaginable choice between heating their homes and eating.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “Small Acts of Kindness is changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable isolated older people in Hertfordshire. It is so important that businesses support these types of initiatives”

Packing days create opportunities for local business and employees to come and work side by side with colleagues with whom they might not usually work, as well as people from other organisations and members of the public.

Speaking about the partnership, Small Acts of Kindness CEO and Founder Lynne Misner said: “We simply would not be able to pack and distribute over 5,000 Warm in Winter gift bags this winter without the incredible support of our partners Watford Borough Council and Veolia. We have seven volunteer-run gift bag packing days in September and October with the two organisations. We are extremely grateful for their kindness, generosity and accommodating approach.”