With tasks differing from painting to spreading horse muck on the roses, staff at Red Kite Community Housing got stuck at a community morning last week. 

Every year, Red Kite staff are given a morning out of the office to help with community projects.

This year, on May 9, they were involved with helping at schools, working with the Chiltern Rangers, Shopmobility and Bucks Mind as well as archiving at Wycombe Museum.

Walls, fences and benches have been painted, weeds removed and overgrown areas tidied.

One group also spent the morning talking to and playing games with dementia patients as well as cooking breakfast at one of their sheltered housing schemes.

Todd Ricketts, community investment manager at Red Kite, said: “Our community morning is now a firm fixture in our annual calendar.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for staff to get out in the community and help with projects that benefit the areas we live and work in.

"Everyone always finds it rewarding and there is always a real buzz in the office when staff return.

"We are already planning next year’s morning which we hope will be even bigger and better.”

Martin Gomm, site manager at Wycombe C of E School, said he was pleased with the work staff carried out to clear an area of land to make way for a quiet space for the children.

He said: “The volunteers were a credit to Red Kite; with their enthusiasm and willingness to help.

"The volunteers seemed genuinely happy and willing to do any task to help.

"The icing on the cake was that not only did they help us create a mountain of rubbish (nearly all organic material) but to arrange for it to be collected was a massive help.”