The Water Gardens have a history of community engagement, having supported local organisations and charities, by developing campaigns, organising donations and raising awareness amongst our local customers.
Over the years The Water Gardens have been supporting Razed Roof, an inclusive performing arts group for people with, and without, learning difficulties and disabilities, by supporting their fundraising and raising profile within community with their annual marathon mini stroll around the gardens, among other initiatives.
In 2020, to thank local key workers for their efforts during the pandemic, a donation of several Easter Eggs was made to the following organisations: St Clare Hospice, Fire Station, Police Station and Harlow Foodbank.
Over Christmas 2020 the centre worked with two local organisations that provide key resources to the Harlow community – Streets 2 Homes and Harlow Foodbank – as part of the “Giving Days” campaign. The community, that included customers and member of the Water Gardens team, came together to contribute, by donating essential items. This allowed these organisations to reach a wider audience and receive some of the support they needed to bring some joy to these families.
It is important to note that there’s also an ongoing work and dedication from the on-site team that have dealt with several delicate situations and are recognised by entities such as Streets 2 Homes, for their way of handling different incidents. “From reporting any newly identified rough sleepers, to assisting them when they are in the area and struggling with their mental health and behaviours. The Team always take their time and have been known to sit with someone struggling for hours talking to them and we have received feedback from rough sleepers especially the ones struggling with addiction that they are always treated with respect”. The teams has also provided hi vis vests and jackets for their street outreach.
To be an integral part of the community, we must do what we can to help local people live better lives and that is why the centre will continue to work and support local groups.
The Water Gardens also values suppliers that give back and that’s one of the reasons why the centre worked with Jager Studio to create a 3D themed vinyl, where part of the fees were donated to the local Wildlife Trust.
Recently there’s been a partnership created between the centre and Harlow Art Trust to promote their Sculpture trail. As there are a number of sculptures that can be found in the gardens and around the shops, the goal is to encourage people to discover Harlow’s sculpture heritage.
Additionally, also as part of the partnership, a trail map for kids has been developed – Wild Water Gardens Sculpture Trail – that takes kids around the gardens to explore the different plants, animals and sculptures that can be found at The Water Gardens, along with bonus material around 3 HST sculptures: 'Boar', 'Bird' and 'Seven Mosaics', plus curiosities about the biodiversity.
Diversity & Inclusion
The Water Gardens is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. They are fully committed to providing equality in the workplace and ensure all opportunities for, and during employment, will be afforded to individuals fairly and irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race including colour, ethnic or national origins and nationality, religion or belief or sexual orientation (“the protected characteristics”). The centre want their organisation to reflect the diversity of the community and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.