DENS were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester to officially open The Elms on 29th September 2015. With the building already in full operation, the opening gave the Duchess an opportunity to see at first hand the services on offer.
The Duchess arrived and was introduced to a lineup of civic guests, DENS staff and volunteers.
The tour allowed Her Royal Highness to see the training kitchen in action and the the results of the ‘Sprouting Out’ project run by Groundwork Hertfordshire.
After the tour, the Duchess planted a tree in the patio area and moved inside to unveil a plaque commemorating the visit.
Margaret Griffiths, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Dacorum Borough Council said, “I am so proud to see The Elms up and running, providing some of the most vulnerable people in our community with a safe place to sleep and help get their lives back on track. This facility is a tremendous asset in our work to tackle homelessness, to give local people a chance for a decent future in the borough. Under DENS’ expert management The Elms promises to make a huge difference to so many people's lives."