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High Sheriff of Essex recognises local charities

8th March 2019

Local charities and voluntary organisations that make a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention received thanks and recognition at the prestigious High Sheriffs’ Awards. 

An organisation that provides online safety workshops for young people in schools across Essex, a personal safety scheme for older people in Tendring, training courses to help identify victims of domestic abuse in West Essex and a project to deter drug and alcohol abuse on Canvey Island are among those to receive awards.

Around 200 guests attended this year’s ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford, where trophies, certificates and grants totalling £32,500 were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff of Essex, Bryan Burrough.

The grants came from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which was established to give credit to community initiatives that address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour, and is managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Yellow Door Youth Hub were delighted to win the coveted High Sheriffs’ Shield to recognise their work supporting vulnerable young people on Canvey Island. They also received a grant of £2,000 from the High Sheriffs’ Fund to help them to employ a drug and alcohol misuse worker.

Alex Dobinson, Manager of the Youth Hub, said: “We are honoured to receive this recognition from the High Sheriff. The services we offer for 11-25-year olds includes advice, information, and counselling as well as practical support such as food parcels and group activities and outreach and educational workshops. Our aim is to enable the young people to develop the knowledge, life skills and confidence needed to make informed choices and to manage their sometimes very challenging life circumstances.”

Bryan Burrough, the 838th High Sheriff of Essex, has travelled to all areas of the county during his year of office. As well as meeting many voluntary organisations, he visited the Courts and spent time with Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service. 

Bryan said, “It has been a privilege to undertake this role and I have learnt a lot during the past 12 months. During my visits to local charities and community organisations, I came to realise that many are small and are running with limited resources, powered by the sheer determination of its people, who are often volunteers.

“I hope I have, in some small way, helped to raise the profile of these organisations and their tireless work to improve the lives of local people and make Essex a safer place.

He added, “The Awards ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity for us to come together to recognise and applaud them, which they thoroughly deserve”.

Since the Fund came under ECF’s management in 1997 it has distributed grants totalling over half a million pounds.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said, “We are delighted to manage the High Sheriffs’ Fund. By working with successive High Sheriffs’, we channel funding to the voluntary organisations that contribute to community safety at a local level.”

In addition to the grants awarded from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, ECF was able to leverage a further £115,600 from other funds under its management to support voluntary organisations whose work is also contributing to community safety in Essex. 

The High Sheriffs’ Award Scheme recognises community initiatives which address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour. The office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The High Sheriff receives no expenses and the role comes at no cost to the public purse

To view photos of the event, click here.

To read a full list of all grants awarded, click here.