High Sheriffs Awards
The High Sheriffs' Fund is managed by independent grantmaking charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF)(registered charity number 1052061). Since the Fund was established with ECF in 1997 nearly £330,000 in grants has been distributed to around 400 voluntary and community organisations in Essex.
HIGH SHERIFFS’ CUP – recognises community support that makes Essex a safer place in which to live.
Winner: The Melbourne Project for their work giving support and advocacy to people of all ages who live on the Melbourne Estate in Chelmsford
ESSEX POLICE CUP – gives credit for the exceptional contribution of individual’s to community safety in their locality.
Winner: Karen Brown for her long-standing and active voluntary work with many organisations in Braintree, helping to address crime and disorder issues.
ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL BOWL – gives credit to organisations or teams of people who have made extra effort, beyond their statutory or formal duty, to deliver programmes directly to the community.
Winner: Craylands Activity Zone in Basildon – recognising the way in which a group of local residents are addressing the social issues existing in their neighbourhood, empowering them to improve the quality of local life.
ESSEX COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE SHIELD - recognises an organisation’s work with young people.
Winner: Loughton Youth Project – for the work they do to aid crime reduction among young people in Loughton and Debden.
VOLUNTEER AWARD – recognises organisations demonstrating best use of the Good Volunteer Policy, providing encouragement, support, training and supervision to volunteers.
Winner: The Harbour Project in Maldon – which runs a weekly coffee morning in Maldon, attended by many local people as well as some with mental or learning disabilities, helping to combat social isolation. The Project received £1,000 to acknowledge the manner in which it treats its volunteers.
HIGH SHERIFFS’ SHIELD – acknowledges the work that young people are doing in their community contributing to crime reduction and community safety.
Winner: Lauren and Emily Smoothy from Southend received the Shield to recognise their efforts in raising awareness and producing a DVD about safe driving following the tragic death of their 16 year old friend two years ago.
Lauren and Emily Smoothy from Southend receive the Shield from High Sheriff Michael Hindmarch.