Voluntary Sector Support
It is estimated that nearly 400,000 people at any one time,
undertake some form of charity or voluntary work in Essex, whether it
is running the local scout group, volunteering on the SOS buses,
working to help troubled young people, ensuring that elderly people
keep safe in their homes or giving time freely in some form of service,
for example as a special constable. It is this dedication and devotion
to our local communities that makes our society what it is today.
High Sheriff plays an essential role in being able to visit, encourage
and support community groups and volunteers. The High Sheriff’s post is
unpaid and the individual receives no expenses, so he or she can
therefore also be seen as an Essex volunteer.
Since Saxon times,
High Sheriffs have been associated with Law and Order. Today they give
their support to people who strive to make their communities safer
places in which to live and work.
During their year of office,
the High Sheriff raises money for the High Sheriffs’ Fund which was
established in Essex in 1997 to reward community initiatives that
address crime and anti-social behaviour. The Fund is managed and
administered by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), an independent
grantmaking charitable trust.
At the end of their year, the High
Sheriff presents grants and certificates at a special awards ceremony
to voluntary groups and individuals that are tackling local problems. To view a list of the latest awards click here.
are made annually from the High Sheriffs’ Fund. The deadline date for
applications is 1 December. To apply for a grant please contact Essex
Community Foundation on 01245 356018 or visit their website www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk