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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.

The 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.

Grants 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


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