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Public Servants And Voluntary Groups Honoured At High Sheriff Awards
Individuals and voluntary groups from Canterbury, Herne Bay, Faversham, Northfleet, Ramsgate and Maidstone were honoured at the annual High Sheriff of Kent Awards at Leeds Castle on 12 March.

The High Sheriff of Kent’s Award Fund is managed by Kent Community Foundation and was set up to recognise public servants, voluntary groups and individual volunteers, whose selfless acts have benefited communities across the county.

This year’s winners are:

Regina Padden: for her work in developing the Listener Scheme at Canterbury Samaritans, a peer support service which aims to reduce suicide and self-harm in prisons.

John Ottaway (Managing Director): Group Award to Nu Steps, a Community Interest Company (CIC) that provides vocational education to teenagers who have become disengaged from school. It operates through three Kent schools, including Spires Academy, Sturry, Canterbury. This early intervention initiative has had several successes.

Robbie Humphries (Artistic Director) and Ann Duke (Founder): from the Walk Tall charity in Northfleet, which uses innovative ways to build confidence in all ages. The charity has its own repertory company and provides counselling for adults, vulnerable and young people who have faced challenging times.

Alison O’Neill (Founder and Director): established an all male performance group in 2008 at Herne Bay High School. The Boys Dance Company aims to give opportunities to those who want to dance, and promotes dance as a positive activity for boys that builds confidence and self-esteem.

Alison Miglorine (Manager): the Play and Learn Scheme is a targeted service for families with babies and toddlers living in Ramsgate, many of whom have been referred by health visitors or other specialists due to their particular needs. The aim is to support individual families with parenting skills, child development, relationship building and behavioural enhancement.

Dawn Riach-Brown: for her work as a District Support Warden based in Maidstone. KCC Community Wardens are a reassuring uniformed presence on the streets of Kent, helping communities to work together and make things better for everyone. They work closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities, offer information and advice, and participate in local community activities.

Chaska Iglesias, Rosemary Robinson and Nicolette Cole (all volunteers): the Canterbury & District Early Years Project combines nursery provision with training for parents in basic skills. The charity works with families facing the challenges of domestic abuse, mental health, substance abuse, learning needs and unemployment. 

Carol O'Malley (Maidstone) and Cathie Burton (Faversham): two nurses honoured for their loyal and committed service to the community. The Family Nurse Partnership is a free programme for first time mums (and dads/partners, if mums want them to take part) aged 19 and under, aimed at giving additional support to this vulnerable and often neglected group. Intervention starts early in pregnancy and continues until the baby is two, and involves regular home visits by specially trained family nurses.

Bryn Price: Special Award for loyal and committed service to the county of Kent. Through his tireless efforts and steadfast commitment, Bryn has contributed much to improving the lives of people across the county. His work to create a safer community, together with his personal support for the current and many previous High Sheriffs, has proved invaluable. He has been Director of Kent People's Trust (a community safety and crime reduction charity) since 2008 and Chairman of the Volunteer Council for the Red Cross in Kent since 2006. Bryn is an experienced fundraiser and leader, as well as a former Associate Programme Director for Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service through Canterbury Christ Church University.

Commenting on the awards, High Sheriff of Kent Hugo Fenwick said: “In my year as High Sheriff, I’ve focused on supporting initiatives for young people who are at risk of falling into the Criminal Justice System and organisations that seek to reduce youth crime and reoffending. 

“The Awards are a highlight and culmination of my shrieval year. I have had the privilege of visiting many organisations over the past 12 months to learn at first hand the invaluable work they do to support vulnerable people. I have been struck by the huge contribution that volunteers make to our communities in Kent. It is a huge pleasure to be able to honour these unsung heroes of the county.”

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is a registered charity, and one of 48 Community Foundations across the UK committed to transforming the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged. To make a contribution to the High Sheriff’s Award Fund, or to find out more about ways to help your local community, visit Kent Community Foundation’s website at: www.kentcf.org.uk.

Videos of the respective winners are available for viewing:

Canterbury Early Years: https://vimeo.com/121194759
Boys Dance Company: https://vimeo.com/121612877
Walk Tall: https://vimeo.com/121612879
Nu Steps: https://vimeo.com/121612881
Samaritans: https://vimeo.com/121612885
PALS: https://vimeo.com/121612886
Kent Peoples Trust: https://vimeo.com/121614899
Community Warden: https://vimeo.com/121614900
Family Nurse Partnership: https://vimeo.com/121614901

Recipients of High Sheriff Awards with Hugo Fenwick at the recent awards evening at Leeds Castle. Photos of individual winners are available on request.


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