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Voluntary Sector Support

There are three main categories of the Voluntary sector that the High Sheriff role supports, and encourages and these are linked with the following: 

  • Groups of young people pursuing positive activities which in turn helps to reduce crime e.g. scouts and guides;
  • Emergency services e.g. Northumberland RNLI and police services;
  • Supporting criminal courts, and agencies involved with crime prevention e.g. magistrates.

The underlying theme of the High Sheriff of Northumberland is “Youth Against Crime” which is aimed at encouraging and supporting organisations whose work helps to engage young people in positive activity and encourage them to develop greater community awareness. Small financial awards are presented to groups at an awards Ceremony each year.

Volunteering Northumberland is a service provided by Wansbeck CVS and aims to promote, support and develop volunteering and active citizenship across Northumberland. Across the county there are 1,042 charities operating 815 of which work with children and young people. There are many other voluntary and community groups that involve volunteers which are not registered charities.

During 2015/16 Lucy hopes to bring her nursing, farming and voluntary life experiences together by focusing part of her year on food poverty in Northumberland and food education. She also wants to tackle specific health inequalities including obesity and dental decay, together with overcoming the lack of knowledge about food and healthy eating. She wants to identify and work with voluntary groups in Northumberland working in any aspect of food education, and will work with a National charity called Chefs Adopt A School (Charity number 1087567) who will be attending The Glendale Children’s Countryside Day on June 4th 2015 linking chefs, schools and food together.


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