People who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex have been given well-deserved recognition and thanks at the prestigious High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony held in March 2016.
More than 40 voluntary and community organisations were represented at this year’s ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford and trophies, certificates and grants totalling £23,541, were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff of Essex, Vincent Thompson.
The team at South East Essex Advocacy for Older People (SEEAFOP) was nominated by Jim Clinkscales to receive recognition for the inclusive manner in which they support, value and generously acknowledge the valuable contribution of their volunteers and won the Volunteer Centre Essex Award this year with a cheque for £1,000. SEEAFOP acts as an advocate for people aged 60 and over who experience financial and/or social difficulties in their lives. Many of the volunteers are now in their 80’s and Jim states “the quality of service and support at SEEAFOP becomes evident when many of these long-serving volunteers are still going strong and still feel rewarded after so many years”.
Home-Start Harlow were recognised for the strong all round, thoughtful and personalised help which is given to all volunteers with a highly commended award and a cheque for £500. Home-Start provides tailored family support, either one-to-one, or in groups and at social events for parents with children under 5 who are experiencing stress and difficulties. In her nomination, Bev says the organisation finds time to listen to and interact with volunteers and Home-Start Harlow makes it abundantly clear that valuing and supporting them is their utmost priority.