Voluntary organisations and people who make a major contribution to their local communities and crime prevention have been given well deserved recognition and thanks at this year’s prestigious High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony.
More than 40 voluntary and community organisations were represented at this year’s ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford where trophies, certificates and grants totalling £25,804 were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff of Essex, Lorna Rolfe.
Lorna Rolfe paid tribute to the voluntary sector in Essex, “During my time as High Sheriff I have had the opportunity to meet members of the voluntary sector who tackle a wide range of issues. I have been so impressed that accentuating the positive appears to be their everyday motto and have been amazed and humbled at what they accomplish against all the odds.
“They really do make a difference and can dramatically change the lives of others for the better.”
The winner for the Volunteer Centre Essex Award for 2016/17 is Foundation 66, who received £1,000.
The Volunteer Centre Essex Award is part of the overall High Sheriffs’ Awards Scheme and encourages volunteers to nominate their voluntary or community group for an award. A cash award of £1,000 is given to the organisation, which best demonstrates the use of good practice in providing encouragement, support, training and supervision to volunteers.
In 2016 the award and cheque for £1,000 was presented to South East Essex Advocacy for Older People from Westcliff. Find out about last years High Sheriffs Volunteer Centre Award here.
The six shortlisted Volunteers for The High Sheriffs Volunteer Centre Essex Award 2016/2017 are:
- Lads Need Dads
- Thurrock Mind
- Dementia Adventure
- Ideas Hub
- Foundation 66 – Funding Futures
Nominations are now open for 2017/18!