People who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex were recognised and thanked at the High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford.  More than 40 voluntary and community organisations were represented this year and trophies, certificates and grants totalling £23,541, were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff, Vincent Thompson.

Many congratulations go to Chelmsford based groups who received an Award: 

Staffed solely by volunteers, The Stroke Club for Mid Essex helps stroke survivors to build skills and gain coping strategies to give them as much independence as possible. They provide a 24/7 Helpline and a Stroke Café which is open on Saturday mornings as a Drop-In Centre for stroke survivors and their families and carers. Glenda Daines has been a volunteer at the club for four years and says the organisation fully recognises the importance of its volunteer force, which is never taken for granted

Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs £1000: To help deliver the Respect personal development project for vulnerable young pupils of secondary schools in the east Thurrock area. WINNER OF THE ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL BOWL

Essex Search & Rescue receives a High Sheriffs’ Certificate to recognise the exceptional contribution of its volunteers to overall community safety by responding to calls from Essex Police to supplement and assist in the search for missing persons.

Crimestoppers Trust £1000: To help raise the profile of the Crimestoppers scheme in Essex which offers a secure and anonymous 24/7 service for anyone to give information about any crimes or criminal activity.

Keep Safe Scheme £964: To buy items for Keep Safe Packs which are used across the county to help vulnerable people with their personal security.

Helping Hands Essex £1000: To support a rehabilitation service for people recovering from alcohol addiction in the Chelmsford area.

Melbourne Project £1000: Helping continue community work and support for residents living on the deprived Melbourne and Boarded Barns Estates in Chelmsford. WINNER OF THE HIGH SHERIFFS’ CUP

Ormiston Families £1000: To help run the “Breaking Barriers” programme, supporting children who have a parent in prison in HMP Chelmsford.

For more information about Essex Community Foundation and the High Sheriffs’ Fund, the Awards presented this year and to view photographs of the event visit

The 2016 High Sheriffs’ Fund is now open for applications: grants/our-grantmaking/high-sheriffs-fund/ 

Source: ECF release CHELMSFORD

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