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High Sheriff Awards 2020

On 12 March 2020 I had the honour of hosting the 25th annual High Sheriff Awards in The County Suite at County Hall in Hertford, together with my partners Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
 
The annual High Sheriff Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate some of the fantastic individuals and voluntary organisations who are helping to make our county better.

 

Prince’s Trust

We also recognised a Prince’s Trust winner, Alan Davies.  The Prince’s Trust creates opportunities for vulnerable young people to thrive, and Alan is now looking forward to the future and to studying Health and Social Care at college.

 

Building Effectiveness

The 8 organisations that have this year completed the Building Effectiveness Programme, run by HCF and supported by Will Hobhouse and the Cranfield Trust, were also recognised.  They were:

-      ASCEND

-      Citizens Advice East Herts

-      Citizens Advice North Herts

-      CLP

-      Earthworks

-      Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

-      Home-Start Herts

-      Redbourn Care Group

 

National Crimebeat

I was delighted that Hertfordshire received a Highly Commended Award from National Crimebeat for Operation Edge, a project run by the Hertfordshire Constabulary with secondary schools in Stevenage to make a short film about knife crime. Marriotts School produced the winning film and I was pleased to present a certificate to staff and pupils involved in the project, and to Inspector Simon Tabert whose idea the project had been. 

 

High Sheriff Awards
This year, in addition to the usual social justice and crime prevention themes, the Awards also reflected my interests in supporting and promoting stronger communities and this included work on integration, and work with and across faith groups. So, we had 4 categories of awards and I also made 4 Personal Awards to individuals who work in law and order and the administration of justice, which are the traditional areas supported by High Sheriffs. 

 

We were delighted to receive a large number of applications for the Awards and it was an extremely difficult job to reduce these down to a shortlist. Representatives from the panel met with the 14 shortlisted candidates before reconvening to discuss their findings. 

 

My panel and I decided that all those shortlisted this year should receive Awards and cheques, as they were all very worthy winners, but in each category I mentioned one organisation that the panel felt was outstanding and merited special recognition.

 

Faith based Community Projects

The winners were:

-       Camp Unity

-       Open Door St Albans

-       One Vision Project

-       South Hill Centre (special mention)

 

Integration

The winners were:

-       Chexs

-       Jackie’s Drop-In

-       Recover Team (special mention)

 

Social Justice

The winners were:

-       Stand by me

-       Young Carers’ Crew

-       Resolve (special mention)

 

Stronger Communities

The winners were:

-       Gratitude

-       Best Before Café

-       INS

-       Citizens Advice St Albans and District (special mention)


My Personal Awards went to:

-      Phil Abrey, managing chaplain at HMP The Mount

-      Emma Gardner, team leader at Watford County Court

-      Harjit Singh, Community Development worker for the Fire Service

-      Duncan Wallace, recently retired East Herts Rural Neighbourhood team Police Sergeant

We had a wonderful evening of recognition and celebration of the great work done by so many individuals and organisations who give so much of themselves to help others in Hertfordshire. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening such a success.