Yesterday I went to visit Matt and Charles, the brilliantly creative minds behind the bespoke oak contractor Rough Stuff Oak. Rough Stuff create rustic oak boards for food display, tables, benches and so much more. And who makes all of these boards? Inmates at the Mount Prison in Hertfordshire. This gives these inmates the opportunity to learn new skills, job discipline and to show pride in their own hard work. This could give them bigger and better opportunities on release,
An enjoyable sunny afternoon at the Chairman's Garden Party. It was good to meet with such a variety of people, many of whom we knew well, but also some new faces. Frances Button made an excellent speech about life in Hertfordshire.
I met with Mary Upton and Valerie Levison and some of their colleagues on Tuesday. I was shown around by one of their clients into the Main hall where everyone congregates and where daily quizzes, etc, take place. There is a lounge area where clients can play music and an IT room where they can use computers and search the internet. There is also a reminiscence room done up in 1950's style and, in another room, clients have a made a big model railway to a very high standard w
A key part of the High Sheriff's role is to support the judiciary. Recently we spent two very valuable days with Hertfordshire's Family Courts. The cases we sat in on were mostly concerning children who had been removed, or were likely to be removed, from their parents via interim court orders or adoption. It made us appreciate more keenly how important a loving, safe and secure home environment is for children in determining their future, and the need for early intervention