I am proud and honoured to be assuming the role of High Sheriff of Hertfordshire following my Declaration Ceremony yesterday. Stelio has done an outstanding job this last year and I’m grateful for the advice and guidance he has provided. Each High Sheriff may select a theme for his year in office and I have decided to celebrate volunteering in Hertfordshire. I am keen to recognise as many of the kind and generous people in the County who give of their time as volunteers to he
Visits to local charities, citizenship ceremonies, a night out on patrol with the police, round-table discussions, the Garden Party, Justice Service and Awards Ceremony…and the list goes on…little wonder that Stelio has described the past year as amazing and exhausting in the best possible way!
A big thank you from Stelio and the team at the Stefanou Foundation to everyone who has worked with us to celebrate and support the vital work going on to make Hertfordshire a Count
On Thursday, I met with HHJ Jonathon Carroll, Chief Constable Charlie Hall and some representatives from the police and probation services to celebrate the Choices and Consequences (C2) Programme. C2 is an alternative to prison custody and requires offenders to go through an intensive 3-4 year programme. The Chief Constable gave the certificate to an awardee who had remained crime free and drug free for the duration of the programme and had acquired work and permanent accommo
Last evening, the High Sheriff Awards 2017 publicly recognised and rewarded eleven organisations for their effective partnership working. The awards were held at County Hall in Hertford and celebrated the excellent work of Hertfordshire’s voluntary and community sector. This year the awards focused on partnership working within the voluntary sector and between the voluntary and public or private sectors. This year’s High Sheriff awards celebrated effective teamwork. We aske
These High Sheriff awards were made to people who have shown courage in helping to thwart offenders committing criminal acts. The judges in each case described the bravery that led to the award. The awards were followed by coffee in the Judges’ Dining Room and a chance to meet the amazing people who received awards. It was great to chat to them, and their families, and to congratulate them for their bravery and kindness.
Caring Dads is a 17 week cognitive behavioural therapy parenting course for men about whom there have been allegations of abuse towards their families, run locally by HACRO. I met with Valerie Beale who is a trustee of the programme, and she told me a bit about the programme. After this, I spoke with two of the leaders of the sessions, and sat in on one. It was the frank way that the men spoke about how they have changed their attitude to their partners and families which str
Playskill provide activities to children with special needs and their parents, and a number of trustees. I went to visit Playskill with my colleague Jacqueline, where we met with Andrea who runs the programme. There was a very happy atmosphere there, and a very high success rate in giving the children confidence in communicating and forming relationships. The parents I spoke to certainly valued the service very highly and I am so supportive of the great work the do,