Winners of a High Sheriff Award - Herts Inclusive Theatre (Photo credit: Tammy Leach Photography)
It was a huge privilege to host the 24th annual High Sheriff Awards last night in The County Suite, at County Hall in Hertford.
Expertly compered by broadcaster Stuart Storey DL, the focus of the Awards was to celebrate young people and organisations across the county who do so much to help young people avoid contact with the criminal justice system.
During my year as High Sheriff I have been privileged to gain insight into some of the amazing and positive work taking place in our county to help young people to reach their full potential. We were delighted to receive a large number of applications for the awards and it was an extremely difficult job to shortlist these. Members of the judging panel were inspired by each of the shortlisted organisations and agreed that all the candidates were equally fantastic at working in the areas of youth related crime prevention, youth projects and social justice.
I am delighted to have been able to recognise some of the very special people and organisations across Hertfordshire for the work they do in the county and I would encourage you to learn more about them, by visiting their websites listed below.
The evening also consisted of Awards from the Prince’s Trust, the Building Effectiveness Awards and National Crimebeat Awards, where Hertfordshire were wonderfully represented this year with two outstanding projects. More to follow on this Awards Ceremony in a forthcoming article.
More pictures will follow shortly but details of the Award winners are below:
Verity Bramwell - for her work with the Ollie Foundation, a charity devoted to stopping teenage and young people from taking their own lives (theolliefoundation.org)
Andrea Hill - for being the driving force behind the very successful St Albans Legacy Project which commemorated the Armistice Centenary in the St Albans district
Ben Wallace - for his involvement in Grove Cottage Mencap, Bishop’s Stortford, to recognise his personal growth and development gained through his ongoing volunteering at the charity’s café and nursery.
The ‘Fit, Fed and Read’ initiative, Herts Sports Partnership - which confronts the growing issues of hunger, isolation and physical inactivity in children in low income families during school holidays by providing free programmes in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. (sportinherts.org.uk/fit-fed-and-read-2/)
I’m very grateful to the extremely generous advertisers and sponsors for their support this evening. Grateful thanks to the following:
McMullen & Sons Ltd
The Stefanou Foundation
Also, a huge thank you to everyone at Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Community Foundation for their assistance and support hosting such an inspirational evening.