VOLUNTARY and community organisations were recognised at this year’s High Sheriff’s Awards.

The High Sheriffs’ Award Scheme recognises community initiatives which address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour. The office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. 

More than 40 voluntary and community organisations were represented at this year’s ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford where trophies, certificates and grants totalling £25,804 were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff of Essex, Lorna Rolfe.

The awards were presented by Steve Scruton and Ian Wyatt and the grants came from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

The winners include – MenShed, based in Brentwood, received a certificate at the High Sheriffs’ Awards to recognise their enthusiasm and commitment to improve the safety and security of local elderly and vulnerable residents.

Essex Boys' and Girls' Clubs, from Chelmsford received £1,000: To help deliver the Respect personal development project for vulnerable young pupils of secondary schools in the Colchester area.

Helping Hands Essex, from Chelmsford received £1,000: To support a rehabilitation service for people recovering from alcohol addiction in the Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon areas.

Open Road, from Chelmsford received £1,000: Provision of training for volunteers for the new SOS Bus in Chelmsford.

InterAct Chelmsford, received £1,000 and the High Sheriff's Sheild: Provision of a support service for vulnerable young people with learning disabilities and or additional needs.

Wilderness Foundation UK, from Chelmsford received £1,000: Support for the outdoor based TurnAround programme for vulnerable young people from mid and North Essex.

Melbourne Project, from Chelmsford received £1,000: Helping continue community work on the deprived Melbourne and Boarded Barns Estates in Chelmsford.