Last night saw the hosting of the annual High Sheriffs Awards. These Awards recognise some of the thousands of voluntary and community groups that work throughout Essex supporting the the community safety of our towns, villages and residents.
The event hosted by Essex Community Foundation and sponsored by Essex County Council saw grants totaling over £20,000 given to a wide range of organisations working in areas such as youth support, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction and crime prevention.
As part of these awards Volunteer Essex highlights the importance of good volunteer management and offers local volunteers the opportunity to say thank you to the groups that support them in their role with a nomination to the Volunteer Centres Essex Award.
Congratulations to Foundation 66 this years winner
Foundation 66 were part of a shortlist of six organisations whittled down by Volunteer Essex from 63 nominations received. Along with Cruse Bereavement Care, Dementia Adventure, the Ideas Hub, Lads need Dads and Thurrock Mind they were reviewed by the High Sheriff Mrs Lorna Rolfe who praised the work they all did.
Lee Hood nominate Foundation 66 for their outstanding support and development of volunteers. Less was introduced to them after a personal struggle with a number of issues. Through the mentoring programme he was able to gain confidence, interact with his peers and ultimately became a volunteer. He says “I was at a crossroads in my life and they saw something in me that somehow had been lost” Lee is now a trained mentor and volunteer in Harlow with the Circles Farm Criminal justice work.
Read more about the other nominations and how to nominate the organisation you volunteer for here