The High Sheriff of Hampshire 2018/19 Mark Thistlethwayte has announced the 21 recipients receiving commendations for their great work in the community in the field of law and order related projects. The High Sheriff Community Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to Hampshire based volunteers, groups and public servants making a significant contribution to society through enhancing safety and cohesion in our communities.
The successful individuals and groups regularly go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in their everyday work activities and deserve special recognition for their commitment. The awards were presented on the evening of 20th March 2019 at a ceremony held in the Great Hall in Winchester with 200 people in attendance.
The High Sheriff, Mark Thistlethwayte commented: “It has been truly inspiring during my year in office to see first-hand the outstanding and meaningful work carried out by these unsung heroes who help those less fortunate across our county. I am delighted to be able to give special recognition for their hard work and achievements in keeping our communities safe and thriving in support of vulnerable people in our area.”
The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) works in partnership with the High Sheriff of Hampshire to administer the Community Awards, and Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive of HIWCF commented “We are delighted to support the High Sheriff Awards which uphold the values implemented by the Foundation across our communities in support of those less fortunate. We congratulate each of the 21 recipients for their well-deserved awards, and for their hard work and dedication in making Hampshire a better and safer place to live”.
ACN work in partnership with both Havant and Portsmouth police neighbourhood teams, utilising a proven referral process where young persons at risk of exploitation and criminality are offered tailored help to reduce their vulnerability. The group have worked with over 3,000 people through weekly engagement in 2018 alone. ACN is committed to helping to tackle high harm issues such as County Lines drug supply, child sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation, and has co-ordinated training for various partner agencies, community groups and families. Training has also been provided for 350 professionals, covering a range of issues including safeguarding training and practical advice. Workshops were also provided to over 800 young people within schools and vulnerable places throughout Portsmouth and Havant. The team are able to provide insight and context to police and partners, ensuring that appropriate intervention action can be taken to help young people and their families.