September 2017

Nominations for the 2018 High Sheriff Awards will open on 1st October!
25th September 2017

The annual High Sheriff Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate some of the fantastic individuals and voluntary organisations who are helping to make our county better.

This year, in addition to the traditional social justice and crime prevention themes, the awards will also reflect the current High Sheriff’s interest in volunteering.

Throughout his year, he will be discovering more about the work of Hertfordshire’s voluntary sector, meeting as many volunteers as possible and, in partnership with HCF, helping to develop the skills and effectiveness of voluntary organisations across the county through the “Building Effectiveness” development programme.

The main awards will be open to all community and voluntary groups working in one or more of the following themed areas:

 

  •  Volunteering
  •  Social Justice
  •  Youth related crime prevention

 

The nomination forms will be available on the HCF website from 1st October and the deadline for receiving nominations will be 5pm on Friday 17th November after which they will be considered by the High Sheriff’s panel. Winners will be announced at the High Sheriff Awards evening on 8th March 2018 in the beautiful setting of Micklefield Barn and will receive a financial reward of up to £2,500!

The evening will also include the Building Effectiveness Awards to recognise organisations who have made the most progress as part of the HCF training and development programme, and the High Sheriff’s individual awards to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to their local communities.

Keep an eye on the website for more details!

What our supporters have said...

"Thank you for always making our visit to HCF such a pleasure.  I think our delegates are very fortunate to be meeting here"

Meeting room customer - September 2015

"I am very happy to have joined HCF and would like to thank the team for their very warm welcome."

 

Hannah, Volunteer, June 2015

Joe Heeney, Service Manager at Resolve said: “HCF gave Resolve our very first start up grant in 2008 and has supported Resolve over the last five years with a number of Grants. These have allowed Resolve to deliver an ever growing number and level of services to the many adults we see come through our doors daily in need of support to stop the destructive cycle of alcohol and/or substance misuse.”

Joe Heeney, Service Manager at Resolve

The service that Hertfordshire Community Foundation offers is flexible and cost effective. Our fund has been tailored to our needs and the Foundation's knowledge of local charitable groups helps our staff committee make informed decisions on where we target our support

Paul Marsden, Chief Executive, Harpenden Building Society

The knowledge and expertise of Hertfordshire Community Foundation has been invaluable in setting up and running a family fund, which generates income to benefit in my locality.

The Elliston Family Fund

Hertfordshire Community Foundation has helped Scoots to expand its help within the local community by allowing us to help an additional 3 clients. Michael Smith is a client from Hinxworth currently being helped from Scoots. He said "Being on Scoots has totally changed my life and that of my family. It has given me freedom and independence. I was given incapacity benefit for life 5 years ago and never was expected to work but the last 6 months have totally changed my life. I have a job making ice-cream and I am now totally independent. The scheme is amazing!

Ricky Moore, Scoots L2O Project Manager

The Trustees are incredibly grateful for the timely support provided by Hertfordshire Community Foundation. It is fundamentally important to a small charity that we are able to deliver consistently our specialist provision. Thanks to this grant, two of our senior Lead professionals attended as SCERTS Training Course; one Trustee and one Lead professional attended a NAS (SPELL) Training Course; two of our Teaching Assistants attended Elkland Speech and Language Training; and two Teaching Assistants have progressed to staged Level 2 by attending a Sherborne Development Movement Course. As a result we feel TRACKS is at the cutting edge of research in the field of autism education and tailoring what we learn to the Tracks Approach

Michael Shaw, Tracks

On behalf of everyone at Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled Centre, we are grateful for the grant received from Hertfordshire Community Foundation, which has enabled us to purchase an electric hoist. This will make it easier for our less mobile riders to mount their ponies safely and will reduce the need for lifting by, and risk of injury to, our helpers.

Trevor Mills, Trustee of Gaddesden Place RDA
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