Youth Council win prestigious award

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Epping Forest Youth Council were awarded the High Sheriff’s Shield and received a cheque for £1,000 for their #URNotALone Bullying Awareness project.

Epping Forest Youth Council awarded the High Sheriff's Shield

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They were presented with the High Sheriff’s Shield at the High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony by Mr Nicholas Charrington, the 834th recorded High Sherriff, at Hylands House in Chelmsford on 18 March 2015. The High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony gives well-deserved tributes and thanks to people who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex.

The #URNotALone Bullying Awareness project produced and distributed 1,200 wristband memory sticks promoting Bullying Awareness websites. These websites promote support numbers and guidance for young people and parents who need help with bullying. The wristbands were given to all year 9 pupils in the Epping Forest district.

Youth Councillors Matthew Tinker, Joseph Pascoe and Jaymey McIvor along with Di Butler and Louis Walton from the Epping Forest District Community Health and Wellbeing Team, were present to receive the award.

More than 43 voluntary and community organisations were presented with trophies, certificates and grants totalling £23,471.

Award winners from the Epping Forest district

Epping Forest Youth Council

Winner of High Sheriffs’ Shield 2014/15 plus £1,000 to help raise awareness of the impact of bullying amongst young people – Epping Forest Youth Council website.

Crucial Crew Epping Forest

£1,000 to help pay for an educational workbook for use in the 2015 Crucial Crew Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Education programme for 10-11 year old children in Epping Forest and Brentwood districts – video of 2013 Crucial Crew.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF)

Garden maintenance – £600 to buy equipment for a garden maintenance project helping vulnerable, elderly and disabled people across Epping Forest district – VAEF gardening service.

Home safety for older people – £500 to assist with the installation of enhanced key safes in the homes of vulnerable people in Epping Forest district – VAEF home safety.

Waltham Abbey Youth 2000

£1,000 towards the cost of a confidential counselling facility for young people.