Rainbow Services recognised at prestigious awards ceremony

Charity / Tue 12th Mar 2024 at 08:12am

RAINBOW Services (Harlow) and Voluntary Action Epping Forest are among the charities to receive recognition and grants at the annual High Sheriff’s Awards to support their work in Harlow and Epping Forest which is helping to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and improve community safety in County.

Over 200 guests attended this year’s ceremony, held at Hylands House in Chelmsford, where trophies, certificates and 25 grants totalling £38,000 were presented at the event by the High Sheriff of Essex, Charles Bishop.  

The event was supported by Essex County Council, Chelmsford City Council and the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.  BBC Essex also broadcast live from the venue.  Presenters Steve Scruton compered the event and Ian Wyatt interviewed the trophy winners and other guests with conversations aired live throughout the BBC evening show.

The grants came from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which was established to give credit to local initiatives that address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour, and is managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).  On top of the £38,000 being presented from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, ECF will award an additional £146,000 to the charities from other funds under its management. 

The funding will help: 

  • 3food4u £2,000: to support a new community hub in Waltham Abbey which will provide a safe space, activity and advice for vulnerable women, young adults and homeless people.
  • Rainbow Services (Harlow) £1,500: to deliver a Firebreak safety course and support a developmental young people’s community project.
  • Voluntary Action Epping Forest £1,000: to continue running a safe, open access youth club for vulnerable young people, including asylum seekers, at Ongar Youth Centre.
  • Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 £1,000: to help pay for a confidential counselling facility for young people at the WAY 2000 youth club and those attending the local secondary academy.
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