The High Sheriff of Hampshire is calling for public servants, individuals, volunteers, charities and community organisations to submit their nominations to the High Sheriff Community Awards 2023-24, to celebrate the good work of those making Hampshire a safer place to live.

Hosted by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation, the High Sheriff Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition. This year, awards will particularly recognise the individual volunteers and volunteer driven groups who support the criminal justice system, both those within the system, or those whose efforts are focused on deterrence, diversion or similar social cohesion activities in their local community.

Amelia Rivière, High Sheriff of Hampshire for 2023-2024 (pictured right), said: “In my time as High Sheriff I have been wowed by how many extraordinary people I have met doing extraordinary things to improve our communities and the outcome for individuals. The criminal justice system is a jewel in our crown as are the people working in it. However, without the contribution of charitable and voluntary organisations it would struggle. These charities and volunteers are little known, let alone acknowledged, and I hope this year’s Community Awards will go some way to remedy that.”

Jacqui Scott, HIWCF CEO said “HIWCF is yet again delighted to be supporting the High Sheriff of Hampshire in celebrating our third sector groups and volunteers, those individuals who willingly go the extra mile to make Hampshire a better place to live and work. Every year we are inspired by the wonderful work of those receiving an award and the many people who truly go above and beyond to make Hampshire a great place to live. We look forward to seeing more nominations this year.”

Nominations can be submitted online here before 5pm on Friday 12 January 2024. The awards will be presented by the High Sheriff at a ceremony in March 2024.