The Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Fund Cronfa Gymunedol Uchel Siryf Gwent
Social inclusion
Social inclusion

Social inclusion is at the heart of our work and the funding enables the most disadvantaged young people in the community to access the Friday Night Project.

 Bob Barry, Community Development Officer

Participatory Budgeting
Participatory Budgeting

“The Your Voice, Your Choice event aims to support groups and organisations that are contributing greatly to the field of community safety and diverting people away from crime and anti-social behaviour. It encourages community participation...(and) gives the groups an opportunity to interact with each other and to learn more about all of the positive work that is taking place locally.”

Gwent Police Constable Carmel Napier 

Inspiring change in young people
Inspiring change in young people

"Before I started here my attitude was lousy, I was aggressive and in danger of committing crime and losing education. This project has changed my life and has given me the skills to gain employment"

Beneficiary of a project supported by the Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Fund

Welcome

The Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund aims to provide a safer and better quality of life for the people of Gwent by supporting community-based initiatives which mentor and inspire young people in order to help reduce crime and enhance community safety.

Managed by the Community Foundation in Wales, this Fund grew out of the Gwent Shrievalty Policy Trust, and is a testament to partnership in philanthropy: the current, past and future High Sheriffs' steer the Fund’s Panel working alongside the Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent and the Community Foundation in Wales.

You can support the Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Endowment Fund by donating through the Just Giving page, or visit our Support Us page to find out more. 

Our annual Participatory Grant-making event, ‘Your Voice, Your Choice’, is a partnership between the Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund and the Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent. It is an innovative grant-giving format which enables local people to prioritise the solutions that they think will best address local needs. This format gives people an alternative way to communicate their message, and a platform to share their energy, passion and vision for a thriving Gwent. Our 2017 event was held in Newport and 22 groups received a share of a grants pot of almost £74,000.

“In Gwent the High Sheriff plays an active role in the Community Fund, giving hope & support to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, steering them away from anti-social behaviour and crime, and helping to knit up the ravelled sleeve of Society. Gwent is a lovely county of rolling hills & long-distance footpaths, but it also has its dark corners of social deprivation that are amongst the worst in Western Europe.
This year, with support from the Police and Crime Commissioner, we were able to give out almost £74,000 to 22 organisations. A panel of past and future High Sheriffs ensure that all these groups are visited during the year to offer both encouragement and further support. We are all lifted and humbled by this work that is going on at grass roots level.”

Kevin Thomas
High Sheriff of Gwent 2017/18