The High Sheriff of Essex took time out from his busy schedule to learn about £25,000 being invested in county community projects by a leading housing provider.
Simon Hall MBE met with members of staff during a visit to the offices of Sanctuary Housing in Rochford.
Mr Hall was told of Sanctuary’s commitment to spend £25,000 during the current financial year on projects that benefit local people across the district.
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, outlined several successful projects including the Footprints programme, which aims to improve the lives of children and young adults, as well as tackle antisocial behaviour.
A photography project for children was also supported in Great Wakering, while residents have been able to learn new computer and digital skills through Sanctuary Online, which supports residents to get online and make the most of computers and the Internet.
The High Sheriff’s visit was part of time spent with Rochford District Council, who were represented by Strategic Partnership Officer Andrew Lowing and Community Safety Officer Graham Browne.
Also in attendance were Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service, who provide support for community groups across the Rochford district and work with Sanctuary to deliver key projects.
Mr Hall said: “It was really interesting to hear about the work Sanctuary is doing in the community and how it is benefiting so many local people.”
Chris Silvey said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Hall to our offices and spend time talking about how we strive to improve the communities in which we work. We look forward to working with him in the future.”