The High Sheriff's Fund Panel met on 14th April 2014, and made the following awards:


St Barnabas Community Centre Danesmoor

North East Derbsyhire

Total: £810

To fund a range of resources to support the development of a summer play scheme for local families. Including craft and sports equipment. The panel was pleased to see the local community working together to provide a much needed service. The area covered has socio-economic difficulties and the group was targeting families where such childcare provision would be invaluable. They appreciated the week long scheme would offer new opportunities and experiences and hoped the group would be able to extend the service, as planned, into other holiday periods. The equipment would be of use for a considerable time and should benefit a large number of children and young people. As such they had no concerns with awarding the full sum requested.

Shirebrook Gymnastics Club Shirebrook


Total: £1,000

To fund the purchase of gymnastics equipment to help grow schemes aimed at teenagers within the Shirebrook area. The panel was pleased to see the club was developing and expanding its services and wanted to see the club continue with its work in attracting and engaging teenagers. The panel could see the club had worked hard to become an established part of the local community through its links with Shirebrook Academy and also approved of the range of coaching and leadership qualifications they were offering. They considered Shirebrook an area where any additional support with youth activity should be encouraged and so agreed to the full award of £1,000

Direct Help & Advice Ilkeston


Total: £1,000

To fund 5 knife crime awareness workshops to increase knowledge and ultimately reduce the carrying of knifes by young people. The panel immediately saw the value of these workshops and was reassured by the pilot projects already carried out, as these demonstrated the group’s reach and experience within the community. They hoped the workshops would have an impact on the young people attending and that possibly this would be a starting point for attracting further funding into such crime prevention work. There was quick and unanimous approval for awarding the full sum of £1,000.

Brampton Rovers Newbold


Total: £1,000

To fund the purchase of new goal posts to replace worn and damaged equipment. The panel liked the concept of community football as it engaged with a large number of local young people and provided regular exercise, the development of team spirit and the chance to build friendships.

Making a Difference

Spokes Project Chesterfield - Brampton, Stavely, Birdholme and Boythorpe

Total: £1,000

To help support the annual Spokes Awards event. This event recognises and rewards children who are achieving and maintaining standards within school, despite challenging home environments. The panel was pleased to see local schools, community groups and statutory agencies working together to offer a unique and valuable opportunity to young people. They felt that the awards would give a positive boost and help promote self-confidence for those selected. They also felt the ‘experience’ related prizes would broaden horizons and provide special memories for those from the local communities. The panel was happy to offer the £1,000 requested.

Doe Lea Neighbourhood Watch Doe Lea


Total: £560
To fund a range of general running costs, including the production of a residents' newsletter and personal safety devices for distribution. The panel acknowledged that this Neighbourhood Watch seemed pro-active and engaged with the community. They liked that the group had developed youth activities within the area as well as tackling the standard NHW work. The bid was reasonable and budgeted fairly and the panel had no reservations in supporting the bid, in recognition of the volunteer’s dedication and service to the local community.

Sporting Futures

County & City Wide

Total: £1,000

To provide a £1,000 sum to underwrite the Charity’s first fundraising and awards dinner. If the event breaks even with ticket sales and auction activity the £1,000 is to be redirected towards front line activity (following contact and confirmation with the Foundation). The panel was in full support of Sporting Futures as an organisation and considered the work they undertook across the County as invaluable. They were pleased to see the development of fundraising and promotional activities during the 20th year anniversary celebrations and in general were happy to provide financial assistance. This said, there were concerns around simply adding to a generic fundraising pot and this was discussed for some time. Eventually a decision was taken to offer Sporting Futures £1,000 towards underwriting the costs of the fundraising dinner. If the dinner proves successful and raises funds of over £1,000 the initial underwriting grant will be transferred for direct delivery of services.