Recognition for outstanding contributions to community

Dan Stoneman ''Picture: Joe Low
Dan Stoneman ''Picture: Joe Low
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Two women from Gosport and Havant have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the community in a county-wide awards ceremony.

The High Sheriff Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to public servants, individual volunteers and community groups based in Hampshire who are making a significant contribution to society.

Hampshire High Sheriff award winners' 'Picture: Joe Low

Hampshire High Sheriff award winners' 'Picture: Joe Low

The awards were presented at a ceremony in the Great Hall in Winchester.

This year 11 individuals and seven community groups and organisations received certificates for the work they do in keeping our neighbourhoods safe.

Many of these individuals go beyond the call of duty in their everyday work offering support and services within their communities.

Harriet Scotney of Havant Borough Council was recognised for her work as part of the Havant Supporting Families Programme.

Kirsty Cremer and the team from Motiv8 Gosport ''Picture: Joe Low

Kirsty Cremer and the team from Motiv8 Gosport ''Picture: Joe Low

She produces high-quality plans for families that ensure they can access the support they require to live well and stay safe.

Harriet took an active role with a family experiencing multiple problems relating to the risk of homelessness, poor school attendance, adult mental health problems and unemployment.

Dan Stoneman, of Hampshire County Council, said: ‘Harriet has demonstrated both commitment and passion which are essential to ensuring families receive the right support at the right time, which makes all the difference.’

Kirsty Cremer works for Motiv8 in Gosport and was awarded for her involvement with Gosport’s Community Safety Partnership.

Kirsty and her team work tirelessly and professionally to engage with and support the most vulnerable and hard to reach young people across what can be a very challenging locality.

Martin Wood, financial director of Motiv8 said: ‘We are delighted to see Kirsty receive this award, she has been innovative in finding new ways to work with and support young people and enhance their life chances.’