High Sheriff of Gwynedd Crimebeat and Community Service Awards 2022
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Gwyn Owen, High Sheriff of Gwynedd, welcomed guests to the Hugh Owen Hall, Bangor University to celebrate some of the fantastic work that is being done in communities across Gwynedd and Anglesey at the Annual Crimebeat and Community Service Awards.
The Awards gave the High Sheriff the opportunity to celebrate volunteers and our communities at his last major event during his year in office.
Amongst the volunteers and community organisations being recognised were Tir Dewi for their inspirational work to support farming and rural communities; the crew of the Moelfre Lifeboat; Galeri Creative Team for their community work in Caernarfon and beyond; Gisda for their work to support disadvantaged young people; and Gwynedd Youth Service for their work with young people.
The High Sheriff told award winners and guests: “Being part of a friendly safe community where people look out for one another is one of the most valuable things we have in life. We all have something to offer and give back to our communities and often young people see things that older people miss.
I have been fortunate in my year of office to witness some community work which often goes without mention or thought, but without the support given by these organisations members of our communities would struggle.”
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual Crimebeat Project of the Year Award which this year went to Hwb Westend Hub – an initiative of Academi Westend in Bangor. Working with young people the Hwb created a Street Art project during schools holidays and worked with professional artist Any Birch, also known as Dime One, to create a street art graffiti mural depicting the work of young people in the area.
Natalie Robb from Academi Westend told us: “The awards ceremony was such an inspirational night, getting to meet so many wonderful people and hear all the amazing stories of what they do. Our Trophies and Certificate have taken pride of place at Academi Westend and I know the children will be very excited to see them.”
Another Crimebeat project to be recognised was the inaugural Primary Schools Internet Safety Poster Competition devised by PC Dewi Owen and PC Nick Hawe of North Wales Police. The competition saw over 570 primary school pupils submit a poster to the competition. The overall winner across North Wales was Eva Lloyd-Wright from Ysgol Edern, Pwllheli. The High Sheriff was delighted to celebrate the work of PC Owen and PC Hawe to help keep our young people safe on the internet.
The final awards of the evening went to Volunteer Police Cadets Sophie Roberts and Bethan Evans who supported the High Sheriff as his Cadets during his year in office.
Concluding the awards evening High Sheriff of Gwynedd, Gwyn Owen, thanked all the winners, invited guests and the team of Volunteer Police Cadets who helped to support the ceremony. The High Sheriff said: “I was honoured and humbled to be in a room full of such extraordinary people. My year of office has enabled me to witness first hand the amazing work carried out in our communities by volunteers and those that simply want to make a difference. As I mentioned in my presentation these people have the ability to look, see and understand personal issues which we as passers-by do not appreciate. I salute them all”
The following groups and individuals were recognised at the awards:
HIGH SHERIFF’S COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
PC Dewi Owen and PC Nick Hawe
In recognition of their vital work protecting young people on the internet and their successful Internet Safety Poster Competition
In recognition of the support given to famers and the farming community
Moelfre Lifeboat (RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution)
In recognition of the volunteers who selflessly save lives at sea.
PC Elwyn Williams
In recognition of his dedication and volunteering to support young people at Bangor Rugby Football Club
CRIMEBEAT PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2022
Academi Westend Academy
Hwb Westend Hub
In recognition of their work to support young people in Bangor.
HIGH SHERIFF’S PERSONAL AWARDS
Gwynedd Youth Service
Ieuenctid Gwynedd Youth
In recognition of the guidance and support given to young people across Gwynedd
Galeri Caernarfon Creative Team
In recognition of the support and guidance given to local artists and the community
In recognition of their work to support and guide young people in the local community
High Sheriff’s Volunteer Police Cadet Bethan Evans
In recognition of Bethan’s commitment as a Volunteer Police Cadet and being an excellent role model for other young people
High Sheriff’s Volunteer Police Cadet Sophie Roberts
In recognition of Sophie’s commitment as a Volunteer Police Cadet and being an excellent role model for other young people.