The High Sheriffs' Association
The High Sheriffs' Association (The Shrievalty Association) of England and Wales was founded on 1st October 1971. Its objects are to develop the unique role of the High Sheriff to the benefit of the community, and to protect, promote and sustain the ancient Office and traditions of the High Sheriff. Membership is open to past and present High Sheriffs; to persons in nomination as future High Sheriffs to whom it proves to be of particular value in preparing the Office and the way ahead; and to Under Sheriffs. The Association provides workshops and meetings that enable members to meet and discuss matters of common interest.
The Association publishes a magazine, The High Sheriff, twice a year. This is sent to all members and enables past, present and future High Sheriffs to share experience and exchange views, and the magazine is available from firstname.lastname@example.org
National Crimebeat is a charity of the Association of High Sheriffs of England and Wales (The Shrievalty Association). It encourages young people to get involved with crime reduction activities and to create safer communities. For more than 1,000 years High Sheriffs in England and Wales have had a responsibility for upholding law and order. Today they work closely with police, probation, local authorities, education and other agencies to show how young people care for their communities.
This is done through a network of local Crimebeat schemes, which High Sheriffs have set up in their counties.
Each local Crimebeat scheme then supports groups of young people to develop their ideas and turn them into successful projects.
Each year High Sheriffs submit the best example they have found of young people working to create safer communities, to the National Crimebeat Awards.
To Celebrate HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, The Association of High Sheriffs of England and Wales launched DebtCred, a financial literacy project. Its primary aim is to equip young people with basic money management skills in preparation for their lives after school.
DebtCred delivers financial capability skills for young people by raising their awareness of the need to proactively manage money responsibility; by teaching them how to budget (most pupils have the mathematical skill but need to understand budgeting techniques); by helping them to understand how credit works and how to tackle money problems. The last of these is important because research suggests that 60% of people in the UK will have money problems each year and prompt action can prevent a short-term problem becoming a long-term crisis.
Debtcred had produced groundbreaking new literature for schools. This includes 'Serious Money', an attractive book for students, and 'Using Serious Money', a resource for teachers and youth leaders. The books have the prestigious Quality Mark from the Personal Finance Education Group and 'Serious Money' has the Plain English Crystal Mark. In October 2005 DebtCred launched KS4Finance, a CDRom free for each State secondary schools in England & Wales.