Twenty-three public servants and volunteer groups have received High Sheriff of Hampshire Awards at a ceremony in Winchester.

The awards, presented by current High Sheriff Amelia Riviere, recognise those improving the safety and social cohesion of Hampshire.

Hosted by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF), the event honoured individuals, public servants, and community groups for their commitment to deterring crime and anti-social behaviour.

Awardees, including professional and volunteer-driven organisations, were celebrated at the Wessex Learning Centre.

Representatives from Hampshire Constabulary, as well as the Lord Lieutenant and police and crime commissioner, were in attendance.

Daily Echo: High Sheriff Amelia Riviere with Hugh SandersonHigh Sheriff Amelia Riviere with Hugh Sanderson (Image: HIWCF)

Hugh Sanderson, a Samaritans listening volunteer for Winchester and District Samaritans, received an award for his leadership of the prison team at HMP Winchester.

Mr Sanderson said: "I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to lead our team of volunteers at HMP Winchester.

"It is a welcome tribute to the whole team, Samaritans and volunteers, to have this work recognised today."

Daily Echo: Amelia Riviere with Peter O'SheaAmelia Riviere with Peter O'Shea (Image: HIWCF)

Peter O’Shea and Danny Williams, founders of Aldershot-based organisation Turnstyle, were also recognised for their work with at-risk youth.

Mr O'Shea said: "We are really happy to have our work recognised by the High Sheriff.

"Danny and I created The Fighting Chance Programme to encourage young people to explore their own potential by diverting negative behaviours and instilling a sense of pride in themselves."

Another awardee, Millbrook Matters, a community group in Southampton, was praised for its role in reducing crime in the area.

The group is led by Tracy Emm and Kathi Iason.

Daily Echo: (L-R) Amelia Riviere, Tracy Emm, and Kathi Iason(L-R) Amelia Riviere, Tracy Emm, and Kathi Iason (Image: HIWCF)

Ms Emm said: "It is a great feeling to have our work seen and officially recognised by the High Sheriff today."

Ms Riviere said: "Those who were recognised in this year’s awards have gone above and beyond to improve people’s lives, and often in very difficult situations.

"It was an honour meeting the individuals face to face to thank them for their hard work and commitment."

HIWCF CEO Jacqui Scott added: "Every year we are inspired by the wonderful work of those receiving an award and the many people who truly go above and beyond to make Hampshire a great place to live."