National Crimebeat is the youth crime prevention charity of the High Sheriffs’ Association and is governed by trustees who are mainly former High Sheriffs. It has no paid employees, and the raising of sponsorship and organising of the annual award ceremony is undertaken by the trustees who do not receive any form of remuneration. National Crimebeat now focuses on providing a prestigious annual awards ceremony to give recognition to the most innovative and successful crime prevention projects carried out by young people aged between 5 and 25 years. The video from the 2019 Ceremony highlights the wonderful young people and projects we recognise.
Since 2012 we have introduced two categories for projects and the entries can come from the whole of England and Wales from ANY organisation whatever its name might be. Each entry has to be endorsed by the project’s County High Sheriff as the link between the project and the judging process.
Rainbow of Hope
Rainbow of Hope is a Cardiff based charity reaching out to the homeless and disadvantaged people including asylum seekers and refugees.
Their mission is to relieve people suffering from poverty and distress, in particular, but not exclusively, homeless people by providing or assisting in the provision of food, shelter, clothing and grants of money and also by offering support and advice to such persons.
All the work of this charity is founded on prayer. In particular it was born out of a prayer session involving two readings:
Luke 9 – the feeding of the five thousand. This encompasses the practical side of the work. Through this reading God was saying to feed people and to use no money but what we have and that he would bless it. It meant sharing their food with one another and God blessing the offering that was made.
John 21:15 – Jesus and Peter. This encompasses the spiritual side of the work. Jesus asks Peter to “feed my lambs” and “feed my sheep”. The lambs we identified are those who are outside, who don’t know anything about God or the church and may use the name of Christ only as a swear word. The sheep we identify as different people in varying churches who are vitally important to the whole work.
Boomerang started its journey as a homeless/poverty organisation, helping citizens that live on the streets who still deserve a little dignity, however the journey developed moving in different directions but still keeping its identity with regards to tackling poverty. Boomerang Cardiff has been developed with the community and volunteers, many volunteers are driven by previous lived experience of homelessness, poverty and social isolation. Following a period of falling on hard times and experiencing homelessness as a self-employed businessman, founder Paul Gwilym began to work with the local community, creating and funding the project himself.