Didcot TRAIN works with young people who are at risk of educational failure, crime, child sexual exploitation, alcohol and substance abuse, and other risky behaviours. OCF funded their Young Leaders Programme, which turned the lives of a small cohort of young people around.
During her year as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire (2019-20), Sylvia hopes to raise awareness of issues to do with crime and punishment, and of work done by many voluntary, charitable and statutory bodies in our community to prevent criminal behaviour.
The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire’s Charitable Fund is held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number 1151621), to assist current and future High Sheriffs in raising money for charitable purposes. Sylvia Jay was sworn in as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire on 9th April 2019.
Charities that will be supported using donations to the High Sheriff’s fund in 2019-20 include:
- Aspire Oxford, which helps ex-prisoners find homes and work
- Fine Cell Work, which teaches needlework skills to prisoners, mostly men
- Crisis and Arts at The Old Fire Station, which help homeless and other vulnerable people find homes, new skills and jobs, including in the artistic world
- Think Through Nutrition based in Oxford, which has done research showing that improving diets in prisons also improves prisoners’ behaviour.
During her Shrieval Year Sylvia has hosted several thought-provoking events, and the final one will take place in March 2020, ‘The effects of diet on prisoners’ behaviour, details can be found here.