High Sheriff of Gwent

High Sheriff of Gwent,

Her Honour Helen Mifflin, DL

It is a great honour and privilege to serve the County as the High Sheriff of Gwent. As well as the many ceremonial roles undertaken, the High Sheriff has the opportunity to showcase the incredible work undertaken by the many unsung heroes in the voluntary sector.

High Sheriff of Gwent Roles and Responsibilities

Each High Sheriff will approach their year in office slightly differently depending on their particular skills, experience and their own areas of interest. However, the key objectives of the role can be summarised as follows:

Support the Crown

Whilst the duties of a High Sheriff have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role of a High Sheriff today.

Emergency Services and Volunteers

High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.

Empowering Young People

Encourage crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people. Many High Sheriffs also assist Community Foundations and local charities working with the vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work. 

Encourage Interfaith activity

The High Sheriff promotes understanding, cooperation and good relations between organisations and persons of different faiths within the County of Gwent, encouraging acts of kindness, compassion and public service across all religious communities.

The County of Gwent

Gwent is a preserved county and a former local government county in south-east Wales. It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was named after the ancient Kingdom of Gwent. The authority was a successor to both the administrative county of Monmouthshire (with minor boundary changes) and the county borough of Newport
Under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Gwent was abolished on 1 April 1996. However, it remains one of the preserved counties of Wales for the ceremonial purposes of Lieutenancy and High Shrievalty, and its name also survives in various titles, e.g. Gwent Police.

The former administrative county was divided into several districts: Blaenau Gwent, Islwyn, Monmouth, Newport and Torfaen. The successor unitary authorities are the Blaenau Gwent County Borough, Caerphilly County Borough (part of which came from Mid Glamorgan), Monmouthshire (which covers the eastern 60% of the historic county), City of Newport and Torfaen County Borough.

In 2003 the preserved county of Gwent expanded to include the whole of Caerphilly County Borough. In 2007, the population of this enlarged area was estimated as 560,500, making it the most populous of the preserved counties of Wales.

Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Fund

The Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund aims to provide a safer and better quality of life for the people of Gwent by supporting community-based initiatives and projects that reduce crime and improve community safety.

‘Your Voice, Your Choice’ is a partnership between the Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund, the Office of the Gwent Police & Crime Commissioner and Community Foundation Wales to award grants of up to £5,000 to community groups across Gwent.
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