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Published January 17, 2024

Foundation recognised by High Sheriff

Mark Pendlington, High Sheriff of Suffolk, has presented the Ipswich Town Foundation with the Certificate of Gratitude and Recognition, an award that shows appreciation for the work being carried out across our diverse provision to support communities in Suffolk.

This award was handed over as part of a visit to Portman Road that saw the High Sheriff take in one of the Foundation’s DIVERT workshops earlier this month. The newly launched programme provides targeted intervention to young people in Ipswich that are on the periphery of, or entrenched in, serious youth violence.

Mark attended a workshop that saw staff from Suffolk New College, the Foundation and the Football Club speak to the participants about their education and employment options when leaving high school, including a talk from Foundation Head of Education & Employability Robert Peace on the Post 16 Football & Education programme.

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment, with a representation appointed to each county across England and Wales. A primary focus of the High Sheriff’s modern-day responsibilities is to support and encourage organisations providing crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people.

More information on the High Sheriff is available here, whilst more information on the Foundation’s DIVERT programme can be found by contacting Health & Wellbeing Manager Leanne Smith at