THE High Sheriff Community Awards are looking for groups and individuals in Hampshire that have strived to make the county a better place to live in.

Submissions are now open for the annual awards, launched by High Sheriff Mary Montagu-Scott, that recognise the work of public servants, voluntary groups and individuals in Hampshire that deserve special recognition for their exceptional work.

Shortlisted nominees will be contacted at the end of February 2018, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony on March 14 at the Great Hall in Winchester.

The High Sheriff is one of the oldest Crown Offices, dating back to before the Battle of Hastings.

As part of her role, the Sheriff grants awards to public servants, volunteers within the community and organisations from the voluntary sector, who deserve special recognition for their good work.

The focus of the awards will be on law and order related projects which enhance safety and cohesion in communities.

The deadline for nominations is January 31.

Mrs Montagu-Scott said: “There are so many people in Hampshire making a huge difference in their communities and to the lives of other people in their local area.

“The High Sheriff’s awards are an extremely important part of my role.

“I look forward to showing my appreciation for the outstanding work of those people as a mark of respect for their hard work improving the day to day lives of those in need in our communities.”