12 individuals, teams or organisations have been announced as this year’s winners, having triumphed over more than 100 nationwide entries from across the third sector, independent organisations, local authorities and the NHS. They include:
Living the Codes: Balhousie Clement Park Personalised Environment
Bright Spark: Emma Scott, Pear Tree Nursery
Bright Spark (Judge’s Pick): James O’Donnell, student, Cantraybridge College
An Enlightened Approach: Gil Martin, University of Dundee
Silo Buster: Glasgow City Ambition Network; a partnership of Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow City Mission, the Marie Trust, Turning Point and Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership
The Courage to Take a Risk: Anthony Miller, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Making Research and Evidence Real: Birchwood Highland – Migrant Mental Health in the Highlands
Thought Leadership: Amy McKellar, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership
The Untold Story: Tommy Murphy, Support for Ordinary Living
Head about the Parapet: Scottish Women’s Autism Network – SWAN
Excellence in Children’s Services: Broxburn Family Centre, Play is our work AND Multi-Cultural Family Base’s Safe Haven Project
To mark 2018 as the Year of Young People, the Excellence in Children’s Services award was introduced to recognise those working in the sector who play a crucial role in helping disadvantaged young people realise their potential. It was judged entirely by a children’s panel coordinated by Children in Scotland.
Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd, who presented the awards, said:
All the finalists should be commended for their continual compassion and commitment to improving the lives of others. It was particularly fantastic to see so many young people recognised this year and to hear their stories – they are truly an asset to Scotland’s Social Services.