When we launched The Herald Society Awards in 2008, our intention was to celebrate the dedication, imagination and most importantly, the vital impact of some of the best work taking place in the public and voluntary sectors.
We felt that no other awards scheme comprehensively recognised the work done by teams and individuals across Scotland in fields such as health, education, social services and charities. With limited space in The Herald’s Society section, we saw the need for another platform to recognise the vital contribution these groups are making to the wellbeing of Scotland as a whole.
The importance of recognising achievements in the public and voluntary sector has seemed to grow in each successive year and this year’s event was no exception.
Entries have now taken place for 2018 and the results can be viewed below. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, November 1 at The Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.
For more information onthe 2019 awards, please contact Hannah Docherty on 0141 302 6037 or by emailing email@example.com.
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2018 Shortlist & Winners
Education Initiative of the Year
ENABLE Scotland in partnership with The University of Strathclyde Business School and Scottish Power – Breaking Barriers
Glasgow Clyde College Community Learning & Development Team – Promoting Educational Attainment Across the Family – Winner
STEM Glasgow at GCC – Primary STEM Leaders
Young Enterprise Scotland – Pathways to Success
Community Project of the Year – sponsored by Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface (TSI)
Active Life Club
Easthall Residents Association
Fife Gingerbread – Gateway Initiative – Winner
Health and Social Care Integration Award
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) – “We Need To Talk About Integration”
RAMH / Linstone Housing Association / Active Communities / Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership – Community Connectors – Winner
Quarriers – Quarriers Enhanced Clinical Care
Older People’s Project of the Year
Musical Memories Springburn – Springburn Parish Church
Opportunities in Retirement, Ayr – Increasing membership and Improving standards
Roar – Connections for Life – Stay Mobile Stay Connected – Winner
Volunteering Matters – Volunteering Matters Handyperson Service
Young People’s Project of the Year – sponsored by MacRoberts LLP
Active Life Club – Empowering Young People through Sports
Dumfries & Galloway Council – Youth Beatz including The Toon Experience – Winner
Venture Trust – CashBack Change Cycle Programme
YDance – Me and You
Environmental Initiative of the Year
ReTweed – Creating a Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle Culture – Winner
South Seeds – South Seeds Energy Saving Service
Campaigner(s) of the Year
Marie Curie and MND Scotland – Social Security in Scotland – a fair definition of ‘terminal illness’ – Winner
NUS Scotland – Budget for Better
Shelter Scotland – Homelessness: Far from Fixed Campaign
Whyte Family Trust – Mortuary for Moray Campaign
Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by evh
Alison Kerr – Community Action Blackburn – Winner
Marcus Russell Slater – Leonard Cheshire in Scotland
Stewart Yuile – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Herald Society Team of the Year
Radio Forth Cash for Kids
The Caravan Project
University of Strathclyde Law Clinic – Winner
Early Years Scotland – Early Years Scotland Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss
Fast Forward, YouthLink Scotland and Strange Town Theatre – No Knives Better Lives ‘Balisong’ Theatre tour
Glasgow Clyde College – Complementary Therapies for Clinical Practice
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) – Supporting the suicide prevention action plan in partnership: hearing from the voice of lived experience. – Winner
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Hey Girls CIC
SKapade Studios – The Road to the Hydro
Violence Reduction Unit – Braveheart Industries – Winner
Improving Children’s Lives’ Award – sponsored by CELCIS
Siblings Reunited (STAR) – Winner
The Care Inspectorate – Young Inspection Volunteers
The Notre Dame Centre – Supporting Children Living in Kinship Care
Herald Society Worker of the Year – sponsored by Social Work Scotland
Raza Sadiq – Active Life Club – Winner
Joan Stewart – Shopper-Aide Ltd
Education Initiative of the Year sponsored by The Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures
- Early Years Scotland, 1:1 service
- The Engineering Development Trust, Go4SET
- Bo’ness Academy Community Café
- Glasgow Clyde College, Family Learning in Science – Winner
Community Project of the Year sponsored by Glasgow Third Sector Interface (TSI)
- Celtic FC Foundation, Ability Counts – Winner
- Drake Music Scotland, MusicSPACE
- Contact the Elderly
- Action for Children, Gael Og Catalyst Project
Health and Social Care Integration Award sponsored by The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
- Aberdeen Foyer – Impact Project – Winner
- Signpost Recovery
- Nari Kallyan Shangho (NKS)
- Sport Aberdeen – Move More Aberdeen
Social Start-Up Award
- SKapade Studios – Winner
Older People’s Project of the Year
- Rainbow Volunteer Project
- Gorgie City Farm, Food and farming Education
- Contact the Elderly – Winner
Environmental Initiative of the Year
- Aberdeen City Council, Seaton Park Wetland Project – Winner
- Community Resources Network Scotland, CRNS Reuse Consortium
- ReTweed, Creative Industry and Upcycled Crafts – Promoting a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Culture for Berwickshire
Campaigner(s) of the Year
- ENABLE Scotland, #IncludED in the Main?!
- North Ayrshire Council, #SaveOurFerry – Winner
- Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Have You Got The Bottle?
Young People’s Project of the Year sponsored by MacRoberts LLP
- North Ayrshire Council, DigiDabble – Winner
- North Ayrshire Council Health and Social Care Partnership, CHARLIE Programme
- MCR Pathways
Partnership Award sponsored by Social Work Scotland
- East Ayrshire Council in Partnership with Alzheimer Scotland
- Carers of West Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership
- Dalmarnock Primary, Summer Club – Winner
Herald Society Team of the Year
- The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Young adult services
- North Ayrshire Council, Money Matters – Winner
- Contact the Elderly
- Energy Agency
Unsung Hero Award sponsored by evh
- Pat Clark, Open Gates
- Helen Holland, INCAS – Winner
The Legacy 2014 Award sponsored by Legacy 2014
- Glasgow Disability Alliance
- Friends of Old Station Park (FOSP)
- Glasgow Women’s Library – Winner
Herald Society Worker of the Year
Angela Morrell, North Ayrshire Council – Winner
Stephen Naysmith – Editor, Herald Society, Chair of Judging Panel
Stephen Naysmith is group social affairs correspondent and a leader writer at Newsquest Herald and Times. He was formerly education correspondent, science correspondent and social affairs correspondent at the Sunday Herald. Prior to that he worked at the Big Issue in Scotland as news editor and was associate editor of the now defunct magazine Scottish Child. He is a children’s panel member. He is married with two young sons and enjoys cycling, cooking and foraging for wild mushrooms.
Robin Fallas – Partner at MacRoberts
Robin Fallas is a Partner in MacRoberts and specialises in advising on public and third sector matters. He is listed in Chambers for his procurement law and charities law expertise and advises public bodies and those interfacing with the public sector on European and legislative considerations, regulation, commercial and contractual matters, legal structures, governance and disputes.
Robin is also a member of the Law Society’s Charity Law Sub-Committee and advises a wide range of organisations across the third sector (including social enterprises and charities) on all aspects of set-up, operation, regulation, contracting and disputes.
Since 2011 Robin has been heavily involved alongside Ready For Business in the Scottish Government’s Developing Markets programme and has a particular focus developing new and innovative ways in which the third and public sectors work together. Robin also has over 10 years’ experience as a charity trustee.
Mary Hepburn BSc MD MRCGP FRCOG – Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Expert in Health Inequalities
Mary Hepburn trained first as a general practitioner and then as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. Her main interest is in the effects of poverty on health and access to services. She established and until her retirement from clinical practice in 2014 was consultant in charge of the Glasgow Women’s Reproductive Health Service for women with social problems (now the medically led component of the Glasgow Special Needs in Pregnancy Service). Women attend for various reasons including use of alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, learning disability, parenting problems, violence and homelessness. The service also cares for asylum seeking and refugee women and is the regional service for women infected with or affected by HIV infection and other blood borne viruses. Dr Hepburn continues to provide training and support with service development nationally and internationally and continues her work as a consultant in developing and /or resource poor countries on behalf of various agencies both statutory and voluntary.
Matt Forde – National Head of Service, NSPCC Scotland
Matt Forde has been National Head of Service for the NSPCC in Scotland since 2010 and has set up a number of innovative services for vulnerable children in high risk families, children experiencing neglect, and very young children. The focus is evidence based assessment, intervention and decision-making for children who are disproportionately exposed to risk; and securing stable loving relationships for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. He has instigated a conference series designed to highlight the application of insights from evidence on attachment and healthy child development in effective frontline practice in both specialist and universal services.
His prior experience spans thirty years, including in children’s social work, secure care and residential care. From 2001-2010, Matt was the lead for Youth Justice in Glasgow. During that time, Matt oversaw research into the childhood experiences of children involved in offending and this led to his interest in evidence based early intervention. In 2004 he became Head of Service for Children’s Services in Glasgow and in 2005, became joint Local Authority/NHS Head of Service in a Community Health and Care partnership, developing evidence-based, population level and targeted interventions to improve outcomes for children. He has interests in questions of effectiveness in implementation and scale up of evidence based practice, and is a regular contributor to policy and practice development on matters relating to children.
Andrew Horne – Director, Addaction Scotland
Addaction is one of the largest drug and alcohol charities in the UK working. Addaction Scotland has services from Oban to Eyemouth and most places in between. Addaction is committed to recovery for the individual, family and community. Our cause may not be fashionable but few would deny its importance. Andrew joined the charity in 2004 having spent his working life committed to drugs and alcohol work in the voluntary sector.
Andrew has worked in and managed substance misuse services for over 20 years in Ireland, England and Scotland. He has helped create some of the countries most innovative and complex services to best suit the needs of people, families and communities affected by substance misuse. He is passionate about developing services where the service user is at the heart of their own recovery. Andrew was an advisor to the government on the National Delivery Group, an executive member of the Drug Strategy Delivery Commission and assists Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Partnership Drugs Initiative.
Andrew read Addiction Studies in Trinity College, Dublin and Social Work Management at the University of Stirling. Andrew is married to Anne and has 4 young adult children who are bleeding him dry, emotionally and financially.
Gerry Power BSc., M.B.A., MSc. – Director of Integration, Health and Social Care Alliance, Scotland
Gerry is a former NHS clinician and General Manager with extensive experience leading the Scottish Government’s Co-production programme in Health and Social Care. Gerry joined the ALLIANCE in 2016 and his main interest is in building the understanding & capacity of public organisations to work better with Scotland’s people in improving health and wellbeing.
Claire Burns – Director of Programmes and Services, CELCIS
After a long career spent in children and families social work practice, Claire now plays an important leadership role within the CELCIS Directorate. Claire’s principle focus is to make sure that we really know and understand what works best when it comes to supporting looked after and vulnerable children, their families and care leavers. Claire is a champion for this knowledge to be included in legislation, policy and guidance and implemented in support services.
Iain Murray – Police Inspector, Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland
Iain has been a police officer for 24 years having previously worked in a variety of roles including Road Patrol, Community & Response Policing and has experience covering a range of city and landward areas such as Greater Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and Ayrshire. Iain currently leads on developing our ‘Desistance Through Employability’ programme which follows valuable lessons learned by our successful partners at Homeboy Industries in the USA. Iain is currently developing a social enterprise with charitable status which aims to re-direct the lives of those at risk from offending & re-offending by offering supported employment training opportunities.
Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive, Children 1st
Mary qualified as a Social Worker in 1991. Since 2014 she has been the Director of Children and Family Services at Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. She is currently Interim Chief Executive for the charity.
For the past 28 years she has spent her career working across the statutory and third sector social work/social care arenas in a number of Local Authorities and organisations, as a practitioner, trainer, manager and leader. Mary has a particular interest in how family minded practice can work to protect children’s rights and wellbeing as well as build strong families and communities. She works to develop teams and services which reflect this approach in practice.
Sean Batty was born in Paisley in the early eighties. He finished school at 18 and went on to study meteorology at Reading University.
Sean’s first job in meteorology was with the Met Office (UK’s National Weather Service) as a weather observer at Middle Wallop army air base in Hampshire.
He later moved to ITV Weather to work behind the scenes preparing and sending bulletins for the ITV regional broadcasters.
Just after a year with ITV, Sean then moved to the BBC’s Television Centre in London to become a broadcast assistant. During his three year stint with the BBC, he became a regional broadcaster and acted as cover for the nations and regions, presenting in England Wales and Northern Ireland.
His next move was in 2007 when he joined STV who for a number of years had no one presenting weather on the channel Sean was now their one and only weather presenter and he has been there ever since.
At STV Sean produces and presents sixteen broadcasts per day. He was instrumental in re-launching the weather graphics (which he’s done three times now) and has been part of the graphic development and testing processes before going live.
Weather has been a part of Sean’s life since he started out with a BBC Weather kit at the ripe old age of seven. He has always had an obsession with the cold and snowy weather, hence why he now takes winter holidays to places like Iceland and Norway. Occasionally he will do a summer holiday, but summer has never really been his thing, apart from when he was at school and used to get 6 weeks off!