The Herald Society Awards celebrate the very best of Scotland’s public and third sectors, and reward individuals and organisations making a difference to their local areas. We are…
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 last year’s event was no exception.
Entries have now closed for 2018 and the shortlist will be announced soon.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 1 at The Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.
For more information on how to attend the event please contact Hannah Docherty on 0141 302 6037 or by emailing email@example.com.
Make sure you are keeping up to date with all the event details by following @SocietyAwards on Twitter.
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.
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