Campaigns to improve the standard of Scotland’s mortuaries and to improve support for college students are among the nominees for the 2018 Herald Society Awards.

Other notable shortlisted entries include a play about knives, a prison visitor centre and a Dumfries youth festival.

This year’s shortlist gives an inspiring indication of the scale, imagination, and results achieved in Scotland’s public and third sectors.

Eamonn Connolly, Director of category sponsor evh congratulated the 2018 finalists, saying: “It has been tough but hang on in there a while yet – the odds are now more favourable to you! Best of luck to all.”

Robin Fallas, Partner at MacRoberts LLP, who are also supporting the awards, said “MacRoberts is delighted to be supporting the young person’s project award. We have a fantastic group of finalists and we offer our congratulations to them for getting this far.”

Jackie Irvine, President of Social Work Scotland, which is backing the Worker of the Year category, said: “This is a recognition of the positive difference they and social workers across Scotland make to people’s lives”.

Claire Burns, Director of Programmes and Services, CELCIS said, “It’s been great to have been involved in the Improving Children’s Lives Award. The standard of entries has been extremely high. Scotland’s public and third sectors are clearly filled with people who work tirelessly to put the needs of children and families at the heart of what they do. The evening will showcase some of this talent.”

Helen Macneil is Chief Executive of the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, a TSI partner, which is also backing the event. She said: “To reach the finals in this field is a huge achievement in itself. I hope all entrants appreciate just how good they are at what they do and wish everyone the best of luck on the night’

The winners will be announced at a gala event on Thursday November 1st. To attend visit you can book your table now. For more information, please contact Hannah Docherty on 0141 302 6037 or