Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Awards 2021

THE Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Awards will reward and recognise our amazing local health care heroes.

We want to say thank you to those who cared, supported and worked in our communities throughout the national lockdown.

We are inviting you to tell us about the loyal health, care and key workers who have gone the extra mile during the pandemic.

The event will share their stories and create a permanent record of their outstanding and selfless achievements.

Join us in saying “Thank You” to them.



Sunday, June 6, 2021


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Countdown to Entry Deadline:

2021/06/06 23:59:59


Ayrshire Weekly Press would like to thank our 2021 sponsors for their support.


Raise your profile across Ayrshire by sponsoring our awards.

If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Jolene McGhee, Sales Manager on jolene.mcghee@localiq.co.uk or 01475 558915.


The Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Awards recognises the incredible health, care and key workers both at individual and team level, who are at the heart of our local community.

There are 10 categories to choose from to get your health heroes the recognition they deserve for their achievements.

Health Care Team Award – sponsored by Northern Carpets and Beds

This award is about teams working together to deliver improved patient care. They can be from any sector but must demonstrate impact, very strong team working, strong communication and the ability to work across organisational boundaries.

Care Home Worker of the Year Award – sponsored by Arti-Farti

This award recognises the contribution of an individual care home worker who strives to improve the delivery of care in the care home sector, through developing ways to enhance nursing care. This person must demonstrate outstanding levels of commitment to care and put the person being cared for at the heart of what they do.

Nurse of the Year Award – sponsored by Inspired Vision

We are looking for a health care professional who demonstrates an innovative and caring approach to their work. This person must demonstrate outstanding levels of commitment to patient care and put the patient at the heart of what they do. Entrants can be from any health care profession and can work anywhere from community care to dental practices to surgical theatre.

Mental Health Award – sponsored by Sovereign Credit Union

This award is open to a department or individual carer/nurse/doctor who specialises in the care and treatment of mental health in Ayrshire. Good mental health is now recognised as a vital component to good overall health and we would like to hear how the care and support in this sector has improved the lives of the individual and their families.

Young Carer of the Year Award – sponsored by Cunninghame Housing Association

We want to hear from anyone under the age of 18 who looks after someone in their family who has a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction. This young person may have made a huge contribution to family or community life. Examples may be helping around the house, looking after siblings or taking on extra responsibility for someone else in their family or neighbourhood.

Delivery Driver Award

This award recognises the dedicated drivers who ensured essential supplies reached those in need, whether it was medication, the weekly shop or a well deserved meal throughout the pandemic.

We are looking to celebrate drivers from businesses and organisations across Ayrshire who have gone the extra mile to help keep the country moving under exceptional circumstances.

Retail Worker Award – sponsored by Billy Bowie Special Projects Ltd

This award acknowledges the vital role staff in essential retail businesses played in ensuring households across Ayrshire received necessary supplies during lockdown.

It could be your local newsagent, the friendly face at the checkout of your favourite supermarket or any of the many remarkable retail staff who continued to serve the community.

If you know of a retail worker who went above and beyond to help customers under Covid 19, then nominate them now.

Champion Charity Award – sponsored by Cunninghame Housing Association

Did one particular charity stand out from the others during the pandemic? This award recognises the fantastic work done by charities of all sizes, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Open to all registered charities in the area, we welcome you to nominate the one you feel did most to help and support local communities.

Key Worker Award – sponsored by GasSure

Where would we be without the key workers who were at the frontline, ensuring our needs were met during the pandemic? This award is open to key workers across the area who worked throughout lockdown to keep Ayrshire moving.

Whether it’s someone who kept hospital hygiene up to scratch, your postie who delivered come rain or shine or the nursery nurse who took care of your little ones, you can nominate them to be recognised for the fantastic job they did.

Volunteer Award – sponsored by The Bathroom Company Glasgow

This award will honour an individual or group voluntary effort. It could be your neighbour who offered to get your shopping during lockdown, a group of volunteers helping out at a food bank or someone who volunteered to step in to support you with household tasks when required. If someone has given up their time to help during the pandemic, then nominate them today.

Outstanding Achievement Award – sponsored by Thistle Help

Our judging panel will select one winner from all of the nominations who, in their opinion, has made an outstanding contribution to lockdown life. They will recognise one of the tremendous teams or inspiring individuals who have kept Ayrshire going throughout the pandemic with this very special award.

How to Enter

It is quick and easy to nominate a group/individual for an Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Award.

Once you have decided on a category from the list, simply fill in our entry form. The form has just a few simple questions to give us an idea of why your nominee deserves to win.

You can submit the form online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button below or alternatively, if you would like to be able to save your form and come back to it, please click ‘Download Entry Form’ below and submit it by email when ready.

If you have any questions regarding the entry process or require the entry form in a different format, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page.



Judging takes place on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Neil Smith
Content Manager, Ayrshire Weekly Press

Val Russell
Chief Executive, Ayrshire Chamber

Frank Sweeney
Group Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association

Jim Montgomerie
Councillor for Saltcoats


The Awards Ceremony

The Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Awards 2021 will take place on Wednesday, June 30 and will be viewable via the Facebook pages of the Ayr Advertiser Series, Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald, Cumnock Chronicle, Irvine Times and Largs & Millport Weekly News.
2021/06/30 00:00:01

The ceremony will showcase our finalists and winners along with entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Entertainment for our gala evening will be provided by Ciaran Sinclair ® The Ayrshire Piper.

Ciaran is 26 years old and has been playing the bagpipes for 19 years. He currently plays with Police Scotland & Federation Pipe Band and has done so for a number of years. He was the Pipe Major of the National Youth Development Pipe Band of Scotland for 6 years. Ciaran is a self taught folk singer and has been singing around Ayrshire pubs, care homes and events for a number of years.


Billy Kirkwood


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Contact Us

If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Jolene Mcghee, Sales Manager, Ayrshire Weekly Press on 01475 558915 or email ayrshireawards.info@newsquest.co.uk

Jolene Mcghee

Sales Manager, Ayrshire Weekly Press


01475 558915

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