The range of contenders for this year’s Herald Society Award for education initiative of the year shows the range of imaginative entries we received for the 2016 event.

A college link up with India, to exchange traditional skills, a scheme to help teenage mums stay in secondary education, an innovative school meals app, mentoring work with kids in care and a project to help struggling pupils in partnership with the armed forces were shortlisted by our judges.

With a huge number of entries, it was a tough job for our them to narrow down a list for this year’s Herald Society Awards, which are presented in association with Social Work Scotland.

Now in their ninth year, the event gives an inspiring indication of the scale, innovation, and results achieved in Scotland’s public and third sectors.

Jane Devine, Business Manager, Social Work Scotland, title sponsor and supporting the Herald Society Worker of the Year category said, “This year’s finalists are a great mix of personal achievement and organisational determination. There are great stories in here that we are delighted to share”.

Ian Welsh, Chief Executive at Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, who are supporting The Herald Society Team of the Year category said “These finalists highlight a range the inspirational people and organisations that play such an important part in Scottish society, we are delighted to be supporting these awards.”

Eamonn Connolly, Director at EVH, who are supporting the Unsung Hero category said: “So now we know the finalists, and we can’t wait to hear more about them and all the good work they are doing. It will be very difficult to pick the winner though.”

Andy Sinclair, Head of Legacy at the Scottish Government, supporting the Legacy 2014 category said “Congratulations to all of the finalists in the Legacy category. All the finalists should be commended and recognised for continuing to go the extra mile to make Games Legacy a reality. Even though the fantastic Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were over two and a half years ago, these people continue to make a tangible positive difference to their communities”

Vincent McKay, Dean of the School of Health and Life Sciences, who are supporting the Health and Social Care Integration category said “Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Health and Life Sciences is sponsoring the Health and Social Care Award, which will recognise the best examples of innovation and effectiveness in meeting the Government’s health and social care integration agenda. Congratulations to the finalists, we are very much looking forward to playing our part in the awards.”

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2016 shortlist: –

The Herald Society Awards in association with Social Work Scotland

Shortlist 2016

Education Initiative of the Year Award

Glasgow Kelvin College and Government Polytechnic for Women, Guntur, India –

Bombay Mix: A Community College Partnership

Glasgow City Council – Young Parent’s Support Base

North Ayrshire Council – Interactive School Meals

SkillForce Scotland – Dundee City Council, SkillForce & the Outward Bound Trust

partnership ‘SkillBound’

MCR Pathways – YGT by MCR Pathways

Community Project of the Year

Calton Heritage and Learning Centre – Calton Heritage and Learning Centre

Greyfriars Garden – Haiku the Noo: Architecture and the Spaces in Between

Isle of Luing Community Trust – The Atlantic Islands Centre

South Seeds – Supporting migrants to understand our energy system

Health and Social Care Integration Award

Linstone Housing Association – Community Connectors (Housing Hub)

Marie Curie – The Marie Curie Glasgow City Fast Track Discharge

Marie Curie – West Lothian Community Palliative Care Service

Young People’s Project Award

Cycling UK, Cycling Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station and Play Scotland – Play on


Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire PACE teams in partnership with CELCIS

Action for Children Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Intervention Service

Council – Action for Children Scotland in partnership with Police Scotland and Glasgow City Council

Older People’s Project Award

Hearts and Minds – The Elderflower Programme

Contact the Elderly

Edinburgh Leisure – Steady Steps

North Ayrshire Council (Housing Services) – Vennel Gardens

Environmental Award

City Property Markets – Sustainable Green Markets

Keep Scotland Beautiful – #NeatStreets

Ayrshire College – “Park Life” Dean Castle Country Park Development

Campaigner(s) Award

Glasgow Disability Alliance – Pathways for Change

David Dougan – Ayrshire College – Get Kilmarnock Active


ENABLE Scotland – #ENABLEtheVote

Partnership Award

Enable Scotland – All in Edinburgh

Glasgow City Mission and partners – Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Ayrshire College

Herald Society Worker Award

Phyllis Craig – Clydeside Action on Asbestos

Jacqui Taylor – Lifelink

Dr Charlotte McCarroll – University of Glasgow

Herald Society Team Award

Inverclyde HSCP – HMP Greenock Prison Based Social Work Team

My Hair Guru Ltd

University of Strathclyde Law Clinic – University of Strathclyde Law Clinic Executive


Unsung Hero Award

Diane Inglis – University of Strathclyde Law Clinic

Iain McFadzean – Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland

Raza Sadiq – Active Life Club

Susan Wilson – Tesco Community Champion

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Geoff Leask – Young Enterprise Scotland

Sam Cribb – Albyn Enterprises Ltd

Re:ply Skateboards

Legacy 2014 Award

Pinkston Watersports

LEAP Sports Scotland – Pride Youth Games

Forest Enterprise Scotland – Cuningar Loop Woodland Park