One of the strongest ever shortlists has been named for the 2019 Herald Society Awards. The annual event showcases the most exciting, innovative or sometimes simply the most determined work in Scotland’s public and voluntary sectors.

From projects tackling poverty, organised crime, homelessness or waste to individuals helping lone parents, cancer charities and people with dementia, there is truly something for everyone in our 12 categories.

The full list of finalists for this years’s awards is revealed today, with the winners revealed at a gala dinner in Glasgow on November 6th.

With a bumper entry, it was a difficult job for our esteemed judging panel to decide the shortlist for this year’s awards in association with Wheatley Group.


Now in its 12th year, the well-established event is supported by evh, Turcan Connell and YouthLink Scotland. The awards give an inspiring indication of the scale, imagination, and results achieved in Scotland’s public and third sectors.

Wheatley Foundation Director Lorraine McLaren said: “At Wheatley our mission is ‘Making Homes and Lives Better’ for the hundreds of thousands of people we work for across Scotland.

“We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s Herald Society Awards and wish all the finalist’s good luck, particularly those in the team of the year and young people’s project categories.” We look forward to hearing about the work being done to change people’s lives for the better and to hearing who the winners are.”

Director at evh Eamonn Connolly said: “At evh we know from our day to day work supporting social employers that there are many unsung heroes quietly working away, giving care, time and attention to providing support and innovation in their communities – really stepping up to make a huge difference for their fellow citizens.

“The Herald Society Awards are the perfect vehicle for these unsung heroes to be drawn into the light and recognised for the wonderful work they do.” Always a highlight in our calendar, we look forward to being there on the evening to hear the finalists’ stories, which never fail to impress or touch us. We have no doubt they will all once again be worthy potential winners and it will be an exciting reveal for the audience.”

Kenneth Pinkerton, Legal Director at Turcan Connell, said: “Congratulations to those shortlisted for the Turcan Connell-sponsored Partnership Award. It was a competitive category with an increased number of entrants from all across Scotland. That’s particularly pleasing because it evidences a growing number of collaborations taking place between the public and voluntary sectors. That recognition deserves to be highlighted and celebrated.”

“I look forward to meeting with the finalists at the awards ceremony and learning more about their work and results. It will be an inspiring and humbling evening.”

Tim Frew, CEO, YouthLink Scotland, said: “Delighted to see a really strong line up of finalists for the Improving Young People’s Lives Award sponsored by YouthLink Scotland. We know in the youth work sector, that practice which puts young people at the centre of their learning and development, is life changing. Good luck to all of those shortlisted.”

The Herald Society Awards 2019 Shortlist

Education Initiative of the Year

  • British Heart Foundation Scotland – Scotland: A Nation of Lifesavers
  • City of Edinburgh Council – Discover!
  • City of Edinburgh Council & Police Scotland – Turn Your Life Around
  • Wheatley Foundation – Bursary Programme

Young People’s Project of the Year (Aged 16-24) – sponsored by Wheatley Group

  • Action for Children – Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service
  • Bolt FM (Part of St. Paul’s Youth Forum) – Media for Social Good
  • Fife Gingerbread – Fife Teen Parent Project
  • YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) – Me and you

Campaigner(s) of the Year

  • British Heart Foundation Scotland – Scotland: A Nation of Lifesavers
  • Church of Scotland – Stop the Umeed Bakhsh family from being deported
  • DYW Glasgow & Glasgow Chamber of Commerce – #NoWrongPath

Herald Society Team of the Year – sponsored by Wheatley Group

  • Beatson Cancer Charity
  • Compassionate Inverclyde – No-one Dies Alone (NODA)
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – Deep End GP Pioneer Scheme
  • Simon Community Scotland – Rough Sleeping and Vulnerable People Service

Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by evh

  • Alan Gibson – Sandyhills Community Empowerment Programme
  • Duncan Spiers – Calums Cabin
  • Gilbert Feron – LEAP
  • Sabrina Raza – Active Life Club

Community Project of the Year

  • Glasgow Disability Alliance
  • Scottish Book Trust – Digital Storytelling Residencies
  • Pauls Youth Forum
  • The Tannahill Centre

Older People’s Project of the Year (Over the age of 65)

  • Edinburgh Leisure – Movement for Memories
  • LEAP
  • Lingo Flamingo
  • Living Streets – Walking Connects

Partnership Award – Sponsored by Turcan Connell

  • Cyrenians & Essential Edinburgh
  • Glasgow Clyde College & Prince and Princess of Wales
  • Scotland Excel in partnership with Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company
  • Stand up for Siblings (SUFS)

Health and Social Care Integration Award

  • New College Lanarkshire – Hairdressing for Hope: Hospital Salon
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – Deep End GP Pioneer Scheme
  • The Coach House Trust – Arts & Wellbeing

Herald Society Worker of the Year

  • Gillian Melville – University of Strathclyde Law Clinic
  • Rhona Cunningham – Fife Gingerbread
  • Sarah Robertson – YouthLink Scotland

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Hey Girls CIC
  • Hazel Smith – ReTweed
  • Social Bite – Wee Sleep Out
  • The Shieling Project

Improving Young Peoples Lives’ Award – sponsored by YouthLink Scotland

  • City of Edinburgh Council & Police Scotland – Turn your Life Around
  • Dunedin Canmore Housing – Youth Projects
  • Fast Forward – Gambling Education Hub
  • The Yard – Fun and Friendship Clubs

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 6 at DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow, and will behosted by Jennifer Reoch. To attend please visit

Updates can also be followed on Twitter at @HeraldEvents. To attend please visit or contact Stephen Downie, Events Executive on 0141 302 6014.