The Herald Society Awards reveals a dozen categories

The Herald Society Awards have unveiled the 12 categories for this year’s showpiece event.

In association with Wheatley Group and supported by evh and Turcan Connell, they celebrate the dedication, imagination and vital impact of some of the best work taking place in the public and voluntary sectors.

Launched in 2008, it is the only scheme to comprehensively recognise the hard work carried out by teams and individuals across Scotland in fields such as health, education, social services and charities.

With 12 categories, The Herald Society Awards is a unique ceremony that recognises the achievements in the public and voluntary sector.

The categories are: Education Initiative of the Year; Young People’s Project of the Year (Aged  16-24) – sponsored by Wheatley Group; Campaigner(s) of the Year; Herald Society team of the Year – sponsored by Wheatley Group; Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by evh; Community Project of the Year; Older People’s Project of the Year (over 65); Partnership Award – sponsored by Turcan Connell; Health & Social Care Integration Award; Herald Society Worker of the Year; Social Entrepreneur of the Year; Improving Young People’s Lives Award.

Wheatley Foundation chairman Sir Harry Burns, who is sponsoring the Young People’s Project of the Year and Herald Society Team of the Year Awards, said: “At Wheatley our mission is Making Homes And Lives Better for the hundreds of thousands of people we work for across Scotland. For us, that means working closely with a range of partners – collaborating, sharing knowledge and developing new solutions that make a difference to communities. We see up close lots of examples, many of them both inspiring and innovative, of people and organisations whose work is changing people’s lives for the better. They deserve to be recognised and celebrated and that is why we are proud to support The Herald Society Awards this year.”

Eamonn Connolly, evh director, who is sponsoring the Unsung Hero Award said: “As an organisation, EVH – Supporting Social Employers, supports local people who take up positions of responsibility and leadership on a voluntary basis and seek nothing in return. Their contribution towards our society is massive, yet it is very often hidden from public view. This is why we are once again delighted to support the Herald Society Unsung Hero Award. It is an excellent way to have these worthy people recognised. So, if you know of local heroes, make sure they are put forward for this year’s award. Time is running out – so get those nominations in”

Kenneth Pinkerton, Legal Director specialising in charity law at Turcan Connell, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with The Herald Society Awards. For more than a decade it has been recognising the individuals and organisations making a difference across the country – helping children, the elderly and all ages inbetween. There are no other awards in the country that cover the full scope of Scotland’s public and voluntary sector in fields such as health, education, social services and charities and give those involved their rightful recognition. To me, these awards reflect the dedication and commitment going on throughout Scotland to build a better future for everyone as we all try to tackle social problems and meet health needs. But they are also a celebration of the hard work in Scotland’s  third and public sectors and the initiatives that have made changes for the better, providing real value for many.”

The entry deadline for this year is Wednesday, September 11 and the event will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow.

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