Huge congratulations to every individual and organisation below. In addition to the shortlist, a small number of entries in the most competitive categories were highly commended – full details here.

Supporting the workforce

Category 1: Living the codes

Have you succeeded in bringing the Scottish Social Services Council’s (SSSC) codes of practice to life in social services? Have you gone above and beyond compliance to make a positive impact by using the codes?

POLHA Sheltered Housing Service Team

Organisation: Port of Leith Housing Association

T.A.S.C & Happy Little People After School Care Team

Organisation: T.A.S.C. & Happy Little People After School Care Team

Becs Barker, Service Manager, Community Contacts Manager

Organisation: Carr Gomm, Community Contacts

Category 2: Bright spark

Are you, or someone you know, new to social services but have already made a real difference to someone’s life? Do you have a positive attitude? Do you take the time to understand what the people you support want and need, helping them to achieve their potential?

Max Alexander, Playworker

Organisation: The Yard

David Clarke, Student

Organisation: Glasgow Caledonian University

Chelsea Rocks, Support Worker

Organisation: Scottish Association for Mental Health

Category 3: An enlightened approach

How do you recognise the importance of learning and development within the workforce? At times when budgets may be stretched, are you thinking creatively and working collaboratively to make the most of training opportunities? Are you learning from the people we support, care for and work with?

Bluebird Care

Organisation: Bluebird Care

Care home team at Pulteney House in Wick

Organisation: NHS Highland

Threshold Glasgow

Organisation: CrossReach

Understanding service quality and performance

Category 4: Silo buster

This is about joined up thinking, working and delivering. Do you take the time to understand your colleagues, agree what each of you can contribute - and follow that through to make a difference to people’s lives? At times of integration and change these skills, which break through organisational barriers and cultures, are vital. It is not about sharing a space, but a common approach to support and care for people.

East Renfrewshire HSCP Youth Intensive Support Service (YISS)

Organisation: East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Midlothian Intermediate Care Service

Organisation: Midlothian Health and Social Care partnership

Glasgow Women's Supported Bail Service

Organisations: Turning Point Scotland and Aberlour

West Lothian Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing Screening Group

Organisation: West Lothian Council

Category 5: The courage to take a risk

Have you, or someone you know, taken a risk; looked adversity in the face and stood up to make a change? Many successful business people failed initially but learned from that experience and went on to great things. This can happen in social services too. This award recognises those who have used experience to make positive changes.

Dates-n-Mates Scotland

Organisation: C-Change Scotland

West island Way - East Ayrshire Intensive Support Team

Organisation: East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

STAR Project: The Right Support at the Right Time with the Right People

Organisation: Perth and Kinross Council Education and Children's Services

Improving use of evidence

Category 6: Making research and evidence real

Have you embedded the use of research or evidence into social services practice? Perhaps you have implemented an idea from a peer review journal, or interpreted the evaluation of a service, or used local feedback to change and improve how you do things. The emphasis is on looking at current practice and using research to challenge current thinking and find new ways of doing things; or doing new things.

The Tay Project

Organisation: Dundee City Council

Ypeople Pathways

Organisation: Ypeople 

UP2U: Renfrewshire Criminal Justice Team

Organisation: Renfrewshire Council

Category 7: Thought leadership

Have you influenced thinking in your team, your organisation or more widely? By learning, discussing and trying new things have you brought about changes which benefit service users? Have you helped foster a culture where challenge is encouraged and practice is informed by what we can demonstrate works.

James Ross, Fife Council

Organisation: Fife Council

Fullarton Project: Loretto Care

Organisation: Loretto Care

Quarriers: Technology Enabled Care

Organisation: Quarriers

Promoting public understanding

Category 8: The untold story

We are looking for an unsung hero; an inspiring individual who thinks that they are ‘just doing their job’ but whose approach makes it so much more than that? Do you or someone you know fit this description? We want to celebrate people who have helped make a positive difference for others either through their day-to- day work, or promoting the social services profession more widely.

Norma Lawrie, Manager, Forrest Street Children's House

Organisation: North Lanarkshire Council

Gail Carstairs, Project Coordinator, 'We can all do It'

Organisation: ENABLE Scotland

Maureen Blackie, Care Assistant

Organisation: Leuchie House


Category 9: Head above the parapet

Have you spoken up about an issue, promoting social justice and championing the interests of the vulnerable. We want to encourage people to stand up for others and challenge rhetoric that can damage the interests of the people we work with.

Your Voice Advocacy Service

Organisation: North Lanarkshire Council

Bright Choices

Organisation: SACRO

Quarriers Inclusion Team: War on Hate Crime

Organisation: Quarriers

Policy focus * Special award

Category 10: Carers champion - Supported by The National Carers Organisation in Scotland

Each year we will choose a special Policy Focus award. This year, in recognition of the Carers Act, we are celebrating the work of unpaid carers. We are looking for a person or team or organisation that has championed the rights of unpaid carers and helped secure positive change.

Short Break Carers Information Service

Organisation: Lanarkshire Carers Centre

Picking up the Pieces

Organisation: ENABLE Scotland 

Shared Lives Scheme

Organisation: Aberdeenshire Council

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