Shortlist 2018

Film Students from Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh, Glasgow and North East Scotland Colleges have produced short promotional videos for each of the shortlisted entries, which will be shown at the Awards Ceremony.    Have a look at all of them on our video channel here.


Recognises those who bring the Scottish Social Services Council’s (SSSC) codes of practice to life and go above and beyond compliance to make a positive impact.

  • Aberdeenshire Council’s Shared Lives Scheme
    This project used the SSSC Codes of Practice to match people with a disability with someone who shares their interests and values to create a supportive mutual partnership.  It promotes people’s rights to make choices and be valued for who they are.
  • Balhousie Clement Park Personalised Environment
    This home has used the SSSC Codes to create an environment which is personal to each individual who stays there.  Dementia ambassadors work with residents to make people feel safe and secure.
  • Carr Gomm’s Corstorphine Team
    Working with adults with physical and learning disabilities, this team have used the SSSC Codes to ensure a person-centred approach to the people they support, building understanding and focusing on strengths.


Celebrates the work of our young people in the social services sector who are excelling and making a real difference to someone’s life.

  • Sam Armour, Thinking Differently Peer Mentor/Social Work Degree Student, East Ayrshire HSCP
    A peer mentor with East Ayrshire HSCP Thinking Differently Team, Sam supports practitioners to use and promote technology within care, helping people increase their independence.  He joined East Ayrshire HSCP at 16 as a clerical assistant, followed his passion for making a difference, and is now a Social Work Degree student.  He won the Coats Award for the highest marks across all campuses and achieved all of this whilst being a fantastic Dad to his 3 year old, Lacey.
  • James O’Donnell, Cantraybridge College Student
    James is a student at Cantraybridge College, a rural skills college, for young people with additional support needs. The local nursery where he volunteered is assisting him to gain the qualification needed to achieve his ambition of working with children. He hopes he can inspire other people with learning difficulties to follow their dreams.
  • Emma Robertson, Support Practitioner, Turning Point Scotland
    Emma is a full time support practitioner having joined Turning Point as an HNC student on placement.  She supports people with a learning disability to live as independently as possible.   Her commitment and enthusiasm for her job, and the people she supports, are described by colleagues as inspirational.
  • Emma Scott, Room Manager, Pear Tree Nursery
    Emma joined Pear Tree Nursery as a Modern Apprentice and has gone on to complete her SVQ qualifications and be promoted to Room Manager.   She continually looks at how to improve the learning environment for the children and is a role model for other young people looking to join the sector.
  • Ashleigh Stephen, Participation Assistant, Midlothian Council
    Ashleigh is a Participation Assistant supporting the Midlothian Champions Board.  She encourages opportunities for care experienced young people to have their voices heard, building strong relationships with them.  Her determination to improve their outcomes stems from her experience of being in foster care and she is currently a kinship carer herself.


Recognises the importance of learning and development within the workforce and those who are working creatively or collaboratively to make the most of training opportunities at a time when budgets are tight.

  • Balhousie Dementia Ambassadors
    This programme brings people with a passion for dementia care, together from across the organisation, including residents and families to share ideas and learning. This shared approach to learning is increasing positive outcomes for those they support.
  • Gil Martin, Social Work Lecturer, University of Dundee
    Gil is a social work lecturer at Dundee University who works hard to approach learning with innovation and creativity, from the perspective of the learner and also those who use social work services.
  • Seamab – a unique approach
    Seamab provides education and care for vulnerable children who have experienced significant trauma and loss.  They have implemented a new learning and development programme for their workforce so they can better meet the needs of the children they support – a positive child-centred approach that is embedded in practice.



At times of integration and change this award recognises those who break through organisational barriers and cultures to recognise those who take the time to understand the vital contribution of colleagues and take a common approach to support and care for people.

  • Glasgow City Ambition Network, Simon Community Scotland
    This partnership of the Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow City Mission, the Marie Trust, Turning Point and Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership unites those with a common vision and purpose to reduce rough sleeping in the city.
  • Tagsa Uibhist Cuimhne Project
    This voluntary organisation in the Outer Hebrides is a partnership of statutory and third sector organisations seeking to improve the lives of people living with dementia. It removes barriers between organisations to provide the most appropriate resource for people who use their services.
  • Throughcare Service HMP Kilmarnock, Turning Point Scotland and Serco
    This service aims to reduce re-offending among prisoners serving a short sentence in Ayrshire. By improving communication and co-operation across a wide range of private and third sector support organisations it helps prisoners get the support they need on release to remain in the community.


Recognises those who have taken a risk, looked adversity in the face,  stood up to make a change or learned from experience to make a positive change.

  • Anthony Miller, Social Worker, East Ayrshire HSCP, Thinking Differently – Relationships & Risks
    Anthony is a former police officer who retrained as a social worker after recognising the inequalities that children and young people can face.  He works with young people and their families to empower them to make positive changes and has had the courage to think differently about risk in his role as a corporate parent.
  • Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership – host families project for young unaccompanied asylum seekers
    This service provides and supports family placements for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people.  It has been an innovative partnership approach involving faith groups, third sector organisations and young asylum seekers themselves.
  • Local Cornerstone – transforming social care in the UK
    Cornerstone has embarked on an ambitious strategy to transform social care. They took the courage to introduce a new model of delivery, experiencing a period of transformational change.  They are now sharing their story to inspire others and effect systems change in the UK.


Recognises those who challenge current thinking and find new ways of doing things to make improvements. It could be by embedding research and evidence into social practices, or implementing ideas from peers or journals, evaluation or feedback.

  • Birchwood Highland – Migrant Mental Health in the Highlands; peer research translating into strengthening the voice of migrants and refugees in the Highlands
    This charity has worked with partners to develop research into the mental welfare of EU migrants moving to the Highlands. By creating a peer support hub, it has enabled local migrant communities to better access mental health support, and reduce social isolation.
  • Inverclyde HSCP Adoption Services “Birth Ties Support Project”
    This project is a service which offers support to birth families affected by adoption, acknowledging that birth parents often need support in their own right.  It offers advice and counselling to support birth parents and children to better understand their birth family history.
  • Practice Research Team at Scottish Autism
    Our practice research programmes utilise staff knowledge and draw upon the lived experience of autistic individuals. In generating new forms of evidence based on autism services and autistic lives, we support staff and autistic persons to  become the authors of their own experience.


Recognises those who have learned,  challenged, discussed or tried new thinking or practices to bring about change which benefits the people they support.

  • Amy McKellar, Team Lead – Adoption and Permanence, Inverclyde HSCP
    Amy has demonstrated innovative leadership in respect of adoption and permanence services. She has been instrumental in the realignment of the Family Placement Service and in developing the Birth Ties project to better support birth parents throughout the process.
  • Centre for Practice Innovation at Scottish Autism
    Scottish Autism believes that the experiences of practitioners and the autistic people they support are a unique source of knowledge.  Its Centre for Practice Innovation uses this perspective to inform and improve services and undertake new ideas and initiatives to support the autistic community.
  • Jen McKean and Raymond Prior, Team Managers, East Renfrewshire HSCP
    This service works with care experienced young people and has embedded relationship based practice into its service.  Its innovative approach enables young people and the people who support them to work together to understand each other and jointly achieve better outcomes for young people.


This award celebrates people who go the extra mile to make a positive difference for others in their day-to-day job or champion social services more widely.

  • Anthony Davies, Senior Practitioner, SAMH
    Anthony is a support worker who has overcome his own addictions and now uses this understanding to support others to achieve their own recovery.  He has helped many individuals and believes it is a privilege to work with them and for them to trust and share their experience with him.
  • Janice Millar, Family Support Assistant, East Ayrshire HSCP
    Janice is a Family Support Assistant who has been nominated by one of the people she supports.  She helped this person build her confidence and believe in her ability to look after her family.  Her encouraging and non-judgemental approach has helped give this person the strength to believe in her own abilities to be a good mother.
  • Tommy Murphy, Support Worker, Support for Ordinary Living
    Tommy is a support worker who has a unique ability to bring out the best in young people and encourages them to reach their full potential. He has a natural gift of building up trust and developing positive relationships.  His impact on individuals has been strongly praised particularly by the families of the people he supports.


Recognises those who have spoken up about an issue, promoting social justice and championing the interests of the vulnerable.

  • Loretto Care Fordneuk Accommodation and Alcohol Support Service
    This accommodation and alcohol support service supports individuals with a history of homelessness, addictions and challenging behaviour. They strive to challenge discrimination and champion the rights of the people they support – advocating for the people they help.
  • Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN)
    This network for autistic women offers practical support to help identify their strengths, increase confidence and maximise their potential. It is a peer-support organisation led by autistic women seeking to improve the understanding of autistic women and girls.


Celebrates excellence in children’s services in recognition of 2018 being the Year of Young People, which aims to celebrate and create new opportunities for them to shine, locally, nationally and globally.

  • Broxburn Family Centre, Play is our work
    This centre’s aim is to inspire children and build their confidence and skills through Play. As well as early years and Out of School Care and a summer programme, it works with local primary schools to improve children’s confidence and self-esteem.  It also offers courses including outdoor play, Risk in Play and bespoke training to meet children’s needs.
  • Corporate Parenting Team, Renfrewshire Council
    Renfrewshire’s Champions Board enables engagement between care experienced children and young people and senior leaders in the Council. By involving young people in decision making they are delivering improvements to practice and young people’s outcomes.
  • Multi-Cultural Family Base’s Safe Haven Project
    This project works in partnership with other agencies to provide both therapeutic and practical support to refugee children and families (mainly Syrian).  The children and their families have all been affected by war-related trauma within their home country and on their journeys to Edinburgh.