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 - WINNER

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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

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

Becs Barker, Service Manager, Community Contacts Manager

Organisation: Carr Gomm, Community Contacts

Becs Barker, Carr Gomm

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?

David Clarke, Student - Winner

Organisation: Glasgow Caledonian University

David Clarke, Social Work Student Glasgow Caledonian University
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Chelsea Rocks, Support Worker

Organisation: Scottish Association for Mental Health

Chelsea Rocks, Scottish Association for Mental Health

Max Alexander, Playworker

Organisation: The Yard

Max Alexander

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?

Threshold Glasgow -WINNER

Organisation: CrossReach

Threshold Glasgow, CrossReach
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Care home team at Pulteney House in Wick

Organisation: NHS Highland

Pulteney House in Wick

Bluebird Care

Organisation: Bluebird Care

Bluebird Care

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.


Organisations: Turning Point Scotland and Aberlour

Turning Point Scotland and Aberlour
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Midlothian Intermediate Care Service

Organisation: Midlothian Health and Social Care partnership

Midlothian Intermediate Care Service


Organisation: East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership

East Renfrewshire HSCP

West Lothian Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing Screening Group

Organisation: West Lothian Council

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 - WINNER

Organisation: C-Change Scotland

Dates-n-Mates Scotland
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West Island Way - East Ayrshire Intensive Support Team

Organisation: East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

West Island Way - East Ayrshire Intensive Support Team

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

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

STAR Project

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.


Organisation: Renfrewshire Council

UP2U: Renfrewshire Criminal Justice Team

Ypeople Pathways

Organisation: Ypeople 

Ypeople Pathways


Organisation: Dundee City Council

The Tay Project

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.


Organisation: Loretto Care

Fullarton Project
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Organisation: Fife Council

James Ross

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 - WINNER

Organisation: Forrest Street Children’s House

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

Organisation: ENABLE Scotland

Gail Carstairs

Maureen Blackie, Care Assistant

Organisation: Leuchie House


Maureen Blackie

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.


Organisation: SACRO

Bright Choices
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Organisation: North Lanarkshire Council

Your Voice Advocacy Service

Quarriers Inclusion Team: War on Hate Crime

Organisation: Quarriers

Quarriers Inclusion Team

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.


Organisation: ENABLE Scotland 

Picking up the Pieces
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Short break carers information service

Organisation: Lanarkshire Carers Centre

Short Breaks Carers Information Service

Shared Lives Scheme

Organisation: Aberdeenshire Council

Shared Lives Scheme

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