2017 Winners

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?

Leith Housing Association - Sheltered Housing Service Team

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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?

Clarke, Social Work Student Glasgow Caledonian University

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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, CrossReach

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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.

Turning Point Scotland and Aberlour

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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

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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.

UP2U: Renfrewshire Criminal Justice Team

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.

Fullarton Project - Loretto Care

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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 - Forrest Street Children’s House

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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.

Bright Choices - SACRO

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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.

Picking up the Pieces - ENABLE Scotland

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Highly Commended

The Scottish Social Services Awards received 155 entries within its launch year.

The judges were impressed with the number and quality of entries.  But, with only 31 able to be shortlisted, they had a tough job on their hands selecting just a few for the final ceremony, when the winners will be revealed. In some of the most popular categories this decision was even tougher.

The judges want to recognise a small selection of submissions, which were unable to be shortlisted due to the high number of entries within these categories.

The following entries have been highly commended:

Category 1: Living the Codes

Andrew Parker, Wheatlands Children’s Unit, Scottish Borders Council

Category 2: Bright Spark

Maria McGinley, Ypeople West, Ypeople

Category 3: An Enlightened Approach

Kirsty Hunter, Care and Learning Alliance, Opening Doors Project for Care and Learning Alliance

Category 8: The Untold Story

Michael Timmons, Community Engagement and Activity Lead, Loretto Care

Flora Hay, Care Service Manager, Blackwood Homes and Care

Category 9: Head Above the Parapet

Fordneuk Accommodation and Alcohol Support Service, Loretto Care

The judges would like to thank everyone who took part and support the Scottish Social Services Awards.