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?
Alan Ross and James Donnelly, Tenancy Support Service, Loretto Housing
CATEGORY 2: BRIGHT SPARK
Are you, or is someone you know, a young person working in social services in a care and support setting but have already made a real difference to someone's life? Â Do you/they have a positive attitude? Â Are they proud of the work they do? Do you/they take the time to understand what the people you support want and need, helping them to achieve their potential?
Charlie Halliday, Action for Children's New Horizons Housing Support Service
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?
Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership, Shared Lives Scheme
IMPROVING PERFORMANCE AND USE OF EVIDENCE
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 â€“ 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.
Humanitarian Protection TeamDundee City Council, NHS Tayside, Police Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Department of Work and Pensions, Third Sector interface
CATEGORY 5: A DIFFERENT APPROACH
Are you, or is someone you know, doing things differently to make a positive change for the people they support? This is about taking a different approach, trying something new and being innovative in your thinking to deliver the best outcome for service users.
Ensemble, Loretto Care
Time For Change, Shelter Scotland
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.
David Walker Gardens, South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership
PROMOTING SOCIAL SERVICES
CATEGORY 7: LEADING FOR IMPACT
Has this person demonstrated leadership in a team, organisation or more widely? Have they inspired colleagues to do the right thing for the people they support? Have they brought about changes which have made a positive impact on the people they support? Have they led others to ensure they also make an impact on the service they help deliver?
Erin Stevenson, The Richmond Fellowship Scotland
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.
Viv Clelland, Vibrant Communities, East Ayrshire Council
CATEGORY 9: MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN
Have you led a successful project or campaign to improve or change something which affects you, your organisation or the wider social services sector? This could include a local recruitment campaign, a campaign to change behaviours, improve staff wellbeing or raise awareness of an issue which affects the people you support. It could be about promoting an issue, challenging a stigma or promoting or championing the interests of the people you support. Ultimately it is about making a change happen.
Recruitment Partnership Team, Crossreach
POLICY FOCUS * SPECIAL AWARD
CATEGORY 10: EXCELLENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Each year we choose a special Policy Focus award. This year our award recognises the importance of mental health services across our society and the importance of good mental health for all. People should be able to get the right help at the right time, expect recovery, and fully enjoy their rights, free from discrimination and stigma – our mental health services are therefore fundamental to this vision.
This is our opportunity to recognise the value of mental health services in supporting people of all ages and from all backgrounds to address their mental health.
North Ayrshire Involved! Group
Paul Watson and Jonathan Rumsey for Bright Spark: Tanya Smith, Balhousie Care
Paul Watson and Jonathan Rumsey for Bright Spark: Tanya Smith, Balhousie Care
Winning this award has brought fantastic benefits to our staff, the team and our association. So much good work goes unrecognised and, as a Manager there is nothing more fulfilling than a fully functional team who are recognised and rewarded for the great work they do.Sheltered Housing Services Manager, Port of Leith Housing Association
This recognition was an excellent opportunity for a very new service to become more visible and raise awareness of the important work carried out on equality and on protecting the human rights of vulnerable people in Scotlandâ€™s Black and Minority Ethnic communities.Service Team Leader, Bright Choices
This was a huge confidence boost for me, as it came as I began my social work career. It also acted as wonderful recognition of Glasgow Caledonian University and East Ayrshire Council Health and Social Care Partnershipâ€™s commitment to providing quality social work placements. Itâ€™s vital that we use all available opportunities to recognise social services workers who have â€˜gone the extra mileâ€™ and made differences to the lives of others. As such, I would implore anyone connected to this amazing profession to nominate any individual, team, service or organisation that deserves public praise for their efforts.Social Work Student, Glasgow Caledonian University
The award meant a great deal to the organisation and all our members. We were delighted and extremely proud to receive this accolade. We would recommend others to apply for the SSSA awards where achievements are recognised and celebrated on a national, public platform. Itâ€™s an opportunity to proudly share the positive social benefits that such innovative, user-led projects can bring about and reinforces the need to continue supporting them.C-Change Scotland
It was great to have recognition and be nominated. It helped to raise the profile of the service - winning was an added bonus! The video helped to bring the service to life and was very powerful, clearly showing how vital it is to have an empathetic approach which puts people first. Both services working together enhances how we can help people and show how effective collaborative working can be when there is a clear understanding of the needs of the client group.Glasgow Women's Supported Bail Service
Having the opportunity to celebrate the positive impact the service has on the lives of the individuals we support is a great feeling! Services, teams and individuals should definitely enter these awards. It's a great forum to raise the profile of the care sector and acknowledge all the amazing people who work so hard to support individuals to live a meaningful life.
Winning the Making Change Happen Category reinforced to us that what we were doing was well thought of externally, by our professional body, SSSC. This professional recognition really boosted the team. It has also opened doors for us as an Organisation ; introducing us to people and organisations to increase the awareness of the work we do and in time seeing this type of initiative mirrored in other organisationsCorinne Morrison-Gillies, Head of HR Operations and People Development