At Iriss we feel very fortunate to be involved in the judging of the Scottish Social Services Award over the past three years. Members from our team support the selection of winners in a variety of categories each year.
As an organisation, we encourage the sector - its organisations, teams and individuals - to share not only what they do, but also how they do it. Working to meet people’s outcomes often takes courage, ingenuity and tenacity, and it is only by being open (and proud!) of the achievements that we all have an opportunity to learn from each other and take new inspiration into our own work.
The Awards are a wonderful opportunity to both share and celebrate these achievements, and we would encourage you to highlight the fantastic work that you and your colleagues are involved with.
We continue to highlight the excellent work of award winners, for example through our podcast Iriss.fm, and have included a few examples below.
Ensemble Music Project
Ensemble is a Loretto Care project that supports young people out of homelessness through songwriting and music. Ensemble received ‘A 'different approach’ award at the Scottish Social Services Awards 2019.
Emma Scott was the winner of the Bright Spark Award at the Scottish Social Services Awards in 2018. This award aims to recognise a young person who is excelling in the work they do in the sector. Freshly Squeezed aims to 'squeeze' information and inspiration from key influencers in social services in Scotland.