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Revealed: Finalists for the Scottish Charity Awards 2021 named


The awards will celebrate the amazing achievements of organisations and individuals in response to Covid-19

The finalists for this year's Scottish Charity Awards have been revealed.

Winners will be announced on 1 October in an online ceremony so that all finalists and attendees who wish to attend are still able to join the celebrations in a safe way, regardless of lockdown restrictions.  

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector. 

This year’s shortlist includes 47 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country. While a judging panel will determine the winners under nine distinct categories, members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award – by visiting the SCVO website - before 5pm on Friday 27 August 2021. 

The full shortlist includes: 

Campaign of the year 

  • Save Your Outdoor Centres  
  • Aberlour Children’s Charity - Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund  
  • Care Home Relatives Scotland - Anne's Law  
  • Stop It Now! Scotland - Get Help or Get Caught  
  • Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - Long Covid Care Now  
  • RSABI - #KeepTalking  

Volunteer of the year 

  • Central and West Integration Network - Shawn Nicholas Fernandez  
  • Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - Douglas Sewell  
  • Bridge Community Project - Alistair Brown  
  • Carers Trust Scotland - Andrew Robertson, CBE  
  • CACE (Cumbernauld Action on Care of the Elderly) - Bob MacKenzie  
  • Edinburgh Tool Library - Rosie Sinclair  

Pioneering project 

  • Macrobert Arts Centre - Create:Inclusion  
  • The Louise Project  
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs - Click and Deliver Naloxone  
  • PEEK Possibilities for Each and Every Kid - PEEKACHEW  
  • Cyrenians - Emergency Food Provision - Covid-19  
  • LGBT Youth Scotland - Pride & Pixels  

Employee of the year 

  • Wheatley Care – Linda Walker  
  • Harlawhill Day Care Centre - Fiona Mitchell  
  • AbilityNet - Chris Grant  
  • MOOD - Lorraine Jarvie  
  • Carers Trust Scotland - Nicola Bell  

Community Action 

  • Recovery Enterprises Scotland CIC  
  • TripleTapTech  
  • Glasgow Afghan United - Covid Response Project  
  • Cumbernauld Resilience  
  • The Flourishing Well  

Climate Conscious 

  • LEAP - R:evolve Recycle  
  • 2050 Climate Group - Young Leaders Development Programme  
  • Forth Valley Sensory Centre - Making Sense of Energy Saving  

Trustee of the year 

  • Fringe Society – Fiona Davis  
  • Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust (KLCT) - Pamela Noble  
  • Edinburgh School Uniform Bank - Julia Grindley  
  • Cosgrove Care - Lilias Dunlop  
  • Linkes (SCIO) - Robert Smith  

Digital citizens 

  • Lead Scotland  
  • People Know How  
  • The Louise Project  
  • Glasgow's Golden Generation  
  • One Parent Families Scotland - Edinburgh  

Charity of the year 

  • Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity (ECHC)  
  • WHALE Arts  
  • Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (Scottish SPCA)  
  • Scran Academy SCIO  
  • West Lothian Foodbank SCIO  
  • Cassiltoun Housing Association 

Anna Fowlie, chief executive of SCVO, said: “At SCVO we know that fantastic work is going on in the voluntary sector all the time and we are delighted to celebrate these achievements and successes through the Scottish Charity Awards. We had a record-breaking number of entries this year and each one demonstrated just how well the voluntary sector has responded and adapted to changes and restrictions over the past 12 months, which made shortlisting all the more difficult.

"Our 47 finalists showcase just how diverse our sector is and highlight the fantastic work that has been going on across the country during the coronavirus pandemic. The awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising the people and organisations who have made such a difference and I would encourage everyone to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.” 

You can read more about the awards, and see pictures of all the finalists, in this month's TFN magazine.



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