More than 40 voluntary organisations have been recognised ahead of June's awards.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has unveiled the list of finalists for this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.
Run annually by the SCVO, the evening in June will celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector.
This year’s shortlist includes 44 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.
Winners will be announced on June 15, 2022 in a glittering awards ceremony hosted by BBC broadcaster Sally Magnusson at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Anna Fowlie, SCVO chief executive, said: "The Scottish Charity Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work of charities, community organisations and social enterprises across Scotland.
“The entries this year are as fabulous as ever and the 44 finalists come in all shapes and sizes.”
Included in the nominees for this year’s Campaign of the Year award are Leucie House, ENABLE Scotland, MND Scotland and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
In the Volunteer of the Year category, Nan Fotheringham (Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau), Ruth Hart (Kairos Women+), Carol Topper (Playlist for Life), Heather Bryson (Dementia and Disabled Services), Jane Clifford (Parkinson’s UK) and Christopher Mathers (Quarriers) will battle it out.
With the fantastic work being done across the sector, those recognised for their efforts in the Pioneering Project category are Camphill School Aberdeen for the COVID-19 Pop-up Vaccine Centre, Inside Out (Staf/CYCJ: Youth Justice Voices and Barnardo's Scotland: Outside In HMP&YOI Polmont), Langholm Initiative’s efforts creating the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve, Scottish Badgers’s Earn Your Stripes campaign, as well as Simon Community Scotland’s Access Hub.
Charity of the year sees a tough fight, with Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs, S.M.I.L.E Counselling, Covid:aid, Wellbeing Works, Dundee and The Larder challenging for the gong.
A full list of the finalists for this year’s awards is online now.
Ms Fowlie added: “Every one of them is making a huge difference - they make Scotland a better place to live and I'm very much looking forward to meeting them in June.
“This is your chance to vote for your favourite in the People's Choice Award, so please offer your support.”