Winners of social care awards, the Care Accolades announced!
The best of Scotland’s social service teams were recognised recently at Care Accolades 2012, the national award ceremony showcasing the very best of the care sector across the country.
The annual awards recognise the extraordinary people and diverse social service projects in Scotland. The finalists and guests heard stories of ground breaking partnership working and the heart-warming efforts made by social service workers and their organisations. Nearly 220 people gathered for the ceremony in Perth, attended by Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, and hosted by Garry Coutts, Chair of the Care Accolades and Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
Care Accolades were launched in 2004, as a joint initiative by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the Scottish Government, to celebrate and promote good practice in workforce development in social services across Scotland. The awards this year seek to highlight and reward outstanding examples of excellent initiatives and projects within social services in Scotland.
Social services are at the heart of our communities and the projects showcased at Care Accolades 2012 highlighted the difference these services are making across a range of services including older people and children’s services and services for people with learning difficulties.
Simply Play, a social enterprise in West Lothian that provides out of school childcare, took home the overall prize of the Chair’s Award. The award is presented to the finalist whom the judges felt demonstrated exceptional achievement and excellence.
Speaking at the event Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People said:
"The professionalism and dedication of those working in Scotland’s social services can never be underestimated. Their sterling work makes a hugely positive difference to thousands of people every day and it should be recognised and applauded.
"The Care Accolades give us the opportunity to do exactly that, by highlighting and celebrating the excellent and innovative work being done across our communities to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Today’s winners and finalists, and all those who applied, rightly deserve the highest praise."
For a full list of winners or to watch the awards ceremony in full, visit Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
(added on 25 June 2012)