SCVO media release
2 May 2016

Charities and volunteers right across Scotland have been named as finalists in the Scottish Charity Awards. Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the life-changing work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO, said:

“Year after year Scottish charities and voluntary organisations prove themselves to be beacons for creativity, tenacity and innovation. This year’s Scottish Charity Awards finalists demonstrate these qualities in abundance and are shining examples of how people can work together to make Scotland a better and fairer place.”

All shortlisted entries will also compete for the People’s Choice Award which will be decided by the public via online voting.

The full shortlist includes:

Charity of the year

  • Saheliya
  • The Prince’s Trust Scotland
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • Glasgow Bike Station

Celebrating communities

  • Shazam Theatre Company
  • The Southside Association
  • Woodlands Community Development Trust
  • Friends of Oban Community Playpark
  • South Seeds

Charity champion

  • Sarah Winckless – Scottish Huntington’s Association
  • Jeremy Roebuck – Grow Movement
  • Gordon Aikman – MND Scotland
  • Lucy Lintott MND – Scotland
  • Petra McMillan – Marie Curie

Exceptional employee

  • Chris Martin – Callander Youth Project Trust
  • Steven Sweeney – Aberdeen FC Community Trust
  • Claire Gillies – Penicuik YMCA-YWCA
  • Dorothy Buchanan – Citizens Advice Scotland

Cracking campaign

  • R:evolve Recycle – Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP)
  • The Power of ‘Are you Okay?’ – See Me
  • Disabled Access Day – Euan’s Guide
  • Stop the Bus – ENABLE Scotland
  • Make Renting Right – Shelter Scotland

Perfect partnership

  • Aberdeen FC Community Trust and Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Social Investment Scotland and Asda
  • The National Autistic Society and Harper Macleod LLP
  • Tullochan and West Dunbartonshire Council Education Services
  • Health & Social Care Alliance (Scotland) and GPs at the Deep End
  • Macmillan Cancer Support and Glasgow Life

Digital dynamo

  • John Wheatley Learning Network
  • The Libertie Project Limited
  • Silver City Surfers
  • Euan’s Guide
  • Quarriers (Go4IT Project)

Notes to editors:

  1. The Scottish Charity Awards are open to any voluntary organisation, charity, community group or individual charity volunteer or staff member. More information is available at the Scottish Charity Awards website
  1. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Thursday 9 June
  2. For more general information, please contact Charlotte McNeill, Press Officer at SCVO, on 07790 601 995. For more detailed queries, please approach the finalists directly