Scottish Charity Awards 2019 Voting

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Demonstrating digital Alzheimer Scotland

Providing care and support to those living with dementia is at its heart a people-centred approach, but the team at Alzheimer Scotland know that they need to reach more people - especially in geographically disparate areas. They want digital to be at the core of what they do. Ens…
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Celebrating communities Bridgend Farmhouse

2018 was Bridgend Farmhouse’s most exciting and significant year yet. Finally owners of an old farmhouse through a community asset transfer, the team renovated it, appointed their first staff and proudly welcomed 1,000 people to their grand opening party. The team opened a volunt…
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Demonstrating digital Children’s University Scotland

Aspire is a new online platform that helps children to overcome barriers to learning and recognises wider achievement in a unique way. Aspire offers a fun and engaging way for children to search for learning beyond the classroom, log their activities, collect credits, build their…
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Pioneering project Companionship in the Community – Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home

‘Companionship in the Community’ is Give a Dog a Bone’s latest project and a further example of how the organisation tackles loneliness in people’s ageing years through animal companionship. Offering a safe space to retired people to make new friends, learn new skills and mix wit…
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Pioneering project Connect 2 Support Programme – Deafblind Scotland

Deafblind Scotland’s ‘Connect 2 Support’ (C2S) home visiting programme aims to make social welfare and welfare rights more accessible for sensory impaired adults. The programme maximises the rights of individuals so they can have a fair and decent quality of life through alleviat…
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Leading light Craig Wilson – Big Hearts Community Trust

Big Hearts Community Trust aims to improve the lives of individuals and families at risk of social isolation. As charity of Heart of Midlothian FC, Big Hearts uses the power of football to reach out and better support those most vulnerable, working closely with partners and chari…
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Charity of the year Drake Music Scotland

From small beginnings 20 years ago running a workshop for 15 people, Drake Music Scotland has grown into Scotland’s leading disability music charity. Every year the team create opportunities using innovative inclusive technologies and methods that support 1000 disabled people to…
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Demonstrating digital ENABLE Scotland 

ENABLE Scotland has developed a ground-breaking assisted travel app to support individuals who have learning disabilities in becoming independent travellers. ENABLE Me is a hybrid mobile application, available on both Android and iOS free of charge to all users. The app has six k…
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Charity champion Eleanor Moffat – Breast Cancer Now

Eleanor is an outstanding community fundraiser. Over the last 20 years, she has raised over £90,000 to help fund world-class breast cancer research - her goal is to now reach £100,000! Through coffee mornings, charity dinners and bingo nights, Eleanor has reached an incredible fu…
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Pioneering project Equality, Equity & Justice! – Intercultural Youth Scotland

Intercultural Youth Scotland encourages a collective action of less heard ethnic minority young voices in Scotland, creating social impact and justice. The organisation broadens horizons and offers direct specialist support and vital pathways for Scottish Intercultural young peop…
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Pioneering project Family Food Service – Move On

Move On’s Family Food Service has created a ‘holiday hunger network’ in Glasgow, enabling partners to share best practice, raise the profile of families going hungry when schools are closed and the impact this has on them, and collaborate on innovative and sustainable solutions.…
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Leading light Fatima Ramzan – Dundee International Women’s Centre

Since marrying at 18 and having four children, Fatima has been to university, achieved a post graduate degree in Community Learning and Development and followed a professional career, all things which were not expected by her community. She wants other women to widen their horizo…
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Celebrating communities Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home 

Give a Dog a Bone is a young, unique, and award winning charity tackling loneliness in people’s ageing years through animal companionship. The team applied to be considered for a Scottish Charity Award to help boost the profile of their charity and are bowled over to be shortlist…
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Pioneering project Growing2gether – Ecologia Youth Trust

Growing2gether is the only programme in Scotland which pairs young people as mentors to nursery children needing extra support and combines this with life skills coaching. The organisation seeks to inspire young people who are facing personal challenges, to achieve their potentia…
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Celebrating communities Harlawhill Day Care Centre

This organisation provides quality care for the frail and elderly in the local community, helping them to retain independence and keeping them healthy and active, both mentally and physically. This is achieved by motivating and stimulating clients via a diverse range of activitie…
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Celebrating communities I Am Me Scotland

I Am Me Scotland is a community based charity working in partnership with Police Scotland to enable disabled and vulnerable people to feel safe within their communities. The Charity has achieved an incredible amount since forming as a local community group in 2013. The team has d…
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Demonstrating digital Inclusive Skating

Inclusive Skating is a small charity with a global vision. What they lack in funds is matched by commitment to an ambitious digital strategy. A wide range of new digital capabilities has been harnessed to support the delivery of the organisation’s services, meaning valuable volun…
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Cracking campaign I’m Back Caring – Clean the River – Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust (MAEDT)

Midlothian’s River South Esk has been polluted with sewage for years and one small tributary, the Mary Burn, was especially bad. Sewage had poured into it unchecked for more than a decade leaving half a kilometre in hard-to-reach woodland covered with thousands of sanitary towels…
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Terrific trustee John Baxter – Blood Bikes Scotland

Blood Bikes Scotland offers a free of charge transport service to NHS Lothian, Borders, Fife and Forth Valley. Via a fleet of ten specially adapted Hi-Viz motorbikes volunteers transport samples, medication, baby milk, equipment, and documentation between NHS facilities, hospices…
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Terrific trustee Julian Reeves – Seamab

On joining Seamab, Julian brought with him connections and networks, and has consistently used these to benefit the charity and the children. Julian is very self-aware, understands his own knowledge and strengths, and always seeks to learn about less familiar areas of the charity…
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Charity champion Laura Reid – Support in Mind Scotland

Laura Reid’s world fell apart when her son Calum, who had been struggling with mental ill health, took his own life at the age of 21. In response to this tragedy, Laura has embarked on an admirable campaign of positivity, rallying support and raising mental health awareness and f…
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Terrific trustee Liz Leonard – Scottish Refugee Council

The team at the Scottish Refugee Council are inspired by Liz’s ongoing contribution towards increasing the organisation’s public engagement, profile and fundraising activity through the implementation of an ambassador programme and her leadership role as a Board Director. Her lea…
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Charity of the year Maggie’s

Relying almost entirely on voluntary donations, Maggie’s supported 281,000 visits across the UK in 2018 and saw a rise of 13 per cent of first-time visitors in Scotland, meaning the Centre’s expert staff now welcome a third of all newly diagnosed people. The original Maggie’s cen…
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Cracking campaign Maggie’s Penguin Parade – Maggie’s

Maggie’s Penguin Parade was created with the idea of raising funds for Maggie’s Dundee, a cancer support centre which relies almost entirely on voluntary donations. The penguins raised a staggering £552,000 when auctioned at V&A in Dundee in September, around 60,000 people visite…
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Terrific trustee Megan Sutherland – Who Cares? Scotland

Megan Sutherland is 21 years old and has experienced kinship, residential, foster and supported care placements. She grew up in Inverness and became a member of Who Cares? Scotland when she needed advocacy at the age of 15. This led to her studying at the prestigious Harvard Summ…
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Leading light Morag Francis – Royal Blind

Morag lives and breathes her job. She has worked at Royal Blind for 25 years rising from Staff Nurse to Head of Care of Older people at Royal Blind managing our two care homes - Braeside House in Liberton and Jenny’s Well in Paisley. She is an advocate for positive change and fig…
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Terrific trustee Moray Macdonald – Scouts Scotland

As Chair of Scouts Scotland for the past five years, Moray truly believes in the organisation’s work to support young people to develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Moray really champions inclusion and youth involvement, and has been key in implementing youth-led deci…
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Cracking campaign Nation of Lifesavers – British Heart Foundation Scotland

BHF Scotland’s aim through the ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ campaign was to save lives by improving Scotland’s poor survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. To achieve this, the team wanted a commitment from each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities that every secondary pupil…
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Terrific trustee Pamela Scott – Big Hearts Community Trust

Big Hearts Community Trust aims to improve the lives of individuals and families at risk of social isolation. As charity of Heart of Midlothian FC, Big Hearts uses the power of football to reach out and better support those most vulnerable. Big Hearts works closely with partners…
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Cracking campaign Right Here, Right Now – Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP)

The Scottish Youth Parliament’s Right Here, Right Now campaign strengthened the legal protection of young people’s rights and empowered young people to take action. Young people’s rights are human rights, yet in Scotland in 2019, young people’s rights are being breached on a dail…
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Charity champion Robin Barr – Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland

The team at Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland nominated Robin Barr as their Charity Champion this year for his outstanding efforts and achievements spanning 40 years in support of the charity. His loyalty, dedication and general kindness is inspiring, and he has helped the team…
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Demonstrating digital Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Less than 10 per cent of people in the pilot project were online in the beginning. Following training, this increased to over 70 per cent. Online Today has gone on to help 9,500 people in Scotland, reducing the number who had ‘never been online’ from 15 per cent to eight per cent…
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Charity of the year Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)

2018 was special for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, with visitor numbers increasing and its conservation activities to protect threatened species in Scotland and around the world continuing to progress. The Highland Wildlife Park experienced a record number of visitors…
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Charity of the year Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)

There can be no greater measure of success for a charity dedicated to the saving and improving of lives than the number of critically ill or injured patients it has helped. Thousands of patients - of all ages - have been attended to by SCAA and thousands of people across the whol…
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Demonstrating digital Scottish Book Trust

When the Bookbug digital project began in June 2017, the team knew that there was huge potential for more families to benefit from Bookbug, sharing songs, rhymes and stories together. With a Scottish Government grant they realised this ambition, with the help of the Bookbug commu…
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Charity of the year Scottish Cot Death Trust

Last year the organisation was brave and delivered bold outcomes. The team brought an international conference to Scotland for the first time; attended by professionals and bereaved families from 39 countries. They shared how we can all prevent baby deaths and how we can better s…
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Charity champion Shona MacKenzie – Macmillan Cancer Support

Helping Matters aims to support a person living with cancer in the way that is important to them, tailoring support to an individual’s needs and wishes. Shona has dedicated around 500 hours of volunteering to the organisation, supporting around 16 individuals across West Lothian…
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Cracking campaign Social Security in Scotland – a fair definition of ‘terminal illness’ – Marie Curie and MND Scotland

Marie Curie and MND Scotland’s mission was to ensure that Scotland’s new social security system included a fairer definition of terminal illness than the current UK requirement for some of society’s most vulnerable people to prove they have just six months left to live. Support w…
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Cracking campaign Team Carr Gomm – Carr Gomm

Britain is the loneliness capital of Europe and Carr Gomm work to tackle loneliness by raising money to fund community projects and activities. The Team Carr Gomm campaign, based on the concept of a 1,000 mile virtual route around Scotland, asked people to sign up, pledge a targe…
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Celebrating communities The Attic

The Attic’s aim is to engage with the community to identify and tackle the issues which put so many at a disadvantage compared with the rest of the community. The organisation’s clubs, activities and volunteer training have been developed to help local people overcome their disad…
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Celebrating communities The Super Power Agency

The Super Power Agency aims to improve the lives and literacy skills of some of Edinburgh’s most disadvantaged young people. The team’s creative writing programmes help students aged 8 - 18 explore the potential of the written word, so that together they develop their creativity,…
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Leading light Toni Giugliano – Mental Health Foundation

Toni dramatically increased public awareness for mental health, co-ordinating the first ever landmark light-up for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek in Scotland. He has put Suicide Prevention back on Scotland’s political agenda, successfully lobbying for a new body to drive forward suic…
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Pioneering project Unforgotten Forces – The Unforgotten Forces consortium

Unforgotten Forces is a truly ground-breaking project. In its first 18 months the consortium has provided more than 6,000 instances of support to older members of the Armed Forces community living in Scotland. Unforgotten Forces is led by Poppyscotland and comprised of 16 organis…
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Charity of the year Young Enterprise Scotland 

2018 was a thriving period for YE Scotland. The launch of ‘Enterprise for All’ - an exciting new three-year strategic plan aiming to make enterprise education accessible to ALL regardless of background or academic ability -became central to all of the organisation’s activities. T…
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