‘Putting your head above the parapet’, ‘silo busting’ and ‘carers champion’ are three of the categories in the new Scottish Social Services Awards, launched today (January 16th).
Highlighting the commitment of the people in this sector, the awards acknowledge innovation, joined up thinking and a willingness to speak up for vulnerable people. Other categories recognise those with the ‘courage to take a risk’ and the role of the ‘unsung hero’, who has made a positive difference to people’s lives.
Open to individuals, teams and organisations, the awards showcase the innovation and excellent practice taking place at the frontline of Scottish social services.
The Scottish social services sector is a diverse workforce totalling almost 200,000 people across local authorities, the third and independent sectors. Many people will come into contact with social services at some point in their lives. When they do they will find a dedicated and skilled workforce that makes difficult decisions every day to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. These awards are about the people and teams who have done just that – made a positive difference for individuals, for communities and for colleagues.
In welcoming the launch of the new Awards Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years said:
“The life changing and challenging work undertaken by the people who work across our social services cannot, and should not, be underestimated. This valuable work is crucial to creating a more equal and socially just Scotland. The people in this sector should be justifiably proud of the work they do.
“It is therefore right that we start 2017 by launching the Scottish Social Services Awards so that we all have an opportunity to recognise this valuable workforce. These new Awards will be a great opportunity to demonstrate the excellent work going on across the sector and how people are using all of their values, knowledge and skills to support real improvement in people’s lives.
“Every day I see examples of the what the people in this sector do to support some of our most vulnerable people – these Awards are the chance to hear their stories and recognise the difference they are making to people’s lives. There’s a lot to be proud of in our social services, and I look forward to meeting the winners at the Awards ceremony.”
Shortlisted award entries will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in June 2017 at Crieff Hydro Hotel. Nominations are open until 28 February 2017.
A full list of the categories and more details on how to enter can be found here.
CATEGORY 10: CARERS CHAMPION – SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL CARERS ORGANISATIONS IN SCOTLAND *
Each year we will choose a special Policy Focus award. This year, in recognition of the Carers Act, we are celebrating the work of unpaid carers. We are looking for a person or team or organisation that has championed the rights of unpaid carers and helped secure positive change.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:
- has gone the extra distance to give their support to unpaid carers in Scotland.
- leads by example in promoting carer engagement, ensuring that carers are seen as equal partners in decision making.
- has given exceptional support to unpaid carers to make a difference and bring about positive change.
- Individuals, teams or organisations who have championed the rights and interests of carers
* This award is sponsored by the National Carer Organisations in Scotland comprised of: Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.