Winners of 2006 Scottish Care Accolades Announced

{mosimage}The winners of Scotland’s national Care Accolades awards were announced at a glittering gala lunch and award ceremony held in Aberdeen on Friday June 2nd.  Hosted by Kaye Adams the award ceremony took place at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel, Aberdeen.  The annual event recognises best practice throughout the social service sector and guests were treated to stories of ground breaking research, heart-warming efforts and innovative professional practice.

Nearly 200 guests gathered for the ceremony, a joint initiative by the Scottish Social Services Council and the Scottish Executive.  Now in its third year, the Care Accolades recognises and promotes the excellent work being done to address the issues facing social services in Scotland today.  Guests at the Care Accolades included social services users and clients, individual carers and public, private and voluntary social service providers. 

 Morag Alexander, Chair of the Care Accolades judging panel and Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) said: “This award ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of social service workers throughout Scotland. 

Once again we have been impressed by the quality and innovation present throughout the winning categories.  The finalists have been exceptional as highlighted by the stories we’ve heard today.  The research, training and services these organisations and individuals deliver are changing people’s lives.” 

 Deputy Education Minister Robert Brown said:”Caring for vulnerable people in our society is one of the most crucial jobs there is. The professionals that do this on a day to day basis deserve the highest praise.

“They make a real and lasting difference to the lives of many people. That’s why I am really pleased to be here at the Care Accolades and be able to congratulate the finalists and winners personally.”

Local authorities, voluntary and private social service agencies across Scotland were invited to compete across seven categories with the chance to become the overall winner for 2006.  Seventeen finalists were selected by the judging panel from over 120 applications received. 

 The winners for the 2006 awards are:

  • Successful initiatives to recruit and retain staff for organisations with fewer than 100 employees
    Winner: Cora Learning, Bishopton
  • Successful initiative to recruit and retain staff for organisations with more than 100 employees
    Winner: South Lanarkshire Council, Hamilton
    Special commendation:  HRM Homecare Services Ltd, Prestwick 
  • Involvement of people who use services in any aspect of the organisation’s work
    Winner: The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
    Special commendation:  Eighteen and Under
  • Good practice examples of ensuring carers’ participation in an organisation’s work
    Winner: G.A.P., Newmachar, Aberdeen
  • Initiatives that promote integrated working which improve services
    Winner: The ROC project Aberlour Child Care Trust, Glasgow
  • Innovative and/or imaginative training programme
    Winner:  RNIB Scotland, Bishopbriggs
    Special commendation: NCH Scotland, Glasgow
  • Increasing diversity of practice learning opportunities
    Winner:  South Lanarkshire Council, Hamilton
  • Overall Winner:
    The ROC project, Aberlour Child Care Trust

Three stages of judging took place to pick the finalists and winners.