SSSC announce Care Accolades 2010 finalists

The innovation and dedication of social service workers and their organisations in Scotland is being recognised as the finalists for the Care Accolades 2010, the ‘Oscars’ for the social services sector are announced.

This year’s finalists highlight just how diverse social services in Scotland needs to be, covering everything from tackling gang culture in our communities to helping young people into successful careers. Each of these projects illustrates the challenges of providing social services and the difference their success makes to our communities.

Now in its seventh year, the Care Accolades, organised by the SSSC in partnership with the Scottish Government showcases the excellent work happening in social services across Scotland. This year’s finalists include organisations from the voluntary, private and local authority.

The finalists will find out who has won at the award-winning Care Accolades lunch and award ceremony presented by Radio Scotland host Kaye Adams on the 11 June 2010 at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort.

Garry Coutts, chair of the Care Accolades 2010 judging panel said: ‘The judges are delighted with the range and level of entries to the Care Accolades this year. Everyone who entered deserves to be honoured.

‘The Care Accolades offers real recognition for those organisations delivering vital services to people in communities across Scotland every day. This is a great chance to hear about the good work happening in social services and it was terrific to have so many excellent entries.’

Investing in the workforce
Palliative Care Initiative including Beyond Barriers Project – Alzheimer Scotland
HEC in Person Centred Approaches – Thistle Foundation, Edinburgh
Highland Home Carers – Highland Home Carers

Partnership working – adult care services
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Service – West Dunbartonshire Council with partner organisations
The Oasis, Garelochhead – Argyll and Bute Council with NHS Highland and CrossReach
The Prevention of Homelessness Partnership – Glasgow City Council and South West Community Health Care Partnership with Govan Law Centre and Govan Money Matters Advice Centre

Partnership working – early years and young people services
The Prepare Team – City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Department with NHS Lothian
Barnardo’s Works – Barnardo’s Scotland and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)
Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) – East Glasgow Community Health Care Partnership with partner organisations

Involving our community
Flexi-care – Renfrewshire Council
Aberlour Youthpoint – Aberlour Child Care Trust
Tullibody Challenge Project – Action for Children Scotland

Putting personalisation into practice
Meadowview – A Partnership in Practice in Transition to Adult Services – North Ayrshire Council
Getting a Life, Not a Service – Enable Scotland
Transitions to Learning and Work – East Glasgow Community Health Care Partnership

Service development and redesign
Redesign of Mental Health Services in Midlothian – Midlothian Council
Re-enablement Service – City of Edinburgh Council
Community Dental Service (oral health promotion) – NHS Fife and Fife Council

Using new or smart technology
Quarriers Internet Club – Quarriers

Team of the year in Scotland
Oversteps Charter Mark Award – CrossReach – Oversteps
Aberdeen Social Enterprises – Turning Point Scotland
Community Alternatives – North Lanarkshire Council Social Work Services

Outstanding contribution to care award
To be announced.

Overall winner
To be announced at lunch and award ceremony on the 11 June 2010.