The winners of the 2010 Scottish Charity Awards were announced last night at Edinburgh’s Mansfield Traquair Centre. Crossroads (Harris) received the top award for Scottish Charity of the Year 2010.
The organisation, which has an annual budget of just £42,000, provides an essential lifeline for vulnerable people on the tiny island community of Harris who are isolated from both mainland Scotland and often their own neighbours. It was recognised for its commitment to high-level service user involvement and dialogue.
Dr Alison Elliot, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation’s convener and Scottish Charity Award judging panel chair, said: “Crossroad (Harris) Care Attendant Scheme has demonstrated both excellent value for money in meeting the care needs of sick and disabled people on this small island community, but is also at the forefront of service-user involvement. The panel was hugely impressed by the way this service engages with the people who use it and provides them with exactly what they need.”
Other award winners were:
* Charity Champion: Jimmy McIntosh, who was born with cerebral palsy and has spent most of his 70 years campaigning to ensure that the views of disabled people are heard and their rights upheld,
* Community Action Award: community development agency Comas for its innovative approach to providing a fun place to socialize for people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
* Campaign of the Year Award: Action Against Stalking won for its successful work to introduce a definition of stalking into Scots law.
* Partnership Award: the Anthony Nolan Trust won the Partnership Award alongside Strathclyde Fire and Rescue for their joint work to increase the number of bone marrow donors in Scotland.
The judges also decided to award three special commendations to runners up. The Scottish Wildlife Trust was commended for its campaign to reintroduce the beaver to Scotland. Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers was commended for its success in going it alone after its main funder closed down last year. Schoolteacher Robert Clark received a posthumous commendation for his 50 years of work with the Junior Concert Party in Musselburgh.
The Scottish Charity Awards are run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) which is the national body representing the interests of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
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