Community awards to return

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The SURF Awards highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of community projects

10th June 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Community heroes across Scotland are set to be recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

The national 2019 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration have been launched by the Scottish Government.

The awards are delivered each year by SURF, a regeneration forum with over 300 cross-sector member organisations across Scotland, in partnership with the government.

The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

This year’s five thematic categories include; Supporting Youth Employability sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, Creative Regeneration sponsored by Creative Scotland, Community Led Regeneration sponsored by Highlands and Island Enterprise, Scotland’s Most Improved Place sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Architecture & Design Scotland and finally Housing and Regeneration which celebrates successful links between housing development and wider regeneration outcomes.

The winners of the 2019 Awards will be announced by a Scottish Government minister at a celebratory dinner in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on December 5.

Applications will close on 2 September, with visits by judges following for those that are nominated.

Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities, said: “As we celebrate the 21st year of the SURF Awards, they remain a vital platform for recognising successful community regeneration. Last year’s awards showcased terrific examples of empowered and ambitious communities across Scotland delivering lasting improvements through community-led projects. I encourage as many projects as possible to submit an entry for this year’s awards.”

SURF’s chief executive, Andy Milne, said: “With an ever greater focus on the role of place based regeneration projects, the SURF Awards don’t just highlight the best, they share learning and make the links between local challenges and assets, and national policy and resources.”

For more information and to apply, visit the SURF website.