Scottish Charity Awards 2020 finalists revealed

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The winners of the 2019 awards

More than 45 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country have been nominated for the awards on 25 September 

14th August 2020 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The inspiring work of charities across the country will be recognised at the Scottish Charity Awards 2020.

The finalists for the biggest night in the voluntary sector’s calendar were revealed this morning (Friday 14 August).

This year’s shortlist includes 45 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country.

Simon Community Scotland, The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, HIV Scotland, The Green Team and the Moira Anderson Foundation have been nominated in the Charity of the Year category.

The ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be held at the EICC in June, will take place as an online extravaganza so that all finalists and attendees who wish to attend are still able to join the celebrations in a safe way, regardless of lockdown phase or shielding status.  

Anna Fowlie, chief executive of award organisers the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said she was looking forward to celebrating with all those nominated on the big night, which takes place on Friday 25 September.

She said: “Much of the work celebrated this year predates the pandemic. All aspects of our lives have been disrupted in 2020. Our communities and the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises they rely on have been under enormous pressure. Scotland’s voluntary sector has never been more needed and will be essential to Scotland’s recovery. At SCVO we know that fantastic work is going on all the time and we are delighted to celebrate these achievements and successes through the Scottish Charity Awards.

“This year’s shortlist of 45 finalists showcases just how diverse our voluntary sector is, and highlights the fantastic work that has been going on across the country since the last awards until March this year. The awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising the people and organisations who make our voluntary sector a crucial part of every part of life in Scotland. Our finalists are fantastic and I would encourage everyone to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

While a judging panel will determine the winners under eight distinct categories, members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award before 5pm on Friday 4 September.

The Cracking Campaign category will see The Coalition for Equal Protection, Saving Coul Links, Pavement Parking Ban, Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club and Right to Vote fight it out.

Euan’s Guide founder Euan MacDonald, MND Scotland chief executive Lawrence Cowan, Bruce Wilson of the Scottish Huntington’s Association), Elaine McHugh (Beatson Cancer Charity), Dennis Clifford (Macmillan Cancer Support), and Michael MacAllister of Scottish War Blinded are all nominated in the Charity Champion category.

The Pioneering Project nominees are: Edinburgh Travel Bank, Young Women Lead, Autism Friendly Rugby, Shannon’s Box, SCCR Digital Resource Hub and Housing First for Youth West Lothian.

Leading Light sees Erin Murdoch (Girvan Youth Trust), Declan Harrigan (S.M.I.L.E Counselling), Michelle Carruthers MBE (Food Train), Rebecca Patterson (Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care SPPC), David Ward (The Learning Space) and Bridie Ashrowan (The Broomhouse Centre/Space) all recognised.

Headway East Lothian SCIO, The Broomhouse Centre/Space, Milan Senior Welfare Organisation, Perth Autism Support, Supporting our community and Cyrenians’ Flavour and Haver Community Cook School are up for Celebrating Communities.

Brian Robertson (Fife Employment Access Trust), Ash Mohammed (Move On Scotland), Graham Scougall (Creative Crieff), Nicole Bell (Support in Mind Scotland), Nigel Over (The Smith-Magenis Syndrome SMS Foundation UK) and Alan Jacques (Music in Hospitals and Care) are nominated for the Terrific Trustee award.

Demonstrating Digital has four nominees: Simon Community Scotland, Community Transport Glasgow, Cyrenians’ Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) and Alchemy Film and Arts.

You can see profiles of all the finalists and vote for the People's Choice Award on the Scottish Charity Awards website.