Scottish Charity Awards 2019 Finalists Announced

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s third sector.

This year’s shortlist includes 44 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country. 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 – by visiting . Voting opens at 9am on Friday 3 May and closes on Friday 17 May 2019.

The full shortlist includes:

Cracking campaign
British Heart Foundation Scotland – Nation of Lifesavers
Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) – Right Here, Right Now
Carr Gomm – Team Carr Gomm
MND Scotland & Marie Curie – Social Security in Scotland – a fair definition of ‘terminal illness’
Maggie’s – Maggie’s Penguin Parade
Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust (MAEDT) – I’m Back Caring – Clean the River
Charity champion
Robin Barr – Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland
Eleanor Moffat – Breast Cancer Care & Breast Cancer Now
Laura Reid – Support in Mind Scotland
Shona MacKenzie – Macmillan Cancer Support
Pioneering project
Deafblind Scotland – Connect 2 Support Programme
Ecologia Youth Trust – Growing2gether
Intercultural Youth Scotland – Equality, equity & Justice!  
Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home – Companionship in the Community
The Unforgotten Forces consortium – Unforgotten Forces
Move On – Family Food Service
Leading light
Fatima Ramzan – Dundee International Women’s Centre
Morag Francis – Royal Blind
Toni Giugliano  – Mental Health Foundation
Craig Wilson – Big Hearts Community Trust
Celebrating communities
Harlawhill Day Care Centre
Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home 
I Am Me Scotland
The Attic SCIO
The Super Power Agency
Bridgend Farmhouse
Terrific trustee
Megan Sutherland – Who Cares? Scotland
Moray Macdonald – Scouts Scotland
John Baxter – Blood Bikes Scotland
Julian Reeves – Seamab
Pamela Scott – Big Hearts Community Trust
Liz Leonard – Scottish Refugee Council
Demonstrating digital
Inclusive Skating
Alzheimer Scotland
Scottish Book Trust – Bookbug App
ENABLE Scotland
Children’s University Scotland
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Charity of the year
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
Drake Music Scotland
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)
Scottish Cot Death Trust
Young Enterprise Scotland

Winners will be announced at the glittering awards ceremony on Friday 14 June 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The evening will begin with a red carpet welcome for guests, a drinks reception with networking followed by a three course dinner. The highlight will of course be the awards ceremony, where hundreds of guests will hear more about out finalists before the winners are revealed.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO, said: “I am so looking forward to this year’s Scottish Charity Awards – we have a fantastic 44 finalists, which highlights the diverse variety of fantastic work that’s being going on in Scotland’s voluntary sector over the past 12 months. The Awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising those working to better our communities, and as in previous years, the calibre of this year’s finalists highlights their creative and innovate approaches to finding solutions to support their communities during challenging times. All of our finalists are so deserving and I would encourage people to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”