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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Scottish Charity Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

Vote for your favourite Scottish Charity Awards finalist!

Run annually by SCVO, the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector.

This year’s shortlist includes 47 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country. While a judging panel will determine the winners under nine 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 27 August 2021.

The full shortlist includes:

Campaign of the year

  • Save Your Outdoor Centres
  • Aberlour Children’s Charity - Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund
  • Care Home Relatives Scotland - Anne's Law
  • Stop It Now! Scotland - Get Help or Get Caught
  • Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - Long Covid Care Now
  • RSABI - #KeepTalking

Volunteer of the year

  • Central and West Integration Network - Shawn Nicholas Fernandez
  • Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - Douglas Sewell
  • Bridge Community Project - Alistair Brown
  • Carers Trust Scotland - Andrew Robertson, CBE
  • CACE (Cumbernauld Action on Care of the Elderly) - Bob MacKenzie
  • Edinburgh Tool Library - Rosie Sinclair

Pioneering project

  • Macrobert Arts Centre - Create:Inclusion
  • The Louise Project
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs - Click and Deliver Naloxone
  • PEEK Possibilities for Each and Every Kid - PEEKACHEW
  • Cyrenians - Emergency Food Provision - COVID 19
  • LGBT Youth Scotland - Pride & Pixels

Employee of the year

  • Wheatley Care – Linda Walker
  • Harlawhill Day Care Centre - Fiona Mitchell
  • AbilityNet - Chris Grant
  • MOOD - Lorraine Jarvie
  • Carers Trust Scotland - Nicola Bell

Community Action

  • Recovery Enterprises Scotland CIC
  • TripleTapTech
  • Glasgow Afghan United - Covid Response Project
  • Cumbernauld Resilience
  • The Flourishing Well

Climate Conscious

  • LEAP - R:evolve Recycle
  • 2050 Climate Group - Young Leaders Development Programme
  • Forth Valley Sensory Centre - Making Sense of Energy Saving

Trustee of the year

  • Fringe Society – Fiona Davis
  • Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust (KLCT) - Pamela Noble
  • Edinburgh School Uniform Bank - Julia Grindley
  • Cosgrove Care - Lilias Dunlop
  • Linkes (SCIO) - Robert Smith

Digital citizens

  • Lead Scotland
  • People Know How
  • The Space
  • Glasgow's Golden Generation
  • One Parent Families Scotland - Edinburgh

Charity of the year

  • Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity (ECHC)
  • WHALE Arts
  • Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (Scottish SPCA)
  • Scran Academy SCIO
  • West Lothian Foodbank SCIO
  • Cassiltoun Housing Association

Winners will be announced on 1 October in an online ceremony so that all finalists and attendees who wish to attend are still able to join the celebrations in a safe way, regardless of lockdown restrictions.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO, said: “At SCVO we know that fantastic work is going on in the voluntary sector all the time and we are delighted to celebrate these achievements and successes through the Scottish Charity Awards. We had a record-breaking number of entries this year and each one demonstrated just how well the voluntary sector has responded and adapted to changes and restrictions over the past 12 months, which made shortlisting all the more difficult. Our 47 finalists showcase just how diverse our sector is and highlight the fantastic work that has been going on across the country during the coronavirus pandemic. The Awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising the people and organisations who have made such a difference and I would encourage everyone to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

Vote now!

Last modified on 16 August 2021