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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 winners - 2007

An Aberdeenshire charity that offers a local community transport alternative for people who are elderly or disabled has won the top prize in Scotland’s first charity awards.

Buchan Dial-a-Bus won the Charity of the Year award at the inaugural TFN Awards that are organised by TFN, the voice of Scotland’s voluntary sector. As well as Charity of the Year another four awards in different categories were presented including Charity Champion, Community Action, which was sponsored by Communities Scotland, Campaign of the Year and the Partnership award, for a public or private sector organisation working with the sector.

Susan Smith, TFN editor, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to all the winners of the very first TFN annual Charity Awards for the voluntary sector. The judging panel were very impressed with all of the award nominees but the winners
really deserve their accolades. From small community-based voluntary organisations to some of Scotland’s largest charities, the quality was superb and it’s a great privilege to be able to highlight the vital work that all of the groups perform.”

“Buchan Dial-a-bus is a great example of a charity that is making a real difference to its area and one that has achieved a great deal in the last year, working in partnership with Grampian police and members of the community. I am delighted that in this first year of the Annual Charity Awards, TFN was able to reward Buchan Dial-A-Bus as Scotland’s Charity of the Year.”

Dial-a-Community Bus Manager Mrs Rachel Milne was ecstatic at receiving the award; “Dial-a-Community Bus works really hard to provide accessible, affordable transport for the community and it’s wonderful to have this effort acknowledged by our peers in the Voluntary sector.

“The judges were impressed by what we have achieved with the resources that we have and by the innovative partnership we have with organisations like Grampian Police.”

The awards ceremony was held at the Gathering, Scotland’s voluntary sector fair, in Glasgow. They aim to recognise excellence across Scotland’s voluntary sector and reflect the breadth of organisations working within the sector to support their communities.

Gavin Yates, head of communications at SCVO, said: “The TFN Awards will be an annual event to tie in with the Gathering, which is one of the highlights of the year for the voluntary sector in Scotland. It’s vital that the achievements of Scotland’s charities and voluntary organisations are suitably acknowledged and I feel that the quality of every nominee shows the ability and diversity of our sector.”

The awards ceremony was hosted by the broadcaster and journalist Ruth Wishart, at Glasgow’s Science Centre on Thursday May 24 2007.







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