Charity of the Year | Alzheimer Scotland
Alzheimer Scotland won the much sought-after title of Charity of the Year for its work funding specialist dementia nurses in every health board area, persuading government to fund post-diagnostic support for patients and launching a dementia research centre at the University of Edinburgh.
People’s Choice Heart and Soul Award | Down’s Syndrome Scotland and the Celtic Foundation
The People’s Choice Heart and Soul Award, decided by 10,000 online votes, went to Down’s Syndrome Scotland and the Celtic Foundation. They worked in partnership to make sure that children with Down’s Syndrome don’t suffer the humiliation of being left out of sports and dance.
Campaign of the Year | Scottish Youth Parliament – Love Equally
The Scottish Youth Parliament’s Love Equally campaign has been named winner of the Campaign of the Year award. It worked in parallel with the LGBT campaigning community to push the Scottish Government to take action on gay marriage.
Charity Champion | Bill Learmonth
The Charity Champion award for an individual who has gone the extra mile to advance a cause went to Bill Learmonth.
Bill has volunteered for ENABLE Scotland for over 43 years. From campaigning for the closure of long stay hospitals back in the 1970s to taking part in a major BBC documentary on learning disability, his dedication has helped to dramatically improve the lives of people living with learning disabilities.
Community Action | Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers
Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers triumphed in the Community Action category. The group which is made up of 69 young people who care for family members, this year directed, scripted and filmed a DVD highlighting issues facing young carers which was used as a training resource to help service providers understand their situation.
Partnership Award | Sue Ryder and the Scottish Prisons Service
An initiative between Sue Ryder and the Scottish Prison Service scooped top prize in the Partnership category. They worked together to create a new Prisoner Volunteer programme which gave real-life work experience to prisoners nearing the end of their sentence.