It was an absolute privilege to attend Scotland’s first-ever national Social Services Awards during the summer. It was truly inspiring to hear the great work going on and to be part of such a ceremony, which celebrated excellence and recognised Scotland’s social services workforce for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of those they support.
Colleagues from the Care Inspectorate were involved in judging the awards. There were new, very distinctive categories such as ‘The Courage to Take a Risk: looked adversity in the face and stood up to make a change’, won by Dates-n-Mates, a project run by C-Change Scotland. Turning Point Scotland and Aberlour won the ‘Silo buster’ award for their innovative women’s supported bail service in Glasgow.
More than 155 entries were submitted nationally across local authorities, health and social care, third sector and independent organisations. Of those, 10 winners were selected. Their submissions were very impressive to say the least, clearly acknowledging a raft of innovative practice and joint working to support society’s most vulnerable people.
More than 200,000 people work in Scotland’s social care and social work services, so we should always celebrate success and learn from it.