CARER OF THE YEAR – JANE WILSON
Jane Wilson has seen her fair share of hardships. Known as someone who would ‘do anything for anyone,’ Jane works as a disability worker, volunteer and kinship carer while in her home life she looks after husband bill who suffers from heart problems her son Bobby who suffers from cerebral palsy (and learning disabilities) and her 30 year old daughter who has ongoing kidney problems and cannot live independently. Jane has just received the all clear after a cancer diagnosis earlier in the year and continues to run a social club for people with physical and learning disabilities on top of everything else.
YOUNG COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR – DALE YOUNG, SCOTT HINDMARSH AND DAVID LOUGHLAN
When three college friends decided to give up their spare time to establish a project for underprivileged children in Kilwinning, the volunteer project ACES (Ayrshire Communities Education & Sport) was born. Children attend various activities and coaching in sports, not to mention seminars taking in everything from sectarianism, to knife crime and local history. Demand for their coaching sessions has grown so much that they now run a summer school for a fortnight each year.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR - MARION BATE AND SHETTLESTON COMMUNITY GROWING PROJECT
Marion Bate collects the award on behalf of the Shettleston Community Growing Project (SCGP.) The project encourages local residents to work together to grow their own fruit and veg and raises awareness about issues such as energy reduction and food mile reduction. Individuals, families, schools or community groups are able to apply for a plot built on a derelict site that has now been transformed by the volunteers into an area containing of 50 raised beds/plots, a communal fruit bed, seven hot houses, a wildflower meadow, and a communal area for workshops and open days.
THE SCOTTISH SUN - COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR – MAIRI O’KEEFE
Mairi O’Keefe is CEO of Scotland’s only respite centre offering 24 hour expert nursing care physiotherapy, complimentary therapies, activities, and outings to people with MS and other long-term conditions. Mairi campaigned long and hard to save the centre from closure when funding was withdrawn in 2010. With no previous experience in campaigning Mari managed to deliver a 12,000 petition to the MS Society and the Scottish parliament.
YOUNG CARER OF THE YEAR & RBS SCOTLAND’S REAL HERO OF THE YEAR AWARD (OVERALL WINNERS) – FRASER ANDERSON & SCOTT WILSON
Life for Fraser and John consists of feeding, washing and caring for Fraser’s dad John who can no longer walk or talk, having been diagnosed with motor neuron disease in May 2012. Fraser gave up an acting degree to care of his dad while best friend Scott, noticing the pressure Fraser was under, decided to help his friend take care of his father. The boys dress, wash, medicate and take care of all John’s daily needs. To John, who nominated the boys, they are true heroes.
RBS – COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR – DARLING’S COFFEE SHOP
Darling’s Coffee shop in Arbroath was set up by Enable Scotland’s Social Enterprise Manager Doreen Walkinshaw. The cafe, which employs to a wide range of people with learning disabilities, teaches skills in employability, teamwork and food hygiene with students eventually working their way up to serving on the shop floor. Darling’s offers valuable life experience to those who would otherwise struggle to find employment.
YOUNG COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – LISA MCKECHNIE
Fever Pitch is a music, dance, drama, and performance school for children in Glasgow set up by Lisa McKechnie. Having previously recorded a charity CD and performed live for Maggie’s Cancer Centre, Lisa has a proud history of helping those less fortunate than herself. With Fever Pitch she teaches young children about music, drama and performance whilst also tackling subjects such as bullying, racism and social inclusion.
SPORTING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – ALAN SOUTAR
By coaching youngsters at Angus Darts Academy, Alan Soutar has made an impact on his local community by giving young people another option instead of loitering on the streets while also teaching them the values of sportsmanship, discipline and respect. His darts lessons also improve numeracy skills and raise awareness of the sport of darts. Some of the young people are already bearing the fruits of Alan’s labour; two have represented Scotland and four others qualified for one of the most prestigious junior darts events – the WINMAU Youth Masters.
COMMUNITY ENTRPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – ALF COLLINGTON
Alf Collington set up the Falkirk Food Bank from his home kitchen in December last year. Now, a year later, the food bank operates out of a converted warehouse and collects more food than any other in the UK, delivering tonnes of food to those most in need. Alf has been known to put in 80 hours a week to get all the jobs done and is committed to ensuring better access to food for all in his local community.
SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES’ COURAGE AWARD – MARK SHELDRICK & DARROCH FULTON
Fisherman Sean Taylor knows how lucky he is to be alive and it’s thanks in massive part to his two shipmates Mark Sheldrick and Darroch Fulton. When Mark was caught in a freak accident that saw him caught up in a fishing line and dragged 140ft underwater for almost ten minutes, even the doctors at the hospital were convinced he wasn’t going to make it. Thanks to the 40 minutes of life saving resuscitation performed by his crewmates before the arrival of the rescue helicopter, Mark is here today and the proud father of a baby girl who he might otherwise not have lived to meet.