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Edinburgh charities up for Scottish Charity Awards

posted 28 May 2009, 06:36 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 28 May 2009, 06:39 ]
Four Edinburgh charities have been short-listed for in this year’s TFN Scottish Charity Awards. A local campaign using Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to rejuvenate the image of the Boys’ Brigade, a project to help South Asian women settle into healthier lives and another that saw young people move from care or prison into training and jobs have all been judged to be among the best example of charity work in Scotland.

The Bethany Christian Trust, established 25 years ago to help homeless and vulnerable people in Leith, is also a finalist for Scottish Charity of the Year. The Scottish Charity of the Year Award is sponsored by Class Telecommunications, the lead procurement company for charitable and voluntary organisations.

Bethany Christian Trust was recognised for its collaboration with other charities, expansion north to Aberdeen and Inverness, and its use of social businesses.

Iain Gordon, Bethany Christian Trust Chief Executive, said:

"It is very encouraging to have our work commended, especially at such a time as this, when the need for our services is greater than ever. This accolade gives a real boost to staff and volunteers as they continue to help hundreds of homeless and vulnerable people throughout Scotland every day."

The Boys’ Brigade Edinburgh & Leith District has been shortlisted in the Campaign of the Year Award, sponsored by, a not-for-profit company that supports more than 700 charities and public sector bodies in fundraising and marketing services.

The Boys’ Brigade promotional campaign, using former BB Sir Alex, as well as advertising, successfully saw a 50 per cent increase in membership around Edinburgh and Leith.

Bill Stevenson, Battalion Treasurer, said: "We were obviously delighted to hear that SCVO has recognised the success of our campaign to project a new dynamic image of The Boys Brigade in its 125th year. It was important to ensure that as many people as possible knew that The Boys’ Brigade was thriving and as relevant as ever, and to bring this to the attention of key decision makers in Scotland."

Edinburgh project ‘Nari Kallyan Shangho’ (NKS) has been shortlisted in the Community Action Award, for its work in improving the health, welfare and employability of local South Asian women, as well as helping with childcare and social networking. The Community Action award is sponsored by GMP Print, described by the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum’s Top 50 Green List as one of the country’s most environmentally friendly print companies.

NKS provides services to more than 200 women and children every week and, in the past year with just six part-time workers, has helped provide training for women with language barriers and little or no formal education. It has worked on health issues, such as the higher than average rate of heart disease for South Asian women, and provided work experience for 25 women.

Rohini Sharma Joshi, Chair of NKS, said: "We are delighted that Nari Kallyan Shangho has been short-listed for the Community Action category in the Third Force News Awards. This

accolade gives a real boost to staff and volunteers as they worked hard over the past year to provide much needed services to disadvantaged women and children in the South Asian communities in Edinburgh."

Meantime, the Access to Industry Passport collaborative, which supports young people moving from care or prison into training, has been shortlisted for a Partnership Award. The award is sponsored by CCLA, the specialist investment management company for charities, faith organisations, and local authorities.

Two recent Access to Industry Passport projects partnered with Edinburgh City Council Throughcare Aftercare and Glasgow Training Partnership and had great success in helping young people gain accredited qualifications, move into more training or employment.

Angus Whyte, Chair of Access to Industry, was thrilled:

"Having our work and success highlighted in this way demonstrates the significant impact the Access to Industry- Passport project has had to vulnerable young people.  The timing is particularly important as the debate about young people leaving care and corporate parenting is at the forefront of policy directives and this project is crucial to the sustainability of our country’s economic development."

The TFN Scottish Charity Awards, run by the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), also recognise Charity Champion of the Year.

Lucy McTernan, SCVO Deputy Chief Executive, said: "The TFN Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the achievements, dedication and ingenuity of Scotland’s voluntary sector.  The strength of this year’s nominees is testament to the hard work and progress made by charities and voluntary organisations, particularly in these challenging economic times. 

"We’ve had more entries to the TFN Awards than ever before and with such a high calibre, choosing winners will be a tough decision for the judges. But for those entrants who have been shortlisted, that’s an achievement in itself."

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, June 11, at the Mansfield Traquair Centre, Edinburgh.

Source: SCVO