ACVO Awards 2017

Top organisations and outstanding individuals working within Aberdeen’s third sector were recognised at a lunchtime ceremony on the 30th March.

ACVO TSI held its 5th annual awards at the Doubletree Hilton in Aberdeen.

This year ACVO brought together over 100 representatives from the private, public and third sector to recognise, not just the achievements of the third sector but all those who contribute to making Aberdeen a better place.

Following a performance by the VSA choir, the event was officially opened by ACVO’s Treasurer, Gordon Edwards and Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam.

Gordon Edwards opened the event by saying “These awards are unique as they celebrate the work of individuals, organisations and collaborations all involving the third sector but also recognising the critical aspect of partnership with both the public and private sector which is key to third sector success and sustainability.

“We neither live nor work in a silo, our lives, our working experience and our happiness depends on building successful relationships with those around us.”

The first award of the night was the Connecting and Collaborating award which went to Move More Aberdeen.

Move More Aberdeen is a community-based physical activity programme specifically designed for people affected by cancer in Aberdeen City. Move More Aberdeen is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and delivered in partnership with Sport Aberdeen, with support from CLAN Cancer Support, Paths for All and NHS Grampian.

One of the more hotly contested awards of the night was for the Friends of the Third Sector awards which saw the Enerco Group come out on top over fellow finalists Conocophilips and Hilton Garden Inn.  Enerco was nominated based on their work with the Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport.

This year’s Active Citizen, an award for an Aberdeen volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, was won by John Gall.

Lorna Dunbar, who nominated Mr Gall, said “John first began volunteering with Contact the Elderly, as a driver for one of our groups, 6 years ago. John realised that there was a need for more groups so that more isolated, lonely people in the community could be involved. From that one group 6 years ago, John has now been instrumental in starting no less than another 7 groups.

“Staff at Contact the Elderly are hugely grateful to John for all that he does, enabling us to reach many lonely, isolated people in Aberdeen, making a difference to their lives.”

Other award winners included Me Too Magazine, Aberdeen Community Energy, Home-start Aberdeen, SCARF and the City Centre Community Council.

After the awards concluded ACVO, on behalf of the Third Sector, presented the Lord Provost George Adam with a certificate and gift to show its appreciation for all the work he has done for the voluntary sector during his time in office.

Full List of Winners:

  • Active Citizen sponsored by Inchgarth Community Centre: John Gall
    Finalists: Antony McGowan and Elisabeth Barry
  • Big Aberdeen: Me Too! Magazine
  • Connecting and Collaborating sponsored by Glenbrex: Sport Aberdeen
    Finalists: Aberdeen FC Community Trust and The Active Aberdeen Partnership
  • Friend of the Third Sector: Enerco Group LTD
    Finalists: ConocoPhillips and Hilton Garden Inn
  • Improving Local Lives sponsored by Hall Morrice: City Centre Community Council
    Finalists: Befriend a Child Aberdeen and Aberdeen Muslims
  • Most Enterprising Third Sector Organisation sponsored by Anderson Anderson Brown: SCARF
    Finalists: Aberdeen Community Energy and Shazam Theatre Company
  • Top Newcomer sponsored by Tricker PR: Aberdeen Community Energy
    Finalist: Me Too! Magazine
  • Top Third Sector Team sponsored by Stronachs: Home-Start Aberdeen
    Finalists: Absafe and Barnardos North Locality