On Thursday the 27th of November ACVO held their annual Aberdeen Impact Awards Luncheon in the Douglas Hotel. The turnout was amazing and we are so happy that so many people came to support the nominees and the winners. We are getting a great deal of positive feedback from the event and we really appreciate it.
If you were unable to make it to the Luncheon we have a full list of winners below. Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope to do something even better next year!
Active Citizen – Mary Rasmussen
Mary Rasmussen is an exceptional woman, who does not allow her blindness stop her doing what she wants to do. Mary is constantly out and about in the Aberdeen area delivering talks to schools, youth and adult groups. Mary is also a very active fundraiser, helping out at collections with her Guide Dog Nelson. Mary is a committee member involved with the arranging of the very successful Aberdeen Ball. Mary is an inspiration to everyone that meets her and I feel that this award is well deserved.
Other Finalists – Jim Crighton, William Hamilton and Alice and Josh Tosh
Established Social Enterprise of the Year – Community Foods Initiative North East
CFINE is committed to the ‘triple bottom line’ i.e action on social, economic and environmental concerns and issues. CFINE works with disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals, families and communities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray: improves health and well-being; contributes to regeneration, increases employability; creates employment; and addresses environmental issues.
As a social enterprise, CFINE works towards sustainability through generating sufficient trading income to fund our social and environmental aims and activities – £800,000 of sales of fruit and veg this year and within 3 years, >£2,000,000!
Other Finalists – Asthma Allergy Foundation and Café Treehouse
Golden Age Achiever – Joan McKichan
In this category all shortlisted candidates were awarded a Golden Certificate signed by the Lord Provost in recognition of their dedication and work in the Third Sector.
Joan always has a funny story to tell and is constantly cheery and chirpy. She will always try to fit things in even when already busy. After Joan delivered 2 packs recently we heard back that the recipients were extremely happy with the packs and they would certainly help them settle into the new flats.
Other Finalists – Charlie Reid, Mike Gibb and Molly Sandison
Fundraising Impact Award – Aberdeen Cyrenians
Aberdeen Cyrenians was established in 1968, aiming to meet the needs of people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or affected by homelessness in any way. We listen to individuals’ difficulties, understand needs, share burdens, provide professional care and strive to identify permanent solutions. Originally providing food and shelter, the services now aim to meet all the varying needs of people affected by homelessness across the North East.
One of good new stories revolves around our successful partnership with Robert Gordon University Events Managements Students which brought our Sleepout back to life with a corporate twist. The students brought some revived energy back into the fundraising team and worked exceptionally well to design, plan and implement their event. As a result, the students were successful in raising over £15,000 towards our services and then went on to win the award for Best Student Event at the Scottish Events Awards 2014.
Other Finalists – St Andrew’s Children’s Society and Cancer Research UK Relay For Life Peterhead
Volunteers Favourite Organisation – Project Scotland
Project Scotland is a charity that helps young people in Scotland aged 16 to 30 to get on in life by volunteering with charities in Scotland.
The best way to show case our work is to give you a case study. Here it goes…Tuesday graduated from university and like many others struggled to find work, Tuesday also suffers from a rare disability called Mobious syndrome. It’s a disorder characterised by facial paralysis and the inability to move the eyes from side to side. As a result Tuesday cannot form facial expressions and has speech impairment. Tuesday’s limbs have also been affected. She has a prosthetic leg and is missing fingers.
Tuesday took a voluntary placement through Project Scotland with Glencraft and after her 3 month placement they took her on as a paid member of staff.
Not only did Project Scotland help Tuesday gain more experience but they helped her gain employment as well. Tuesday said “I honestly think I would still be struggling to find employment, due to lack of experience, if I had not chosen to contact Project Scotland.”
Other Finalists – Aberdeen Cyrenians, ACT Aberdeen and Inchgarth Community Centre
Friend of the Third Sector – Aberdeen Football Club
On the field the Club has a long history of success, both within Scotland and Europe, with the 1980’s particularly being an era of unparalleled achievements. Off the field AFC has consistently recognised the need to be at the forefront with a mission to;
‘To provide support and opportunity to change lives for the better’
In March 2014, Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT) was registered as a standalone charitable organisation by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and is responsible for the development and delivery of community programs associated with Aberdeen Football Club plc.
Other Finalists – Aberdeen Harbour and Henderson Loggie
Social Impact Award – Apex Scotland
Apex Scotland is the specialist organisation which for over 25 years has contributed to a safer Scotland by working with offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk to give them the necessary skills to change their behaviour and lead fulfilling lives.
For a sneak peak at our work, please read the case study below,
*name changed to protect privacy
Eilidh was 3 months old when her father was convicted. Incarcerated in HMP Aberdeen, Eilidh’s father was initially able to see her regularly. Thereafter, the prison closed down and he was relocated to HMP Barlinnie outside Glasgow – a 5 hour journey from their home in Northfield, involving 3 bus trips. Eilidh’s mother found nappy changes and feeding times difficult, and then taking her baby through a rigorous security check coupled with a short visit with a cranky and irritable Eilidh, an arduous journey home and arriving late at night more cumbersome.
Eilidh’s exhausted mother contacted Apex for Eilidh to visit her father over video-link. A short bus journey into town, a relaxed cup of tea, friendly staff, plenty of toys and Eilidh was much happier seeing her dad. Each time she was carried into the video-link room, she bounced excitedly and tried to say “Daddy” while pointing at the video-link screen.
Eilidh’s father has since been released and says that he won’t risk putting his family through such an ordeal again. Eilidh’s mother praises SPS and Apex for providing her baby with the ability to maintain a happy bond with her father, and for giving him a reason to stay out of trouble.
Other Finalists – Grampian Credit Union and Co-wheels Car Club CIC
Positive Collaboration Award – Carbon School
Carbon School is a collaborative project between the Aberdeen University Students Association and SCARF
Carbon School is a comprehensive training, mentoring and volunteering program that gives students the know-how on Co2 reduction whilst aiding charities with saving money on their energy bills. From among our testimonials, please read below examples of benefits received from individuals and organisations;
Peter Rukevwe Onota postgraduate student said: Through Carbon School I have learnt how to calculate the energy consumption of buildings, conduct energy audits, and recommend ways to reduce energy wastage. The programme provided a platform to meet other students, learn from them and share ideas on energy issues.
Adam Hillhouse Head of NESS Enterprise said: NESS is grateful for the collaborative work undertaken by the AUSA Carbon School. Their Carbon Agents have provided a useful perspective on our workplace practices, and we expect their recommendations to be instrumental in bringing about behaviour change which will impact positively on our reducing our carbon footprint.
Other Finalists – Aberdeen Delivering Joined Up Service Transitions (ADJUST), Bucksburn & Newhills Gala Group and Sport Aberdeen & Robert Gordon University