We are delighted to announce that Cornerstone has been awarded a special Chair’s Award at the 2013 Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Care Accolades, in recognition of our achievements.
We were also a finalist in the ‘Investing in the Workforce, Developing Practice’, ‘Children and Young People’ and ‘One to Watch’ categories and the winners of all 12 categories were announced at an afternoon tea and award ceremony at Perth Concert Hall.
The 10th annual SSSC Care Accolades recognised and rewarded Scotland’s most outstanding social service projects, services and initiatives. This is the third year that a Chair’s Award has been presented. The accolade goes to a finalist chosen by the chair of the judging panel, in recognition of outstanding success.
CEO, Edel Harris, said: “The Chair's award is for the finalist that the chair feels demonstrates exceptional achievement and excellence so for Cornerstone to achieve this recognition for quality and dedication is amazing. I'd like to say a huge well done to all my colleagues across Scotland, this award is well deserved.”
Chair of the judging panel Gary Coutts, said: “Sifting through all the applications this year we were really impressed to see that one organisation was entering superb projects in category after category after category - absolutely first class projects that were telling us here is an organisation focused on quality and looking to do absolute best throughout all of its operations. It was a pleasure to present the award to Cornerstone."
Cornerstone was shortlisted in the ‘Investing in the Workforce, Developing Practice’ category for its work providing meaningful and challenging placements to social works students from universities across Scotland.
The charity’s Positive Tracks initiative, which is a pioneering scheme, funded by the Big Lottery, aimed at identifying offenders with learning disabilities and supporting them on release to reintegrate into society, secured a place as a finalist in the ‘One to Watch’ category.
The ‘Children and Young People’ category, recognised Cornerstone’s Children’s Fostering and Family Placement Service, which differs from traditional fostering model of support in that it enables children to remain living within their own home environment, while being offered regular overnight support at the home of their foster carer.