25 Years logoScotwest Celebrates Community Champions.

As part of Scotwest’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations and our ongoing commitment to our communities, we asked our members to nominate an individual or group who they feel deserve recognition for the work they do helping their local community.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our Community Awards of £400. We will be visiting all the winners in the coming days and weeks to hear how the award will help their organisation or charity. Look out for updates on these pages and on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you to all our members who nominated their local organisations and charity heroes!

Cowal Elderly Befrienders

Nominated by member Anita McKean, Cowal Elderly Befrienders provides a range of Befriending Services designed to improve quality of life, reduce isolation and loneliness and keep older people independent and active.

Find out how they will use their award here.

Dumbarton Riverside Champions

Nominated by member Alastair Bateman, the Dumbarton Riverside Champions adults disability team have provided over 30 adults the opportunity to become more active, meet friends and to travel to play football in tournaments across Scotland (Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Hamilton, East Kilbride & Annan) and this year participated in tournaments in Lytham St Annes and at Harrogate.

Find out more about how the team will use the award here.

Mr Joe Mulholland

Nominated by Catherine Mulholland, Joe has been instrumental in developing the Scarecrow Festival in Bothwell, bringing the local community and schools together by creating a variety of local charity events raising funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. He has also created a sensory garden in Bothwell suitable for children of all ages including those with sensory or learning impairments.

Find out more about how Joe’s award will go towards the Bothwell Scarecrow Festival here.

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Nominated by member Tracy Wallace the Renfrewshire Carers Centre provides vital support to unpaid carers living in the Renfrewshire area.

Find out more about how the Centre will use their award here.

Bobby Kerr

Bobby Kerr is a local resident of the Easterhouse area and as part of his work with Family Action in Easterhouse (FARE), provides local people with opportunities to improve their lives while being instrumental in the reduction of knife crime and other anti-social behaviour in the East End of Glasgow. Bobby was nominated by Scotwest Member Brian McQuillan.

Find out how FARE will use the award as part of their Christmas hamper campaign here.

Three Town Growers

Nominated by Denise Gilmour, Three Towns Growers provides an allotment and community garden site within Ardrossan, in the Three Towns area of North Ayrshire focussing on helping the community live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle by providing them with the space and the knowledge to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Lauren’s Lifelines

Lauren’s LifeLines was an idea that eight year old Lauren Cosgrove, from Barrhead, came up with in order to help kids who rely on artificial nutrition, just like she does, via feeding tubes and central lines. Her charity supports Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. Lauren’s LIfelines was nominated by Scotwest Member Michael McCulloch.

C.O.A.S.T.

Nominated by member Mrs E Dalton, C.O.A.S.T. (Carers of Autism Spectrum Together) is a new group set up in Hamilton to provide support and help to the parents of children/teens diagnosed with autism.

Find out more about C.O,A.S.T.’s work here.

Ayr Housing Aid Centre

The Ayr Housing Aid Centre is a charitable organisation dedicated to preventing homelessness by working directly with people in crisis situations and assisting them to resolve financial; communication; legal; and in some cases health issues which place their tenancy or ownership in threat. The centre was nominated by member Alex Anderson.

Find out more about how the Centre will use their award here.

Oor Wee Den

Christine Clark & Julie Burns, well known trusted parents, set up a community childcare group in Kilmaurs, a place where parents can have their children looked after early in the morning or after school, and during school holidays. This is no ordinary breakfast club/after school club for working parents, it’s a place where other carers can leave children for one or more hours to go to the doctors, or have some much needed time on their own.Nominated by member Yvonne Stevenson.

Find out how The Den will use the award here.

G.R.A.S.P.

Nominated by member Alan Deans, GRASP (Greenock Recovery Alcohol Support Project) is a dynamic, visible and innovative example of a service-user led initiative designed to support people in their journey towards recovery from addiction.

Find out more about how the group will use their award here.