The Dundee Humanitarian Protection Partnership wins prestigious Award

The Dundee Humanitarian Protection Partnership wins prestigious Award Image

Dundee’s Humanitarian Team has won at this year’s prestigious Scottish Social Services Awards.

The Humanitarian Protection Partnership won the β€˜Silo Buster’ category, which recognises and rewards joined up thinking, working and delivering.

The project supports refugees by working to help build their skills and employment opportunities, to support them to have a voice in improving their health and wellbeing, and to provide opportunities to participate in cultural, heritage and sports activities.

Dundee City Council Leader, John Alexander said: β€œWe are absolutely thrilled that this project has won this award. It means a great deal to have our work recognised among peers.

β€œIn Dundee, the humanitarian protection partnership is working to support refugees to live, learn and work in Dundee by removing barriers to achieving their goals and working to help them reach their potential.”

Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside, Police Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Department for Work and Pensions and the Third Sector Interface all make up the humanitarian protection partnership.

Now in its third year, the Scottish Social Services Awards aim to cut across boundaries, celebrate excellence and bring one of the country’s largest sectors together. 

This year’s awards attracted a record 157 applications nationwide, representing a diverse mix of social services that have made a positive difference to people’s lives.  The judges narrowed them down to 29 finalists who will went through to the ceremony in Edinburgh this week.

Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd said: β€œWe’re proud to support the Scottish Social Services Awards. The record number of entries received this year is testament to the diverse mix of people and projects committed to supporting vulnerable people in our society.

β€œAll finalists, award entries, and social service workers should be applauded for the life changing work they carry out.”

This year a new special policy focus award recognises excellence in Mental Health services. The Scottish Government is committed to improving Mental Health and has introduced a ten year strategy to improve access to services, backed by an additional Β£150 million over five years.

A full list of shortlisted entries can be found at https://www.sssa.scot/2019-shortlist/

 

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