Our Annual Awards for Achievement in Scotland were held on Thursday 3rd November and were, once again, a tremendous success. Being held in Edinburgh for the first time, at the magnificent and imposing Waldorf Astoria, the event was a fantastic illustration of the successes of our clients and staff.
The event brought together our clients, who have made extraordinary change happen in their own lives, our fantastic staff on the front-line and partners from across Scotland who have all made a huge contribution to the success of Tomorrows People in 2016.
Our Chief Executive, Martin Brookes, opened the evening with a speech that highlighted both the successes of the organisation, as well as the bright future of Tomorrow’s People in Scotland.
The evening progressed with awards being presented to each of the deserving recipients. Team of the Year was Team 13, from Edinburgh, who had re-generated and re-opened the local AstroTurf football pitch that had closed three years earlier due to vandals. The community centre couldn’t afford to fix the damage so the football pitch had remained fenced off and had fallen into disrepair. The impact on the local community has been huge, and already the football pitch is used almost every day.
Local Partner of the year was won by Fare, in Glasgow, and the Corporate Partner of the year was won by Pinsent Masons.
Achiever of the Year for Edinburgh was Connor Davidson. Since completing Working It Out, Connor has completed work experience in the field of construction and car mechanics, through a placement at a Kwik Fit garage. He now works at a restaurant in Edinburgh. Connor says, “I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity that Tomorrow’s People has given me – I’ve helped the community and I’ve been able to help the younger people in the group.”
Achiever of the Year for the Borders was Arran Hogg, who was clearly thrilled to receive the award and showed immense pride in his accomplishments. After his time on the Works! programme he decided to apply for a course in construction and soon received a letter offering him an unconditional place. Arran was over the moon and was excited to be moving from the Borders to Edinburgh. On top of this, Arran managed to secure a job at EuroHostel to support himself. “Thank you Tomorrow’s People! I’m really chuffed to have been nominated.”
Achiever of the Year for Glasgow was Craig Healy, who was also announced as the overall winner of Outstanding Achiever of the Year 2016, an achievement that clearly meant the world to Craig as he was full of emotion on stage when accepting the award. Craig said “Without Tomorrow’s People I would never have built up the confidence to get back into the world again. I will forever be grateful. Tomorrow’s People helped me to write the first pages of my new life”.
We are thrilled that the event was so successful in showcasing some of the incredible journeys our clients have been on and showing all that they have achieved in the face of adversity. We were equally delighted to be joined by a number of incredibly valued and pivotal partners. The event was a great occasion to thank them for their long-term commitment to helping us to support young people and increase access to employment for all. Tomorrow’s People is also delighted to honour the achievements of our frontline staff for their extraordinary commitment in supporting young people and adults.