The CRNS Awards Ceremony and Dinner took place on Friday 29 April 2016 in Edinburgh’s luxury 5 star landmark hotel The Balmoral.  Guests arrived to a sparkling drinks reception before taking their seats for a delicious 3 course meal and evening of inspirational speakers.  The Awards Ceremony showcased the 12 CRNS members that were shortlisted from a pool of 49 nominations, and recognised each of their individual achievements within 4 separate award categories – Innovation, Sustainability, Partnership Working and Community Engagement.

As David Wood, CEO of CRNS, took to the stage to give an overview of the awards process and then announce the winners, there was a real buzz of excitement.  David invited each of the award sponsors onto the stage to present the winners with their respective trophies, a beautiful bespoke award hand crafted in oak by the Grassmarket Furniture Project, Edinburgh.

 Announcing the Winners!

Kudos Software’s Marketing Director Sarah Dodd had the pleasure of presenting Elaine Williamson and Stephen Kane of Recycle Mobility Centre with their award.

Recycle Mobility Centre, based in Clydebank, is a unique not for profit social enterprise that collects second hand mobility equipment, intercepting many on their way to landfill. They are then refurbished and sold on at affordable prices to disabled and elderly people who desperately need the mobility equipment but could not afford to purchase these new.  The impact of welfare reform and matters around pensions have also made such a service even more essential.  The Recycle Mobility Centre also provides a leasing service, access to spare parts and a follow up affordable repair and maintenance service.   The Recycle Mobility service is the first social enterprise in Scotland operating in the mobility market.

The other 2 shortlisted members in this category were Hebrides Alpha Trading, Isle of Lewis and Remade in Edinburgh, Edinburgh and representatives from both took to the stage next to be presented with their Certificates of Commendation.

 Willie Dunn, Chair of CRNS stood in for Mark Wells, Head of Strategic Communications, SEPA, and presented Kate Orchard and Diane West from Whitmuir Community Farm, West Linton with their award.

Whitmuir Community Farm is a 54 hectare working organic farm with the ability to give people hands on experience of the food system from plough to plate and show how we can all make a difference every time we eat.

Whitmuir Community Farm entered the Sustainability Award with a specific project: “2000m2 Food for One Year”.  2000m2 is the amount of arable land currently available per person on the planet and in Scotland we consume and waste more than our individual 2000m2   The global scale of the problem can leave people feeling powerless, unsure of actions and with little sense of control over their diet choices. People often don’t associate their own food waste or their everyday diet with a negative impact on the planet.
The Whitmuir project has been empowering local people, school children and communities to make everyday changes in their eating habits leading to better health as well as lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The other 2 shortlisted members in this category were Furniture Plus Ltd, Dysart and South Seeds, Govanhill and representatives from both were delighted to be presented with their Certificates of Commendation.

Graeme Croall, Business Development Executive with Yellowcom took to the stage to present Eric Wemyss and Grant Bowie from Castle Furniture Project, Cupar with their award.

Castle Enterprises has been operating in Fife for over 20 years. The aim of the charity is to promote the welfare of people with a mental illness and to alleviate poverty among the residents of Fife.  Over the last 18 months Castle has forged relationships with other organisations within the sector with a view to supporting their own initiatives allowing them to supply reuse domestic appliances in their own market places. This includes organisations such as MARC, Furniture Plus, Bethany Trust, Kingdom Housing Association, Four Square and Home Basics. In particular Castle has formed a very effective relationship with Furniture Plus in relation to PAT testing and electrical repairs.

In addition Castle has entered into a partnership with Fife Council to support families and individuals in poverty in Glenrothes and the surrounding area and through this partnership works with another 12 local charitable organisations.

The other 2 shortlisted members in this category were Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company, Irvine and Edinburgh Furniture Initiative, Edinburgh and representatives from both were next to be presented with their Certificates of Commendation.

John Blackwood, Chief Executive of SAL was delighted to present Jenny MacDowall and Grant Young from MESS, Island Castaways, Isle of Mull with their award.

MESS, Island Castaways is part of Mull and Iona Community Trust, a dedicated and passionate locally based organisation focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of Mull and Iona. They have a long track record of delivering successful community development projects, addressing problems of geographic isolation along with economic and social exclusion in remote and rural communities. Mull and Iona Community Trust take great pride in working with many external organisations and crucially with their own community.

The MESS Project is a community initiative which provides local solutions to the waste and environmental issues that affect local communities. The project also brings economic and environmental benefits to Mull and Iona. These include ‘Island Castaways’ charity shops, volunteering, composting, working with local businesses, upcycling, working towards a bag free island, social media, community grants and tonnage diversion.

The other 2 shortlisted members in this category were ACE Recycling Group, Alloa and Somebody Cares, Aberdeen and representatives from both took to the stage next to be presented with their Certificates of Commendation.

 Once the applause, laughter and congratulations had died down, Donald Wilson Rt. Hon, the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, was invited to speak about the importance of volunteering within the charitable sector.  The Lord Provost spoke passionately about the benefits of volunteering for young people. The Curriculum for Excellence has stipulated a need for volunteering opportunities for young people within education, bearing out the Lord Provost’s commitment.  He then went on to speak specifically about the Saltire Awards, the Scottish Government’s National Youth Volunteering Awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25, and are delivered throughout Scotland by local Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs).

The Lord Provost ended his speech by announcing that there were 2 young 16 year olds in the audience who were worthy of a Saltire Award.  Both Connor Glover and Sean Logan had volunteered over 1500 hours at the Recycling Jura Islay Group (RE-JIG) charity on Islay and hence a surprise presentation was made to both Sean and Connor of the Ascent 500 hours Volunteering Saltire Award.

After dinner speakers were Willie Dunn, Project Co-ordinator at CRNS member Midlothian Advice and Resource Centre (MARC) and Chair of CRNS.  Willie’s entertaining and light hearted speech commenced with him remarking on how fair the awards judging process had been, given that his project had not been shortlisted!  He then highlighted some of the milestones which CRNS had achieved in the last few years, consolidating David Wood’s presentation from earlier in the evening.

Willie then introduced the final speaker of the evening, Peter Stirling, Managing Director of Stirling Developments.  Peter was invited to speak at the dinner given the similarity of ethos between CRNS, its members and his property development company.  Stirling Developments aims to make all projects landmark developments, setting new standards for the way the industry delivers large residential developments, putting human values at the top of the agenda.  A very interesting and visual presentation ensued.

CRNS members, sponsoring organisations, award nominees, award winners and CRNS staff all had a truly fantastic night celebrating the success of the sector and talk has already begun about beneficios y riesgos del viagra next year’s awards dinner!

The festivities ended with the prize raffle draw and attendees moving from table to table socialising with their colleagues and friends.  The opulence of the evening would not have been possible without sponsorship and CRNS would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their sponsorship and support:







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