Bright Choices wins at Scottish Social Services Awards

Bright Choices wins at Scottish Social Services Awards

Written by
Alan Mairs
Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years; Sharon Stirrat, Director of Operations, Sacro; Jana Ridegova, Project Worker, MCFB; Angela Voulgari, Service Team Leader, Sacro; Mitra, project worker; Githa, mediation worker; Nasim; project worker; Sally Magnusson, BBC Scotland

Pictured from left to right: Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years; Sharon Stirrat, Director of Operations, Sacro; Jana Ridegova, Project Worker, MCFB; Angela Voulgari, Service Team Leader, Sacro; Mitra, project worker; Githa, mediation worker; Nasim; project worker; Sally Magnusson, BBC Scotland).

Bright Choices is delighted to have received a Scottish Social Services Award in the category ‘Head Above the Parapet’. The judges in this category were looking for an individual, group or service who spoke up about an issue, promoting social justice and championing the interests of the vulnerable, encouraging people to stand up for others and challenge rhetoric that can damage the interests of people using services. Bright Choices provides a range of services to individuals and families who are affected by Honour Abuse and Honour-Based Violence (HBV).

Operating across Edinburgh, Bright Choices is a partnership between Sacro, the Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council (ELREC) and the Multi-Cultural Family Base (MCFB). It is funded by the Big Lottery to provide a range of services to individuals and families who are affected by Honour Abuse and Honour-Based Violence (HBV). Bright Choices offers a variety of services specific to the needs of people who request support, with a view to improving well-being, improving family and community relationships and raising awareness of the issue across the wider community. Anyone who is affected by Honour Based-Violence can request support from Bright Choices: men, women, individuals and families of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

In a ceremony held at Crieff Hydro, Bright Choices’s shortlisting for the award was announced by Sally Magnusson and the award was presented to the team by the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald.

The team felt immensely proud to represent both Bright Choices, as well as the individual partners in the service: Sacro, the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) and the Multicultural Family Base (MCFB).

You can see a short video on Bright Choices and the full list of winners and shortlisted individuals, services and organisations at: http://www.sssa.scot/winners