Support in Mind Scotland is delighted to be named among the finalists in the Scottish Charity Awards 2018 after ambassador Jenny Hastings was shortlisted in the 'Charity Champion' of the year category.

Jenny's nomination recognises her work alongside husband and fellow SiMS ambassador Scott Hastings - the former Grand Slam-winning Scotland rugby star - in promoting mental health awareness. 

The shortlist - across eight categories - includes 40 individuals and organisations from across the third sector in Scotland.

Category winners will then be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at the award ceremony on 14 June 2018 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite entry in the People’s Choice Award – by visiting www.scvo.org.uk/vote - before Friday, 18 May 2018.

You can cast your People's Choice vote for Jenny online now by clicking HERE or you can download a paper voting form HERE

Alongside Scott, Jenny selflessly and courageously faced the media in June 2017 to share her own powerful story of living with mental ill health to raise awareness and to help others.

Jenny finds that physical exercise benefits her wellbeing and in her voluntary role as ambassador for Support in Mind Scotland, she inspired hundreds of people to get involved in the charity’s 100 Streets Challenge.

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the awards are open to any voluntary organisation, charity, community group or individual charity volunteer or staff member, and celebrate the life-changing work they do and their dedication to making Scotland a better place to live.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, SCVO, said: “We know there is fantastic work going on in our communities thanks to third sector organisations, from national charities to local volunteer groups, and the Awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising those involved.

"As always, the calibre of this year’s finalists highlights not only their creativity, tenacity and innovation, but also the diverse variety of charitable work across the country. All of our finalists are so deserving and I would encourage people to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

The full shortlist is:

 Charity of the year

  • Calum’s Cabin
  • Blood Bikes Scotland Emergency Volunteer Service
  • Team Jak Foundation
  • East Ayrshire Carers Centre
  • 3D Drumchapel
  • Scottish Women’s Aid

 Celebrating communities

  • Autism Rocks (Fife)
  • Caithness KLICS
  • Larkhall & District Volunteer Group (LDVG)
  • Inverness Foodstuff
  • Point and Sandwick Trust

 Charity champion

  • Fiona Shapcott, Kids Love Clothes
  • Jenny Hastings, Support in Mind Scotland
  • Coady Dorman, Bliss Scotland
  • Bill Scott, Marie Curie
  • Fiona Dickens, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland
  • Sara Hawkins, Projekt 42

 Leading light

  • David Duke, Street Soccer Scotland
  • Nicola Welsh, SANDS Lothian
  • Ewan Aitken, Cyrenians
  • Jay Hogarty, Chest Heart, & Stroke Scotland

 Cracking campaign

  • How do you see Scotland? – RNIB Scotland & Diabetes Scotland
  • CPR – Let’s Be Ready – Young Scot
  • PrEP for Scotland – HIV Scotland
  • Schiehalion Appeal: Help our kids beat cancer – Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

 Pioneering project

  • Personal safety courses for the blind & visually impaired - The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety
  • Move More Aberdeen - Sport Aberdeen
  • Fearless - Sacro
  • Let’s Talk - Quarriers
  • The Dog Project - Paws for Progress CIC
  • Breaking Barriers - ENABLE Scotland

 Demonstrating digital

  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Addaction
  • Shelter Scotland
  • Marie Curie
  • Lifelink

 Terrific trustee

  • Robert Nolan – Deafblind Scotland
  • Gillie Davidson – Scottish Love in Action
  • Margarita Sweeney-Baird – Inclusive Skating
  • Catriona Patterson – 2050 Climate Group