SMN National Event & Recognition Awards 2017
28 November 2017
The SMN National Event and Recognition Awards ceremony took place at St Paul's & St George's Church in Edinburgh on Wednesday 15th November 2017 and was very well attended with 125 delegates from 66 organisations.
The day opened with a welcome from Iain Forbes, SMN Strategic Development Manager, and SMN Chair Allison Calder followed by showcase presentations from three of our member projects on the impact of mentoring. Yvonne Wayne for Glasgow Caledonian University delivered a presentation on the impact that mentoring has on mentors. This was followed by a presentation from GrowBiz Perthshire on the impact of mentoring on the community. The final presentation was from Y Sort It who shared their experiences and the impact that mentoring has had on their mentees.
Delegates participated in facilitated Network and Learning discussions on the Impact of Mentoring followed by SMN's Annual General Meeting. After a networking lunch five diverse breakout sessions were on offer.
We were delighted to present this years' SMN Project of the Year Award to West Dunbartonshire Council Health and Social Care Partnership, accepted on the day by Joe McGinley, Frances Devine and Elaine Kelly.
The Category Award Winners of the SMN Recognition Awards 2017 are shown below:
- Project of the Year - West Dunbartonshire Council Health and Social Care Partnership
- Business Project of the Year - GrowBiz Enterprise Mentoring Support
- Education Project of the Year - University of the West of Scotland Employer Mentoring Programme
- Employment Project of the Year - The Law Society of Scotland Career Mentoring
- Inclusion Project of the Year - Joint Winners: LinkLiving Ltd Step On & The National Autistic Society Moving Forward
- Intergenerational Project of the Year - Lochaber Hope Mentoring
- Justice Project of the Year - Joint Winners: Aid & Abet Peer Mentoring & Centrestage Communities Catalyst Project
- Social Care Project of the Year - Phoenix Futures Communities of Recovery Glasgow
- Youth Project of the Year - Tayside Council on Alcohol Mentoring Services
- Most Promising Care Experienced Children & Young People Project - Kirkcaldy YMCA intandem mentoring
- Most Promising Disability & Health Project - Action for M.E. Mentor M.E. Peer Support Network
In addition to these category awards, Rock Trust West Lothian Peer Mentoring Project received a Highly Commended Project Certificate and Peeblesshire Youth Trust Achieve Your Potential & Penicuik YMCA-YWCA Plusone Mentoring Midlothian received Very Highly Commended Youth Project Certificates.
A Special Award for Distinguished Services to Mentoring was presented to Move On for its 20 year commitment to mentoring.
The Outstanding Employee Contribution to Mentoring Award went to two staff members from SMN member projects who have made a special impact within their project: John Hinton from Move On and Joe McGinley from West Dunbartonshire Council Health and Social Care Partnership.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this one of the best SMN National Events to date.