COSLA 2023 Excellence Awards Winners Announced
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The winners of COSLA's 2023 Excellence Awards were named tonight at a ceremony at Crieff Hydro, Perthshire - celebrating the very best of Scottish Local Government.

Argyll and Bute Council, Falkirk Council, Inverclyde Council, Orkney Islands Council, Renfrewshire Council, Stirling Council, West Lothian Council and a partnership between Dundee City Council, Fife Council, Clackmannanshire Council and WEA have all been named winners at the COSLA 2023 Excellence Awards.

COSLA’s Excellence Awards – the annual celebration of Scottish Local Government success – took place today (Thursday September 28th).

The event, which was held at Crieff Hydro, Perthshire, recognised areas of best practice and innovative service delivery over five categories – Service Innovation and Improvement; Achieving Better Outcomes for the Most Vulnerable in Partnership; Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health and Wellbeing; Strengthening Communities and Local Democracy, and Just Transition to a Net Zero Economy.

Scotland’s 32 Councils were invited over the summer to submit entries to a judging panel comprising a number of experts across local and national government as well as the private sector.

More than 200 applications were received, and the judges had the unenviable task of choosing just five category winners, as well as the winners of four special awards - COSLA Chairperson’s Award, SOLACE Best Team Award, The Scottish Government – Delivering Excellence Award, and the Excellent People, Excellent Outcomes Award.

Councillor Shona Morrison, COSLA President and Chairperson of the Awards, said:

“I am delighted to have Chaired this year’s COSLA Excellence Awards, my first Awards as COSLA President. These awards are an always an eagerly-awaited night on the local government calendar and I’m so pleased we have been able to celebrate in-person this year for the first time since 2019.”

“As part of the judging panel and it has been an inspiration to hear of the incredible work our council teams are doing to deliver lifeline services for the people in their communities – especially to those most vulnerable.”

“The Local Authority Workforce really are working day in and day out to keep us healthy, well, connected and create opportunities for learning and recreation, and their work is so much a part of the fabric of our local areas that it’s rarely recognised to the degree it should be. Their impact is almost immeasurable, and that’s why what we do at the Excellence Awards is so important – spotlighting some prime examples of Councils delivering excellence and raising awareness of why what they do is so important.”

“What really shone through for me from this year’s entries was the sheer creativity and passion for their local communities – seeing people turn their local knowledge into incredible partnerships and projects to benefit the people living in their communities and generations to come is truly heartwarming.”

“So, huge congratulations to this year’s finalists and winners – it has been a pleasure to celebrate your hard work and dedication.”

This year’s winners are -

Category 1: Service Innovation and Improvement

Winner: Delivering School Meals by Drones – Argyll and Bute Council

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Category 2: Achieving Better Outcomes For The Most Vulnerable in Partnership

Winner: Upstreaming Prevention of Youth Homelessness - West Lothian Council

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Category 3: Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health and Wellbeing

Winner: ‘I Am Me’ Alcohol and Substance Awareness Education Resource - Renfrewshire Council

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Category 4: Strengthening Communities and Local Democracy

Winner: Historic Links to Slavery – Inverclyde Council

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Category 5: Just Transition to a Net Zero Economy

Winner: Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project - Orkney Islands Council

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Scottish Government – Delivering Excellence Award

Winner: Healthier Homes Project -  Stirling Council

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COSLA Chairperson’s Award

Winner: Libraries for Wellbeing - Falkirk Council

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SOLACE Best Team Award

Winner: Zetland Park Project - Falkirk Council

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Excellent People, Excellent Outcomes Award

Winner: Building Skills Together Refugee Integration Project - Dundee City, Fife, Clackmannanshire Councils and WEA Scotland

Huge congratulations to all this year’s winners!