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Triple success recognises work of Council staff

Posted on 9 Oct 2017

At the 2017 COSLA Excellence Awards (Thursday, 5 Oct), North Ayrshire Council picked up 2 prizes:

  • Strong and Sustainable Communities award 
  • Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health award.

The evening was rounded off when the Corporate Communications team picked up a Silver Award at the CIPR 2017 awards for its campaign to retain the Arran ferry crossing.

North Ayrshire Council was, just last month, named UK Council of the Year by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

Chief Executive Elma Murray said: “Once again, our staff have shown how we go above and beyond to deliver services that make a real difference to the lives of our residents.

“We are not one of the largest authorities but we continue to show we are up there with the very best through the innovation, dedication and commitment of our staff.”

North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “Every day, our staff deliver excellent services, whether that’s helping the most vulnerable in our communities or young people or the most disadvantaged.

“These awards show that despite the challenging financial outlook for local authorities, we still strive to deliver high-quality services to the people of North Ayrshire.”

At the 2017 COSLA Excellence Awards, the Youth Services team picked up the Strong and Sustainable Communities award.

The award recognised how the Youth Services team has created a culture of participation which allows young people to have a real impact in shaping the services the Council delivers. For example, the Council operates a Joint Youth Cabinet which allows young people to work alongside Elected Members and be directly involved in the decision-making process.

The second success came in the Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health category for the Café Solace project, which volunteers a chance to gain skills and confidence, as well as becoming a community resource.

Initially set up by Recovery at Work (RaW) and supported by North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, the volunteers are people in recovery from alcohol or drug misuse.

It now operates in Ardrossan, Irvine and Kilbirnie and has been a hugely successful peer-led approach that is changing lives.

In addition to the double success at the Cosla Awards, the work of the Council was also recognised at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards in Glasgow.

The Council’s Corporate Communications team picked up a silver award for its work on the successful campaign to retain the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry route between Arran and the mainland – Keep it A to B.