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About the SURF Awards

SURF’s annual awards process is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date. The purpose of the SURF Awards is:

  • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
  • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The SURF Awards has been running since 1998. It provides an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile. SURF Award winners also receive additional showcase opportunities through SURF activities throughout the following year.

The 2017 SURF Awards

2017 SURF Award Winners with Kevin Stewart MSP

The five category winners in this year’s SURF Awards were announced by Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Local Government, Kevin Stewart MSP, on the evening of Thursday 7 December in Glasgow’s Grand Hotel. The winning projects were;

  • Creative Regeneration: The Broomhill Project (Greenock). Delivered by RIG Arts, with support from River Clyde Homes, the project connects local residents with artists in creative collaborations, empowering people in the community, to develop their ability and impetus to affect change.
  • Youth Employability: LinkLiving Step On (Edinburgh, Falkirk & Fife). Provides support to young people seeking employment, education and training by helping identify goals and removing barriers to progress using approaches such as a ‘Steps to Resilience’ programme.
  • Community Led Regeneration: Dundee International Women’s Centre. DIWC’s vision is to provide a space where women and girls from black and minority ethnic communities can achieve their personal goals, reach their full potential, and prosper in their community.
  • Housing: Ulva Ferry Housing Project (Isle of Mull). A remote rural small community in the West Coast of the Isle of Mull are delivering affordable family housing as a basis for tackling depopulation and socio-economic decline.
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Irvine (North Ayrshire). The Irvine Vision is an effort by North Ayrshire Council, in partnership with the local community, to drive a strategic approach to the town’s economic and physical development.

You can read more about all 15 shortlisted projects in our SURF Awards Publication

The 2017 SURF Awards are delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, with additional support from Architecture & Design ScotlandCreative ScotlandHighlands and Islands EnterpriseScotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.

SURF will be holding Shared Learning events in May 2018 where the winning and shortlisted projects will be able to share practical learning outcomes with SURF’s wider network. Please keep an eye on our website or sign up to our newsletter for further information on these.

Previous SURF Awards

A full summary of the 2016 SURF Awards outcomes in available here.

A full summary of the 2015 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2014 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

Information on all recent annual SURF Awards iterations can be accessed on this webpage.

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

Aberdeen City Council
Clyde Gateway
Creative Scotland
Dundee Partnership
Edinburgh City Council
Glasgow City Council
Heritage Lottery Fund
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland
Wheatley Group