The outcomes of the prestigious 2021 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced on Thursday 9 December at a celebratory Dinner in the Voco Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.
Representatives of the five category winning initiatives were personally congratulated on their success by the Scottish Government’s Head of Regeneration Unit David Cowan.
The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.
SURF’s panel of 20 independent judges are drawn from national regeneration bodies and community groups. They carefully assessed all of the varied SURF Awards nominations in five thematic categories, virtually visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Fraserburgh, before agreeing upon the outcomes.
SURF’s panel of 20 independent judges are drawn from national regeneration bodies and community groups. They carefully assessed all of the varied SURF Awards nominations in five thematic categories, visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Fraserburgh, before selecting the following category winners:
- Housing and Regeneration: Step Up-Step Down at the Telford Centre (Fort Augustus, Highland). Situated in the grounds of a rural care home, the development has provided independent living solutions for the ageing population in Fort Augustus, whilst also freeing up general need housing and care home places.
- Creative Regeneration: RIG Arts (Greenock, Inverclyde). A socially engaged arts charity who work with partners across Inverclyde and Renfrewshire to bring artists and communities together in a collaborative and creative way.
- Community Led Regeneration: The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd (Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway). Set up by a group of local activists the project provides affordable furniture to families on low income whilst also reducing the amount of household items and white goods that go to landfill.
- Supporting Youth Employability: Move On: Employability Fund (Glasgow). Move On provide disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to gain employment focused skills, qualifications and practical work experience at their FareShare Warehouse in Scotstoun.
- Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Regenerating Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire). Through investment from the public and private sector and programmes of heritage and conservation reinstatement, the town is being lifted and renewed.
Housing and Regeneration:
- The Old Police Station, Langholm (Dumfries and Galloway)
- Affordable housing at former school on Abergeldie Road, Ballater (Aberdeenshire)
Supporting Youth Employability:
- Eat, Sleep, Ride CIC (Scottish Borders)
- The Larder (West Lothian)
- Museum of Things (Maryhill)
- Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre – Recovery Programme (Glasgow)
Community Led Regeneration:
- Greener Kirkcaldy (Fife)
- Bridgend Farmhouse Community Hub (Edinburgh)
Scotland’s Most Improved Place:
- Remaking Saracen (Glasgow)
- Ochiltree (East Ayrshire)
A publication highlighting the work of all winning and shortlisted initiatives featured in the 2021 SURF Awards is available for download below:
The SURF Awards Presentation Dinner was attended by over 300 guests from a wide range of public, private, and third sector organisations. Since 2003, the SURF Awards have been delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government. SURF is also grateful for additional support provided by Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Skills Development Scotland towards the delivery of thematic categories in 2021.