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The COSLA annual excellence awards are all about celebrating innovating and ground breaking projects and give local authorities the opportunity to show case their work and get the recognition for making a difference to communities.
Once again, teams from Dumfries and Galloway Council submitted applications to the awards process – teams of judges across Scotland assessed the 100’s of applications received, looking for evidence of sound approaches and results, to identify the best practice projects so that these can be recognised for their achievements and shared with others – allowing others to build on their successes – sharing good practice across Scotland.
Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray, presented the awards to three of our teams ahead of Full Council (12th December) who were winners of Bronze Awards with the following projects:
PUPPIES (Partnership Understanding to Protect Puppies from Illicit Exporting into Scotland). This won a bronze award in the ‘Achieving Better Outcomes’ category. This is a partnership project with SSPCA, Police Scotland, Scottish Government and the local community to tackle the problem of puppies being illicitly imported from puppy farms in Ireland. This award is a great example of how we can deliver more effectively working in partnership with others.
Congratulations to Sandra Harkness, Trading Standards Manager and David McGhie, Trading Standards Officer and the team.
Let’s Motivate – this won a bronze award in the ‘Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health’ category. Let’s Motivate is an evidenced based physical activity training programme targeted at older adult settings, including care homes. Training is provided free, enabling the older adult workforce to embed regular physical activity opportunities within their settings. Over 40 settings and 1,000 participants have benefitted from this in Dumfries and Galloway.
This award is a great example of the work we are doing to deliver on our commitment to help our older or vulnerable people to live healthy and independent lives.
Congratulations to Lee Seton, Health and Wellbeing Manager and Karen Robertson, Physical Activity Development Officer who collected the award on behalf of the team.
The Sky at Night – this won a bronze award in the ‘Strong and Sustainable Communities’ category. Dumfries and Galloway Council have undertaken a spend to save imitative to replace all 22,047 street lights across the region with LED lighting – benefiting from reduced energy costs, reduced maintenance costs and reduced carbon emissions whilst at the same time reducing light pollution, allowing the development of the Dark Skies Park in Galloway and the first Dark Skies Town in Moffat.
Congratulations to James McLeod, Infrastructure Manager and Calum Edgar, Team Leader Street Lighting.
The Leader commented: “I was delighted to present these awards today in recognition of these excellent projects, it shows we are leading the way with these innovative ideas. This is an example of all the good work which is being carried out throughout our Council Services every day and I congratulate the teams for their excellence and professionalism in everything they do.”