North east sensory charity nominated for Scottish Charity Award
A charity that supports blind and deaf people across the north east has been nominated for a national award.
North East Sensory Services (NESS) is a finalist at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards, run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), in the Digital Citizen category. It was shortlisted for its work in providing accessible IT and digital training and support to people with sight and/or hearing loss, helping them to live as independently as possible on their own terms. The work by ICT officers at NESS is designed to reduce isolation and increase digital inclusion for those with sensory loss.
The awards ceremony will be held in Edinburgh on June 23, and will be hosted by TV presenter Sally Magnusson. A total of 32 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across Scotland have been shortlisted over nine categories, following a record-breaking number of nominations. And while a judging panel will determine the winners in each of the distinct categories, members of the public can also have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award.
NESS has encouraged people across the north east to get behind it by visiting scvo.scot/vote before 5pm on Wednesday, May 24.
The charity supports thousands of people with sight and hearing loss in Aberdeen, Moray, Dundee, Angus, and Aberdeenshire. Its main objective is to help those with sensory loss live as independently as possible.
To view the full list of finalists, please visit the SCVO website.
Graham Findlay, chief executive of NESS
“Everyone at NESS is delighted to be nominated for the Digital Citizen category at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards. We are more and more dependent on technology in our everyday lives and our skilled staff are experts in supporting our blind and deaf service users to make the most of specialist equipment to help them remain independent. I am so proud of our staff who always go the extra mile, they are so deserving of this recognition.”
Anna Fowlie, chief executive of SCVO
“This year’s Scottish Charity Awards are a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the exceptional individuals and groups within our vibrant sector. This year’s record-breaking number of nominations underlines the strength of Scotland’s voluntary sector, and the crucial work that we see from charities and voluntary organisations across the country. The hard work and dedication of people and organisations like these 32 finalists are making Scotland a better place to live and work. There is still a chance to have your own voice heard by voting in the People’s Choice Award. Don’t be late – participate!”