The Outstanding People Awards celebrate service excellence and recognise the great work being done by employees across South Ayrshire Council. This year, over 140 employees received nominations from colleagues and members of the public in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Council across a range of categories. Listed below are this year’s finalists who will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on 17th November, where the winner of each category will be announced.
|Outstanding contribution to the economy
||The Open Silver Group – this year the Open was held at Royal Troon Golf Course. The event attracted 173,000 visitors and brought in an estimated £80 million to the economy.
|The Scottish International Airshow (joint partners) was held at the Low Green in Ayr. Over 100,000 visitors travelled to the Airshow and it contributed an estimated £5 million to the local economy.|
|The Employability and Skills Team work hard to help young people in South Ayrshire’s work towards securing employment through various channels including work experience, work placements, apprenticeships and graduate internships.|
|Outstanding service to children and families
||Mhairi Wilson supports children and young people who face barriers which make it difficult for them to learn successfully in a mainstream school environment. Her positive attitude and determination is what makes her a valued member of the team.
|Educational Services Home Link Team - the team aim to improve outcomes for children and families. They work towards closing the attainment gap by encouraging and maintaining school attendance for young people that face barriers.|
|Daniella Miller and Karen Miller are teachers who have worked extensively to make a difference to literacy across South Ayrshire. Their work has been recognised nationally and internationally.|
|Karla Johnson works with young people and families who face disadvantages to build their confidence, skills and aspirations which are key for success within the community and school life.|
|The Giving Tree – a project that allows employees to buy a Christmas gift for children that may not receive many, if any, presents at this time of the year.|
|Outstanding service to adults and older people
||Invigor8 – a falls prevention programme aimed at people aged 60 and over that has seen many benefits for clients that are susceptible to falling.
|Emergency Response Team – a support service for vulnerable residents who live in their own home but require assistance should they find themselves in a difficult situation. The team work 24/7 and go above and beyond to ensure that residents receive the help they require.
|Mobile Attendant Team – the team are committed to providing care for members of the public who live at home but need assistance if they find themselves in difficulty.|
|Outstanding contribution to the community
||FEVA Project - an initiative set up to tackle environmental issues in the Wallacetoun area of Ayr, by engaging with the local primary school, partner agencies and the wider community.
|Claire Earnshaw – a procurement officer who, in her spare time, runs furniture restoration and upcycling workshops for South Ayrshire Women’s Aid through the Community Benefit Clause in the councils furniture contract. |
|The Customer Services Team are based across various locations in South Ayrshire and assist members of the public with a wide range of issues and enquires. |
|Outstanding contribution to improve the environment
||Litter Pickers at the Air Show – the team worked hard over the 2 day event to ensure that the Low Green and surrounding area was kept clean and litter free from the 100,000 visitors that attended the Airshow.
|Shirley Conner and Lisa Wilson supported projects in their schools to make pupils aware of their carbon footprint and other environmental issues as part of the Provost’s School Footprint Challenge.|
||The Council Tax Govtech Project Team have transformed the Council Tax service by implementing an online system. The new system has improved the service that customers receive as well as staff seeing the many benefits of this automated system.
|Heather Michael works in Property Maintenance and has been crucial to the implementation of a new work scheduling system. Through Heather’s work the service will move from a paper based system to an electronic system therefore providing a more efficient repairs service for tenants and staff.|
|The Benefits Service - Over the last few years a number of changes has been made to this service. As a result, the service has achieved and sustained performance levels above the Scottish average.|
|Stewart McCall is a committed member of staff who works to improve the way we communicate with our customers and with each other. A recent example is the online storymap he developed to simplify the complex Local Development Plan document.|
||Gordon Patterson – Crosshill Primary School’s janitor who goes above and beyond every day. Nothing is ever a problem for Gordon and he goes out his way to make sure that the school is the best that it can be.
|William Adams – one of County Buildings Council Officers who takes great pride in everything he does. He consistently displays the South Ayrshire Way behaviours and always has a smile on his face. |
|Sara Burdon supervises the admin team at Employability and Skills. She consistently goes the extra mile for employees and members of the public and ensures that she supports her team to the very best of her ability.|
|Linda Goodwin is a catering assistant in the canteen in County Buildings. She delivers great customer service to employees and visitors. Nothing is a problem for Linda and she consistently demonstrates the South Ayrshire Way behaviours and standards – respectful, positive and supportive.|
||Investors in Young People – a team consisting of employees and managers from various service areas who worked together to achieve the Investors in Young People Gold Award which recognises the councils commitment to youth employability.
|The Oracle Payroll Project Team were brought together over a short period of time to work together to transfer payroll from an older system to Oracle. The team work tirelessly to overcome barriers so project timescales are met.|
|The South Ayrshire Way Team consisted of managers across the council who were tasked with looking at the council current image and for ways to improve it. They developed a set of standards and behaviours called The South Ayrshire Way which is being rolled out across the organisation.|
|The Business Improvement Team consists of a number of employees, with different backgrounds and experiences from throughout the Council. They work hard to make processes more efficient and effective and have identified and achieved a substantial amount of savings. |
|Outstanding young person
||Kyle McKay has worked within the Housing service for a few months and has already made a lasting impression on his colleagues. His enthusiasm and new ideas has made a positive impact on how the service engages with tenants.
|Craig Grimason and Steven Boyle are young employees who work as greenkeepers. They are committed to the work that they do and they both carry out their job to the highest standards and always take pride in their work. |
|Courtney Griffiths is a friendly and approachable young person based in the education office in County Buildings. She regularly goes out her way to support others while taking on new areas of work. She delights in her work and nothing is ever a problem to her.|
|Toni Vane has transformed the welcome desk in the Wallace Tower to an organised well run area for colleagues and members of the public. She is always enthusiastic and her positive attitude to work motivates her colleagues.|
||Sacred Heart Primary has been nominated for the dedication that the teachers and staff have for this small school. Teachers run various committees for the pupils including a community garden which is also used for science lessons.
|Grammar Primary has been nominated for the encouragement and support that the teachers and staff consistently give to the pupils. All pupils in the school have many opportunities to get involved in a wide range of projects and activities which builds the confidence of each child.|
|Kingcase Primary in Prestwick has built a strong relationship with parents as the staff go out of their way to support parent involvement such as the PTA and Parent Council. Berverliann King is one example of a teacher in the school who has made a huge difference to pupils in her class.|
|Outstanding community group
||Fullarton Fairy Trail – a forgotten woodland area that has been transformed by members of the public into a family attraction. At the Fairy Trail children look for fairies, visit their houses that are carved out of trees as well as attend organised events such as Easter egg hunt and pumpkin trail.
|Clean up Tarbolton Woods – an intergenerational group of local residents who have joined together to clear the area of rubbish, debris, flytipping and overgrown weeds. As well as physically clearing the area they fundraise and campaign for the area to be keen clean and tidy.|
|Breastfeeding Network – a support group for new mums which is made up of volunteers from the community. Volunteers include mums who were previously part of the group who provide support and information by running two drop in centres in South Ayrshire. |