Quarriers Arrows Service shortlisted for national charity award

Quarriers Arrows Drug and Alcohol Support in Moray set to star at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector.

This year’s shortlist includes 32 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country following a record-breaking number of nominations. While a judging panel will determine the winners under nine distinct categories, members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award – by visiting scvo.scot/vote – before 5pm on Wednesday 24 May 2023.

Quarriers Arrows has been recognised as a finalist in the Pioneering Project category and are encouraging those in Moray area to vote for them.

Justin Jansen, Service Manager for Arrows, said: “We are thrilled to be a finalist in the Pioneering Project category. Operation Protector (OP) has been ground-breaking in tackling drug and alcohol issues in Moray. OP has managed to bring many substance users into this service, rather than being arrested, with the close co-operation of Police Scotland. Partnering a drug and alcohol support service with the Police wasn’t thought to be a marriage made in heaven, and it hasn’t been easy, but we are seeing such positive results with referrals coming in and cross partnership working proving invaluable to everyone involved.

“The spin offs from OP include the creation of a successful Recovery Football Team programme, instigating lived-experience drug and alcohol talks to all High Schools in Moray, informing the locals about protection, vulnerability, naloxone training and cuckooing.”

The 2023 Scottish Charity Awards winners will be announced at a celebratory awards ceremony in Edinburgh on 23 June 2023 – hosted by TV presenter Sally Magnusson.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO, said: “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!”

To view the full list of finalists, visit the SCVO website.