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School of Health and Life Sciences celebrates Scottish public services at Herald Society Awards

07 November 2014

Professor Valerie Webster (left) presented the award to the Zone Initiative

Professor Valerie Webster (left) presented the award to the Zone Initiative

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) School of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) recognised the best work in Scotland’s public and voluntary sectors at the Herald Society Awards 2014, which took place last night (Thursday, November 6) in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

HLS sponsored the Older People’s Project of the Year category, which was awarded to the Zone Initiative’s Home Buddy scheme for its outstanding work to improve the lives or lifestyles of older people. This project provides tailored services to assist older people and disabled and vulnerable adults within the Doon valley and Kilmarnock area so they can live in their homes and communities longer.

The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia, also received a commendation.

The event was attended by a number of staff members and guests from GCU, including Executive Dean of HLS and Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Relations, Professor Valerie Webster, who presented the award.

Professor Webster said: “I was honored to present this award to the Zone Initiative and to recognise the great work it does to help older people live in their homes longer and to help stop them feeling isolated, afraid or lonely. The services the Home Buddy scheme provides, such as housework, weekly food shopping and social visits, can make a big difference to a person’s life.

“HLS was proud to sponsor the Older People’s Project of the Year category and to get behind those who make a positive impact in the community.”

Now in their seventh year, the awards were launched in 2008 to celebrate Scottish public services across all sectors, from health to community care, schools and colleges, and from major third-sector organisations to individual specialist charities.

For more information, visit the Herald Society Awards website