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21st June 2024

Scottish Charity Awards 2024

Run annually by SCVO, the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of the voluntary sector.

This year’s shortlist included 39 individuals and organisations from charities, social enterprises, and voluntary groups across the country. We were pleased to sponsor the Volunteer of the Year Award and be part of the ceremony that took place on Thursday, 20th June, at Radisson Blu, Glasgow.

Huge congratulations to Mary Hepburn, a volunteer at Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, who was announced as the very deserving winner of Volunteer of the Year.

Mary began volunteering with the charity in 2022 after retiring from her role as a counselling tutor. Since then, she has provided invaluable one-to-one support to 19 survivors of rape and sexual assault, going above and beyond to be the best practitioner she can be. Her strong ethics, caring nature, and natural ability to listen closely to the needs of others are appreciated by clients and peers alike.

L-R: Alan Stevenson (CEO Volunteer Scotland), Mary Hepburn (Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre Volunteer) & Sally Magnusson

"Thank you to everyone at the SCVO for organising, hosting and highlighting the fantastic charity work done here in Scotland. Also, to all at FRASAC who deliver such an amazing service for our community, in Fife."

More than just a chance to catch up with our peers, the Awards ceremony is a sit back and absorb affair; as staff and volunteers talk about the changes they make and how their contributions change them. An incredible snapshot, which we know is repeated many many more times across the nation. Apart from the obvious question of how you possibly find a ‘winner’ it reaffirms for us, the importance of our role to help inspire, facilitate and support volunteering in all of its forms. View all Winners here.