We’ve scooped two Charity Champion awards!

Last night we secured two national awards at a ceremony celebrating the incredible work being done by organisations and individuals in Scotland’s third sector!

We were awarded ‘Community Charity of the Year’ and received the prestigious ‘People’s Choice’ award at a top awards ceremony in Glasgow last night (Thursday 2nd November).

The Charity Champion Awards, run by Big Impact Scotland and supported by Martin Aitken & Co, RBS, OSCR, BTA, Project Scotland, F3 Entertainment, Marriot Hotel and fatBuzz, seek to reward Scotland’s charity champions.

By connecting people with the heritage, wildlife and green open spaces of the nation’s canals through pioneering and innovative projects, we’re inspiring people to get active, improve their health and well-being, employment prospects and community life, all the while enhancing the heritage and environment of Scotland’s canals.

In 2016 alone we worked with almost 7,000 people in communities across the country, from schoolchildren and unemployed young people to hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers.

The award comes just a few months after we were awarded a Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank ‘Spirit of the Community Award’ and ‘Special Recognition Award’ for our successful Green Action programme helping young people into work in Falkirk.

Karen Moore, Chief Executive for Scottish Waterways Trust, said:

We are delighted to be rewarded for our work in communities across Scotland. This is great recognition for our small team and would not be possible without them and our incredible funders, partners, supporters and volunteers.

Scotland’s canals play a vital role in communities today, running through some of the country’s biggest cities and towns and connecting many of our rural communities.

They provide the perfect place for people to come together to engage with history, heritage and nature, to learn new skills, improve their health and enjoy everything the waterways have to offer.

We look forward to running more projects which connect people with the canals and safeguard their fascinating heritage so people can continue to benefit from them well into the future.