Our Centrestage team picked up six awards at the Scottish Mentoring Network Awards on Tuesday 6th November at the ceremony held in Edinburgh. The annual awards are designed to acknowledge mentoring projects and individuals that have made a significant impact over the past year across Scotland. Our Catalyst, Eat & Train projects and team were awarded the following:
Highly Commended Employee: Melanie McLean
Commended Mentor: Mich Brooks
Commended Employee: Craig Ferrell
Highly Commended Mentor: Jim Davis
Commended Project: Eat & Train
Highly Commended Project: Catalyst
On Thursday 4th October at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock our CEO, Fiona McKenzie was recognised at ‘The Cream of Ayrshire Awards’ winning the ‘Unsung Hero’ category, sponsored by North, East and South Ayrshire Councils.
The annual awards recognise heroes and celebrates success across Ayrshire communities with West Sound & West FM listeners nominating people and organisations across various categories. We all know that Fiona champions opportunities for everyone and over the past twelve years has built an incredible Charity that now welcomes over 2500 participants per week. On receiving the award Fiona said, “sincere thanks to everyone who was part of making this happen, I’m so grateful to have such an incredible #oneteam at Centrestage and to be part of such a wonderful Ayrshire Community.”
Well done to the finalist and winners on the night and thanks to everyone who voted. For all winners and full picture gallery from celebratory bash, follow the link…
Introduction from Fiona McKenzie, Centrestage, CEO, “This year-end, more than any other in our 12 year history, marks new beginnings for Centrestage. In 2006 our mission statement for Centrestage was very clear: 'that anyone - regardless of age, ability, background or experience - can gain life changing social benefits through active participation in the arts, particularly music, drama and dance.'
Over a decade later, the 'What Works Scotland' report described our work as: “Radical inclusiveness, entailing a non-judgmental attitude and ongoing efforts to reach out to excluded groups and individuals. We interpret this as manifestation of “unconditional positive regard" for others which creates a foundation for relationship-building and reciprocity.”
As we move forward, we will continue to promote the power of unconditional positive regard, or love, for making a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable across our community. And we will not just talk about it. We must do it, with intention, across every aspect of our organisation.