The shortlist for the Social Enterprise Awards 2018 has just been announced by Social Enterprise Scotland, and Helen Houston the Manager of the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust has been shortlisted for an award. Helen, who is retiring from the Trust at the end of September is a finalist in the category: ‘Social Enterprise Champion – over 26’. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 6 November. The awards are the biggest celebration of social enterprise in Scotland, recognising innovation, impact and success in social enterprise – businesses that aim to change the world for the better.
Commenting on her nomination Helen said, “In the run up to my retirement it is wonderful to have been shortlisted for this national award which is in recognition of my work with community-based organisations in the Highlands.
Delivering community-based regeneration is only possible with the support and vision of a volunteer board of directors and team members. Wherever I have worked, with Alness Initiative, Community Energy Scotland and latterly with Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, I have been fortunate to have had such people round the table or part of my team. Together with the support of the wider community change can happen, and this is evident in Alness and in the Kyle of Sutherland.
It has also been a privilege to work with: Fiona Morrison at SSE; Carol Elliot at Foundation Scotland; staff at HIE; Hazel MacLean and her team at Forestry Commission; Allan Maguire and his team at Planning & Development – Highland Council; Helen Curry, David Knight and Mark Hall at Big Lottery; Liz Howard at Scottish Land Fund and members of the Sutherland Community Partnership. There are so many individuals and agencies which have contributed to this success including team members at the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Service.
I have been privileged to have worked with so many amazingly committed people over the years from Campbelltown to Unst, and from Tiree to Ardgay. So whether or not I am the ultimate winner of this accolade I am already a winner!”