Press Release: The 2009 Surf Awards: Celebrating Successful Regeneration In A Difficult Climate

Press Release: The 2009 Surf Awards: Celebrating Successful Regeneration In A Difficult Climate

Community based projects and their locally run services are vital in holding together the fragile fabric of communities in a time of recession, rising unemployment and public sector cuts.

The best examples of community regeneration in Scotland are celebrated by the prestigious and independent annual SURF Awards.

The SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were presented last night (03/12/2009) at an annual celebratory dinner in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel.

Representatives of six winning and highly commended projects were awarded certificates of recognition by the Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Communities, Alex Neil MSP.

The real success of the SURF Awards, however, is in highlighting the wide range of excellent regeneration work that goes on in communities across the whole country throughout the year.

The broad, national scope of the SURF Awards was much in evidence this year, as the panel of ten independent judges, drawn from community groups and national regeneration-related organisations, travelled to observe projects across the country, from Aberdeenshire and Argyll & Bute to Dumfries & Galloway.

Ultimately, after sifting through a record number of over 100 project applications and visiting 15 different short-listed initiatives, the successful projects are:

People Category 
Winner – Playbusters Ltd (Glasgow)
Highly Commended – Dundee International Women’s Centre

Place Category
Winner – TACT Healthy Park (Blantyre, South Lanarkshire)
Highly Commended – Spartans Community Football Academy (Edinburgh)
Partnership Category
Winner – South Lanarkshire Childminding Development Programme
Highly Commended – Craigmillar Business Incubator Project (Edinburgh)

The judges for 2009, in the eleventh year of the SURF Awards, were adamant that there were many projects worthy of recognition and several others at an early stage of development that are likely to go on to great success in the future.

The SURF Awards are sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Centre for Regeneration, which is supportive of work aimed at identifying and sharing good practice in regeneration. In 2009, additional support to help the three winning projects build on their success in future was provided by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.