The Scottish Sensory Awards – Update

On the 15 February, it was a great day to host the first ever Sensory Awards which took place in the Stirling Court Hotel, the sun was shining. The ceremony ran smoothly.
The event was hosted by Angela Bonomy of the Scottish Government’s See Hear Strategy.
There were 63 nominations received. We had a number of nominations for visual impairment, joint visual impairment, hearing impairment, hearing impairment in it’s own right and for deafblindness. We had a good spread across all of the categories. A really good mix within nominations.
We have had Social Work, RNIB, a housing association, a day service, lipreading, schools, prescribing support teams, deaf studies, leisure, singing, museums, the pub, Forth Valley Sensory Centre, NHS, libraries, guide dogs present at the ceremony.


Seven categories:

Category 1: Preventing and screening for early diagnosis.

Winner: RNIB Pathway Assessment Service & Fife Council Social Work Communication Service.

Runners up:  Joanne Dick, Vision Support Officer RNIB.


Category 2: Promoting Choice and Control.

Winner: Trust Housing Association.

Runners up: RNIB Springfield Service & Susan Brown – Lipreading Tutor.


Category 3: Personal and workforce development.

Winner: Windsor Park School Sensory Service.

Runners up: Dingwall Academy Staff Sign Class & Stephen Joyce from Deafblind Scotland.


Category 4: Engaging people with a sensory loss and information sharing across all our communities.

Winner: Dingwall Academy. D/deaf pupils in Deaf Base.

Runners up: Dingwall Academy, S1 deaf studies course & West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership Prescribing Support Team.


Category 5: Encouraging community connectedness; community arts; libraries and leisure.

Winner: West Dunbartonshire Leisure.

Runners up: Barbara Hamilton from Perth Museum and Art Gallery & Forth Valley Sensory Singers.


Category 6: Un-sung heroes; neighbourhoods, school, residential and day-care.

Winner: Adam Ford and the Montgomerie Arms team.

Runners up: Christine Moroney from Forth Valley Sensory Centre & Rita Balloch from Forth Valley Sensory Centre.


Category 7: Promoting partnership working across all services for people with sensory loss.

Winner: NHS Lothian Audiology.

Runners up: Mary Rasmussen, Guide Dog Owner & Counterweight in Deafblind Scotland.


It has been a good celebration of everyone involved in sensory impairment and it is a good illustration that it takes a whole nation to support people with sensory impairment issues. Well done to all the winners and runner ups.
Lastly we would like to thank all the partnerships who were involved in the planning committee and making this Awards Ceremony happen.
We will see you all at next year’s Sensory Awards 2017. When? Where? Keep checking the Sensory Awards website for more upcoming details.