Local organisation WHALE Arts are seeking your support after being shortlisted in the SCVO’s Charity of the Year in the 2021 Scottish Charity Awards.
WHALE was shortlisted due to their response during Covid-19:
WHALE Arts responded swiftly to Covid-19 and immediately adapted the way it worked to support the people of Wester Hailes. The team was concerned that people’s mental health and family relationships were put under increased pressure as a result of lockdown restrictions so they collaborated to mitigate against feelings of loneliness, isolation and disconnection from the community through friendship calls, food, art-packs, wellbeing packs, digital devices and support, and just general kindness and compassion. They then re-opened their building safely and successfully and are now warmly welcoming back volunteers and participants.
While the final winner of the category is chosen by a panel of judges. All organisations shortlisted can win the Peoples Choice Award, chosen by a popular vote. You can vote for WHALE online here.
WHALE is up against several other charities:
Cassiltoun Housing Association
Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC)
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (Scottish SPCA)
Scran Academy SCIO
West Lothian Foodbank SCIO
The SCVO Scottish Charity awards are held annually and this year have eight categories. You can read the full list of categories and shortlisted charities online here.
Speaking of the Shortlisting WHALE Arts said:
It’s wonderful to be included in the category of Charity of the Year 2021 and to be shortlisted to the final six in Scotland is an incredible honour. Thank you to all our partners and supporters who have helped us get here. It will be our 30th birthday next year, so winning this would be the icing on the cake!