Welcome to the COSLA Excellence Awards

The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best in Scottish local government. Our emphasis is on rewarding the most innovative and passionate developments, and on recognising projects that are changing lives. We find those who are setting new standards and spread their good practice. If you have a project that has made a difference, we want to hear about it.

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previous winners

Read about projects that have been recognised in previous years, and download more information about them.

Bronze Award Winners 2014

Further details about the ten long-leeted 2014 projects in each of our 6 categories

Silver Award Winners 2014

Read more about the 2014 short leeted projects, including short video overviews and downloadable details.

Gold Award Winners 2014

Find out about what makes a winning 2014 application, watch a video about the project, and download more details.

Special Award Winners 2014

The 2014 COSLA Chair’s Award, SOLACE Best Team, and Scottish Government Award for Excellence

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March 13, 2014

The 2014 COSLA Excellence Awards have honoured eight Scottish councils and their partners for their outstanding impact in local communities.

Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross, Highland, Glasgow City, North Ayrshire and Stirling Councils all took first place in the main categories of the Awards.  Fife Council scooped the Chairman’s Award, while the SOLACE Best Team Award was also picked up by Glasgow City Council.  Midlothian Council was recognised for Delivering Excellence by the Scottish Government.Download the 2014 Winners

COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill, who chaired the judging panel, described the entries for the awards this year as inspiring:

“These winners sum up what Scottish local government is all about- innovative and joined up services, delivered by hard working staff, that are changing lives every day.”

Councillor O’Neill continued: “Public services in Scotland have to deal with fewer resources while demand for their services is rising fast. At every stage of the Awards it’s been clear to me that councils and their partners are breaking new ground in how they are rising to that challenge.  We have witnessed some incredible projects, and the results are already speaking for themselves.  Above all, I have been struck by the utter determination and passion that council workers and our partners have for improving outcomes for their communities.  All those who took part should be very proud indeed”.

Find out detailed information about all of the winners by downloading our press release: 2014 Excellence Awards WINNERS

Photos of the winning teams are available on each of the winning project’s profiles on this site or from our Flickr site.

COSLA CHAIR’S AWARD – Fife Council- Teenage Pregnancy Initiative
March 13, 2014 – 10:55 pm
COSLA CHAIR’S AWARD – Fife Council- Teenage Pregnancy Initiative

Fife Council Education and Learning Directorate and NHS Fife have responded to local data and research based evidence by developing a positive, non-stigmatising and supportive approach to tackling very high rates of unplanned teenage pregnancy and STIs recorded in Kirkcaldy.

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT DELIVERING EXCELLENCE AWARD- Midlothian Council- Midlothian’s Got the X Factor
March 13, 2014 – 10:53 pm
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT DELIVERING EXCELLENCE AWARD- Midlothian Council- Midlothian’s Got the X Factor

The M Factor partnership project encapsulates excellence, innovation and ambition in education. This authority-wide project enabled 28 primary schools, serving diverse communities, to deliver a highly-motivating and innovative educational experience involving 700 children and a range of international, UK and local partner organisations