The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

South Ayrshire Council recognise employees who went the extra mile

What do a cleansing operative, a libraries team, a cemetery worker, Girvan Resource Centre team and an apprentice plasterer all have in common?

They were named this week as South Ayrshire Council Outstanding People Award winners at a ceremony in Ayr Town Hall.


The Outstanding People Awards is the Council’s reward and recognition scheme and celebrates those employees who go the extra mile to deliver the highest quality of service to residents and colleagues across South Ayrshire.

A total of fifteen individual and team nominations were shortlisted as finalists in five categories – Service Excellence, Innovation, Equalities in Action, Sustainability and Inspirational Young Employee.

The finalists were selected throughout the year from more than 130 nominations from Council employees and members of the public.

Selecting the Outstanding People Awards winners was a difficult task for the judging panel – made up of representatives from across the Council – as each person was a worthy finalist.

David Anderson, Chief Executive said: “The Outstanding People Awards not only recognised the best of our employees within the Council but the outstanding people who work in every corner of our organisation. The finalists and the winners are all terrific ambassadors for the Council and they should all be proud of what they have achieved.”

Councillor McIntosh, Leader of the Council said: “I believe it is important to recognise the positive contribution our employees make to the Council and to the lives of people across South Ayrshire. The energy, enthusiasm, dedication, drive, positivity and desire to be the best they can be made these employees stand out from the crowd.”

South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan said: “I travel the length and breadth of South Ayrshire, meeting employees, volunteer groups and people within our communities, something I really enjoy. I get a lot of pleasure when people I meet tell me how great they think our employees are, and how much they appreciate the services we deliver.

An organisation is only as good as its employees and the employees of South Ayrshire Council set very high standards.”

The Outstanding People Awards 2011 finalists and winners (with details of the reasons for their nomination) are:

Service Excellence
• Clive Price
• Munch Crunch
• Gavin Welsh

Winner: Clive Price

Clive is a Cleansing Operative stationed in Ayr and he has been nominated for his dedication, commitment and quality of workmanship.

Clive’s nominees have described him as a gentleman who goes about his business without any drama or fuss and who is extremely well thought of by his work colleagues.

Residents regularly comment on how much they value Clive and his dedication to doing a job well. Recently the service received a letter from an appreciative resident, and Clive was also recognised in the Kincaidston Newsletter for his positive contribution to building a strong community. Clive’s valued work within the local area is appreciated by residents and visitors to the Kincaidston district who regularly remark on the excellent standards to which he works.

• Clare Kennedy
• Libraries Team
• Get on Your Bike Team

Winner: Libraries Team

The Libraries Team is based in locations across South Ayrshire and are nominated for the outstanding contribution they have made to the E-Book Revolution.

The team’s work has resulted in South Ayrshire being the first Council in Scotland to provide a free e-book and e-audio book download service to library users, and in September this year the Team led South Ayrshire to be the first Council in the World to publish an e-book in a range of formats that could be borrowed via the e-book lending service and downloaded from Amazon. The new service means that library users no longer need to visit the library – they can download books anywhere, at any time.

This nomination acknowledges the bold step taken by South Ayrshire Council to embrace the e-book revolution and the concept of moving into the e-age has been driven forward enthusiastically and positively by the Libraries Team.

Equalities in Action
• Linda Hall
• Margaret Catterall and Susan Hughes
• Girvan Resource Centre Team

Winner: Girvan Resource Centre

The Girvan Resource Centre Team have been nominated for the work they have been doing to ensure the Girvan Opportunities project is a success.

Following the withdrawal of Ayr College Further Education services in Girvan for people with learning difficulties, the Girvan Resource Team developed a tertiary curriculum to be delivered locally by staff and volunteers. As you can see, the team get involved with all activities much to the appreciation and benefit of their clients.

Girvan Opportunities offers courses that develop social, employment and independent living skills and it is the hard work and determination of everyone in the Team that is to be celebrated with this nomination.

• Anne Smillie
• Street Lighting Project Team
• John Fergusson

Winner: John Fergusson

John is a Cemetery Worker who has been nominated for his inspiring ideas that are helping to promote wildlife diversity in cemeteries and crematoriums across South Ayrshire.

John has been working hard with Scottish Natural Heritage and has a pilot project operating which has included planting a variety of bulbs, as well as fitting a number of nesting boxes to attract a wide variety of wildlife within the Cemetery. John is preparing to roll this great project out across other cemeteries and crematoriums in South Ayrshire with plans to link in to local primary schools to promote a wider understanding of the environment.

Described as respectful, hardworking, kind and always ready to lend a hand or a word of advice, John’s idea has been a huge success which has been demonstrated by sightings of red squirrel, and the even more elusive Holly Blue butterfly. John has started a project that will have a positive impact, which will echo through the community for generations to come.

Inspirational Young Employee of the Year
• Kirsty Gerrish
• Kristofor Breingan
• Sarah Crawford

Winner: Kristofor Breingan

Kristofor is a craft apprentice training to be a qualified plasterer. Having established himself as an apprentice who was keen to learn all aspect of the trade, Kristofor has been nominated for his positive attitude towards his work and training.

Kristofor’s pleasant good humour and willingness to learn has made him very popular with his colleagues and both his apprentice reviews and college reports are always excellent.

Having won the Reid Kerr College apprentice of the year earlier this year, Kristofor has made a positive impact in the workplace which is to be celebrated as he has made himself an asset to the service.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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