Monday, 23 September 2013

proud be shortlisted Age Scotland campaign of the year award - JessBarrow Award for Campaigning

with great thanks to all at Age  Scotland for the phone  call today to inform me I have been shortlisted  for the Jess Barrow  Award for Campaigning .I feel very honored to be on the Shortlist 

THANK YOU from a son 
About Jess Barrow

Jess Barrow was Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Age Scotland's predecessor charity, Age Concern Scotland.  She campaigned widely for the rights of older people and was a lifelong contributor to the third sector.
Starting her decade-long career at Age Concern Scotland as a housing officer, Jess was passionate about the problems faced by older people, actively campaigning on issues such as free bus travel, measures to reduce fuel poverty, funding to improve housing conditions and to establish a national helpline for older people.
She also played a significant role in ensuring the introduction of free personal and nursing care, which has made a huge difference to older people across Scotland.  
Jess had a single-minded focus and commitment to making things happen, which was ultimately acknowledged with a secondment to the then Scottish Executive to help develop its strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population.
She was a dynamic figure in the development of Scottish social policy in the early years of devolution and her actions were defined by a passionate belief in social justice, in righting wrongs and in creating a fair society for all.
Jess passed away in 2007 at the age of 44.  She is survived by her husband, Gordon Russell, and their two sons, James and Calum.

On 1st October we’ll be presenting the inaugural Age Scotland Awards.  Here’s who is on the shortlist.
Thank you to the many groups and individuals who sent us an entry, for themselves or on behalf of others, for the Age Scotland Awards 2013.  We’ve been hugely impressed by the quality of applications, demonstrating yet again the vibrancy of older voluntary action, and that creativity, dedication and inspired collaboration can be found in Scotland’s services for older people.   Here’s the shortlist:
The Awards will be made on 1st October 2013 at Age Scotland’s Scottish Parliamentary Reception.  For more information about the Awards and this event email us

you can find out more info on age Scotland at the links below

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