Individuals and teams making a difference to health and well-being in our communities were honoured at North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Breakfast for Champions event at Irvine’s Volunteer Rooms on Thursday 27 February. 

Finalists and their nominators, as well as invited guests, enjoyed a breakfast cooked by volunteers from Café Solace and entertainment by Ayrshire musician Campbell Sproat and magician Sean McNulty.

This year, the nomination process was open to the public as well as staff, with finalists ranging from NAHSCP employees to inspirational members of the community, volunteers and third sector organisations.

After a difficult decision-making process for the judging panel, the winners were announced as follows:


Team Categories


Volunteer Champions: Bourtreehill Age Concern Drop in Centre, Irvine

Partnership Champions: NAHSCP Employability Mentors: Geraldine Cairns and Dawn Boyd

Innovative Team: NAHSCP Care at Home Assistants

Community Superheroes: Lend an Ear Volunteer Team

Administration Stars: Break the Silence Administration Team


Individual Categories


Community Superhero: Michelle Trainer (Third Sector Community Link Worker, North Coast)

Trail Blazer: Deborah Francis (Castleview Day Care Officer)

Everyday Hero: Kirsty Calderwood (Lead Officer, Children, Families and Justice Service)

Administration Star: Judith McKenzie (Clerical Officer, Dirrans Centre)

No. 1 Volunteer: Sally Powell (Carer and Volunteer)

Inspirational Leadership: Elspeth Mair (Speech and Language Service Lead)

Partnership Champion: Bella Burley McLeod (Support Worker)


Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We have so many dedicated people in North Ayrshire, including caring employees and residents, who go the extra mile for their service users, friends, family, neighbours and communities.

“The Partnership Awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate the important contribution of these teams and individuals, and the positive difference they make to people’s lives.

“We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate. There are always difficult decisions for the judging panel to make, and this year was no exception.

“A huge congratulations to all our our winners, finalists and nominees.”

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