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Employer of the Year award winners
This year’s top two Scottish organisations chosen as Employer of the Year were Canongate Youth Project in Edinburgh and Argyll and Bute Council. Both organisations evidenced the outstanding support they provide to an employee with epilepsy. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil MSP joined our chief executive Lesslie Young to honour this best practice and he presented the winners with a trophy in a special award ceremony at the charity’s annual Glasgow Wags dinner. Canongate Youth Project’s arts and crafts worker Paul Scott and Argyll and Bute Council web developer Helen Butler nominated their employers for the award. The judging panel included Serco occupational health medical director Dr Freddie Westbrook, recruitment specialists director Allan Dickson and Lesslie Young. Read the press release and view their examples of best practice.
People with epilepsy can sometimes face difficulties when looking for work or staying in employment. In recognition of this, and to highlight best practice among Scotland’s employers, we are running an Employer of the Year award. There will be two awards, one for organisations with under 50 staff and those with 50 or more employers.
The awards provide an opportunity for employers, no matter how small or large, to be honoured and recognised for providing outstanding support to an employee who has epilepsy.
If you would like to take part, please download our application form or complete our online application form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or return to Epilepsy Scotland, 48 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 1JL. Both employers and employees have from 14 February, St Valentine's Day, to 26 March, International Purple Day, which is all about raising awareness of epilepsy, to nominate their organisation for these awards. The winning entrants will be invited to a special ceremony on 25 April in Glasgow where the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil MSP will make a presentation.
Some of our supporters share how their employers have helped them at work. Take a look at this short film on employability by LTCAS (Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland).