RESIDENTS of Clydebank are being encouraged to nominate projects that help vulnerable people as part of the Scottish Social Services Awards.

The awards are designed to acknowledge innovation and recognise people and organisations who help those in society who need it most.

They are distinguished by the unique categories which encourage nominations from the sector including those who strive to make change happen and those who demonstrate a different or an enlightened approach.

This year’s awards also feature a new special policy focus award to recognise excellence in mental health services.

The Scottish Government is committed to improving mental health across Scotland and has introduced a 10-year strategy to improve access to services.

Maree Todd MSP, the minister for childcare and early years who is launching the opening of the nominations, said: “Mental health touches many lives in Scotland – from a young person struggling in school, or a colleague absent from work, to an elderly relative living with dementia.

“We have all seen, and often personally felt and experienced, the impact of mental health problems.

“Mental health is becoming increasingly important in our society and it’s great that this new award will help recognise contributions to such an important issue.”

Individuals, teams and agencies registered with the Scottish Social Services Council or the Care Inspectorate should nominate online at before February 15.