The hard work and dedication of Quarriers staff in Clydebank has been recognised as charity marks its 150th anniversary.

Pam Duncan-Glancy, MSP for Glasgow, inspired a specially-selected group of staff when talking about ‘Disability and Opportunity in 2021’ and presented Excellence Awards to Quarriers’ staff and volunteers at the world-leading William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Govan.

The renowned centre is just part of the legacy of the rags-to-riches shoe merchant who started the charity in James Morrison Street in Glasgow in 1871 as a home for orphaned children.

The ethos of William Quarrier to support those in need continues to this day and social care staff from the charity have been acknowledged as 'unsung heroes' during the pandemic.

Their commitment was recognised by the Labour MSP who presented the awards to staff that helped to ensure that Quarriers continues to provide the best possible level of care through its 100 different services across Scotland.

Gemma Edgar, of the Quarriers Dunn Street Service in Clydebank, won the Excellence in Management and Leadership accolade.

In her role of team leader, Gemma "shows impressive leadership skills which really benefit her colleagues and people supported by Quarriers. She leads by example and positively encourages the team to do their best and to provide the best support possible.

"Aside from her team leader role she has also decorated the service in bold colours, redecorated the sensory room as well as encouraging people to take part in events such as The Kiltwalk."

Ms Duncan-Glancy said: "Quarriers staff have continually gone above and beyond to provide vital care and support through the provision of key services across Scotland. I’m delighted to recognise and celebrate the importance of their work and their dedication as the organisation marks its 150th anniversary."

Dr Ron Culley, CEO of Quarriers, said: "As we mark our 150th anniversary, we’re delighted to welcome Ms Duncan Glancy MSP to Quarriers. The charity has made a significant impact on Scotland’s care sector for the past 150 years. With Ms Duncan Glancy’s support, the positive impact of Quarriers’ alongside the people who need it most, will go from strength to strength.  

"For many the support of our staff is vital and it helps them to realise their full potential and overcome challenges in their day to day lives and all our team should be proud of their work and the difference that it makes."