A Fraserburgh man has been named Social Worker of the Year by the Scottish Association of Social Work.
Sandy Watt, a Senior Practitioner Social Worker and Mental Health Officer with North Lanarkshire Council, received his award from Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell at a special ceremony in Perth.
Sandy (53), who was born and raised in Fraserburgh, was described by colleagues as a “model professional” who is held in the highest regard by service users, fellow social workers and health care workers.
His manager said: “He strives to ensure the best for the people he serves - often the most vulnerable and subject to statutory mental health interventions. Consistently and with quiet confidence, he acts as a catalyst to help bring about change in individuals, families and institutions.”
This was shown by his commitment to supporting a 40-year-old man with “restricted patient” status to live as rich a life in the community as possible.
The man is now attending college, has a part-time job and has got in touch with his family.
Sandy said: “I have been very lucky to continue to work as a social worker in a variety of settings for more than 20 years. I felt decidedly uncomfortable on learning that I had been nominated but the responses I’ve had have been very humbling and moving.
“I am now able to appreciate what these national awards mean in a wider context - positive recognition for the team, council and social work - and I’ll continue to do my best to reflect the pleasure I still get from the job and the high regard I have for it.”
Mr Watt received a trophy to keep, a weekend break in Europe and a year’s free membership of the Scottish Association of Social Work as part of the award win.