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ScotSpirit Breaks shortlisted for top award

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Scottish Public Sector Awards 2018The ScotSpirit Breaks, a Scotland-wide project coordinated by VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation, and the Family Holiday Association, has been nominated for the prestigious 2018 Scottish Public Sector Awards in the Third Sector Partnership category.

Launched three years ago, the jointly led initiative aims to make tourism more inclusive and deliver tangible benefits to the wellbeing of struggling families in Scotland.

Since its conception, the ScotSpirit Breaks have already enabled over 1,100 vulnerable and disadvantaged families in Scotland – all on low income and many facing some of life’s toughest challenges – to experience the benefits of a short break in their own country.

The initiative is a unique, nation-wide partnership and is made possible by the generous support of a wide range of tourism businesses and organisations across Scotland.

The Awards, launched by Holyrood magazine in 2014, are held in association with the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament and uniquely recognise the rich diversity of public life in Scotland and the vital relationships that cut across departmental, geographic, and institutional boundaries.

They offer an annual opportunity to showcase some of the most innovative and thought-provoking work being done the length and breadth of Scotland, which is often done in partnerships between sectors to offer impactful services along with value for money to the public purse.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony being held at the Scottish Parliament on the 5th December.