FINNIE CONGRATULATES MORAY CHARITY ON NATIONAL BUSINESS PRIZE

Independent MSP John Finnie has congratulated Third Sector Interface Moray (known as tsiMoray) on winning the prestigious “Committed to Excellence” trophy at the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence.

tsiMoray provides impartial advice and support to helps local charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises achieve their goals. The prize, awarded by Quality Scotland, recognises excellence across all of tsiMoray’s work.

Mr Finnie congratulated the tsiMoray team in person when he visited their office in Elgin on 21 July, as part of a tour of community organisations during the Scottish Parliament's summer recess. He has lodged a motion of congratulations at Holyrood to allow other MSPs to show their support.

 Mr Finnie said:

“Voluntary organisations do so much to support our communities, improve our quality of life and protect the vulnerable, especially in this age of vicious cuts. But they rarely get the recognition they deserve.

“Even less glory goes to organisations like tsiMoray that work behind the scenes, helping dozens of charities stay afloat, find and train volunteers, and become more effective in their mission. I’m delighted that the great work tsiMoray has been recognised at this national level.

“It’s a testament to the talent and dedication of tsiMoray’s staff that they have been able to maintain such excellence while the voluntary sector is being so thin. Cuts are making funding tighter while exacerbating the social problems voluntary organisations are committed to tackling.

“The Scottish Government can help by protecting funding, and by giving organisations longer, more secure funding deals. But the biggest threat to the voluntary sector is the tidal wave of welfare and other cuts coming from Westminster, creating poverty and hardship that they will be expected to deal with.”

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