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Inspiring Aberdeenshire

Inspiring Aberdeenshire is one of the council’s biggest annual events. The awards celebrate the achievements and successes of our people across Aberdeenshire who go the extra mile for their communities, often with little official recognition. Winners in the past have included residents, council staff, community groups and young people.

Given the current circumstances of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in line with public health advice, the decision has been taken to postpone this year’s Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards ceremony planned for June. We Are really disappointed that we’ve had to make this decision but the health and well-being of all our guests, councillors and performers is of paramount importance. We are working on securing a new date and this page will be updated as soon as we are able to confirm the new arrangements.


2020 finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2020 awards, and the winners will be announced in June. The judges praised the nominations across all categories, including the Heart of Aberdeenshire Caring Award, The Inspirational Volunteer Award and the Local Hero Courage Award, among others.



In previous years we have had performances during the night from local dancers, singers, school choirs, even a skipping group. We are always keen to get local performers involved throughout the night. If you are involved with a group who would like to be on stage with us at the next event, please email us with a short description of who you are and what you do. Video links will also help the organisers better understand your performance.



The event benefits from sponsorship by a range of local companies who are keen to be involved from year to year. In return for signing up as an official sponsor you will be there on the night, take your place on stage as the awards are handed out, receive official photos from the event, and have your company logo on each table, as well as getting a mention during the event. View sponsor pack (pdf 7MB) for more information.

Event information

Watch Provost of Aberdeenshire Councillor Bill Howatson explain why Inspiring Aberdeenshire is such a special event for him and everyone involved. If you have any questions or want to know more, or if you want to perform or sponsor the event, email