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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.

We have now opened nominations for the 2020 Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards. The nomination form will stay open until the end of 2019, to give you enough time to make sure your community heroes get recognised.

View Inspiring Aberdeenshire privacy notice (pdf 171KB).


2019 winners

There are eight categories every year. These are Heart of Aberdeenshire Caring Award, The Inspirational Volunteer Award, The Local Hero Courage Award, The Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award, The Community Spirit Award, The Cultural Award, Aberdeenshire’s Future Award, The Inspiring Aberdeenshire Lifetime Achievement Award. Read about our 2019 Inspiring winners (pdf 167KB).



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 5.24MB) 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