21 February 2023

Nominations open for Inspiring Aberdeenshire

Communities across Aberdeenshire are being asked to nominate their heroes for the 2023 Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards. 

The council-run awards celebrate a range of heroes across Aberdeenshire. For many of us there will be someone who instantly springs to mind as fitting of an award.

People who, without asking, give their energy and enthusiasm, and that most precious commodity, their time, to support projects, communities, and causes.

The nominations opened today (21 Feb until end of the day on 31st March) and there are eight categories against which you can nominate. The full list of categories is below along with a short description of each.

After three years of hosting the awards exclusively online, the ceremony will be returning to a fully in-person celebration in September this year. The ceremony will continue to be filmed so that the wider Aberdeenshire community can enjoy the finalists’ stories and local performances.

Provost of Aberdeenshire, Cllr Judy Whyte, said: “If you know of someone in your community who you know makes a difference and deserves recognition, nominating them for an Inspiring Aberdeenshire Award is a fantastic way to show your appreciation for the work they do. These awards are a brilliant opportunity to celebrate these people and the outstanding commitment to their causes.”

To nominate, please visit:

The categories are:

Heart of Aberdeenshire caring award
Awarded to a person who has had a significant positive impact on the life(s) of a vulnerable person(s). Nominees will care for others, either through the course of their employment, for a family member or as a volunteer carer.

Inspirational Volunteer award
Awarded to an individual or group who have gone the extra mile by volunteering for a local initiative that makes a difference to the lives of others or communities.

Local Hero courage award Awarded to an individual who in the face of adversity has shown courage, bravery and dedication to helping to overcome a difficult situation.

Beautiful Aberdeenshire environmental award
Awarded to an individual or group who is working hard to help nurture and enhance our area’s natural beauty through environmental initiatives.

Community Spirit award
Awarded to an individual or group who have supported a cause or project which helps to foster a spirited, embracing and vibrant local community.

Cultural award
Awarded to an individual or community group who has made an excellent contribution to the promotion of local culture in Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeenshire’s Future award
Awarded to a young individual (under 25) who has shown great leadership and helped to inspire and motivate others in support of a local cause.

Lifetime achievement award
This award will be presented to an individual who over the course of a number of years has made an outstanding contribution to a local cause, project or initiative, and is a true inspiration to others across Aberdeenshire.

Nominations will stay open until 31 March 2023.