The winners of Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2023 have been announced.
For the first time since 2019, the awards were handed out in person at a ceremony at Meldrum House. In recent years the awards have been online. Councillors, guests, finalists and their families joined sponsors at the event, during which the winners in all eight categories were revealed, and awards handed out.
The council-run awards celebrate a range of heroes across Aberdeenshire. Now in their 11th year, residents and groups are rewarded for their work, which often get little or no other recognition.
Detail about the winner can be found below.
Speaking at the event, Provost of Aberdeenshire Cllr Judy Whyte said: “I have been involved with Inspiring Aberdeenshire for a few years now, first as a councillor watching the event, then as Provost co-hosting online. Now, to be back together in the room celebrating our finalists was special and I hope that all of the finalists felt the same. This night was for them, to celebrate all of their work. We all owe them so much gratitude, they are the people who make Aberdeenshire special.
Keep an eye on the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Facebook page for detail of when the next round of nominations will open. https://www.facebook.com/inspiringaberdeenshire
Angie Mutch, Stonehaven
These awards show us that many amazing people volunteer and give up their own time to support their communities, and Angie is an example of how one person can use their voice to advocate for others.
She is a public representative within the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and has spent five years providing advice and feedback, advocating for community views, communicating with communities and making sure the voice of the people of Aberdeenshire is heard. Her voluntary roles require hard work and dedication, and she invests a huge amount of her own time so she can provide an informed and valuable contribution across her roles.
The courage and determination shown in her commitment to this work whilst coping with her own personal challenging circumstances is an inspiration. She brings her lived experience to the partnership and is invaluable to making sure services are shaped and delivered to meet the needs of users and the unpaid carers that support them.
Angie is one of those people who makes the people she meets want to be better, a true inspiration.