Scottish Borders Inspire Awards 2023

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Nominations Now Open

The Inspire Awards Leadership Team are delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the Scottish Borders Inspire Awards.

The Scottish Borders Inspire Awards will recognise and appreciate the positive impact and outstanding contributions of young people in the Scottish Borders through volunteering, community activism, and social action. We know now that young people are making a wide variety of amazing contributions and we believe this needs to be celebrated! We also want to celebrate young people who have made personal achievements, by overcoming adversity and building resilience.

The 2023 Scottish Borders Inspire Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 9th November at Ednam House Hotel, Kelso.

Do you know a young person or youth group you think should be celebrated? It’s time to nominate them!

Find out how!

We have chosen 13 award categories – can you think of someone who has these qualities or skills.

Community Hero

A young person who is making an outstanding contribution to their community through volunteering. This person will have chosen to give their time to change the lives of others for the better.

Young Performer

A young person who is contributing to the community through the performing arts. This may be an exceptionally talented performer, or someone who is supporting others to gain performance skills.

Young Creator

A young person who is creating outstanding pieces of art, technology, or content. An innovator with exciting creative ideas and skills for the future.

Business Brain

A young person who is contributing to the community through business. This could be young entrepreneur who is developing their own business, someone providing skills development opportunities for others, or who’s business is creating positive social impact.

Good Sport

A young person who is challenging themself through sport. This person will demonstrate dedication, hard work and be a positive ambassador for their sporting activity. They may also be supporting other young people to take part and learn new skills.

Eco Icon

A young person who is taking steps to battle the global climate crisis. Their work will be sustainable and contribute to making the Scottish Borders a greener, more eco-friendly community.

Helping Hand

A young person who has gone above and beyond to support and advocate for others. This person will be passionate about equality, justice and making a difference.

Amazing Attitude

A young person who has shown amazing resilience by overcoming personal challenges and continuing to grow.

Rising Star

A Junior young person (aged 12 or under) who is doing something outstanding. One to watch for the future! (Please note that young people under 12 can also be nominated in all other categories!)

Exceptional Achievement

A young person who has/ is doing something exceptional, either in their own personal development or for others. A true inspiration.

Young Peoples Champion

Someone doing exceptional work to support young people learn new skills, grow in confidence and gain opportunities. This may be in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Team Effort

A group of young people who are working together to do something positive in the community. This does not need to be an official organisation.

Community Youth Provision

A Scottish Borders youth provision that provides exceptional youth interventions to young people in the community, e.g. arts, sports, youth services, uniformed groups etc.

If so, make a nomination today!

Nominations close Monday 25th of September at 9am. Don’t miss out!

If you have any questions or require support completing your nomination, please feel free to contact Sarah Blackie: Youth Development Worker at YouthBorders.

Mobile: 07598 165268

Alternatively, contact Carly McAllan: Project and Partnerships Co-ordinator at YouthBorders.


We look forward to receiving your nominations!

The Inspire Awards Leadership Team.

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Ways for Stakeholders to Engage

We are committed to building on the Inspire partnership by drawing together and connecting with new strategic partners.

With support from organisations through sponsorships, donations, in-kind support such as knowledge, skills, or time, we will be able to successfully deliver the Inspire Awards for future years and continue celebrating our young people.

All stakeholders can make a rewarding and valuable contribution to the Inspire Awards. Such as:

On behalf of the Scottish Borders Leadership Team, we thank you in advance for your contribution and support towards the Inspire Awards.

For more information on the Inspire Awards and how to get involved, please contact Sarah at YouthBorders: .