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Youth Volunteering Award

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Youth Volunteering Award

Youth Volunteering Awards

Saltire Awards

The Saltire Awards, the Scottish Government's new youth volunteering award for 12- 25 year olds were launched across Scotland on 1 April 2012. The new awards aim to strengthen the links between volunteering and schools and increase the opportunities for young people to take part in volunteering within their local community.

The awards are designed to:

  • Encourage and enable youth volunteering
  • Support learning and recognise achievements gained through volunteering
  • Record and monitor individual skills and personal development


The Saltire Awards is made up of four key award sections. These are:

The Challenge...

This is designed as an introduction to volunteering and is undertaken as part of a team. The 'Challenge' certificate is awarded once the team of young volunteers complete the Challenge.

The Approach...

The 'Approach' is all about a young person progressing into an individual volunteering placement. The young person is supported to make a regular commitment to volunteering. Certificates are awarded at the completion of 10 and 25 hours volunteering.

The Ascent...

The 'Ascent' is about a young person making a sustained commitment to volunteering with a local organisation, school, or project. Certificates are awarded on completion of 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering.

The Summit...

The 'Summit' is the pinnacle of the Saltire Awards, and will only be achieved by those who have made an outstanding contribution to volunteering.


Saltire Ambassadors:

Young people who have achieved the ‘Ascent Award’ will be encouraged to become Saltire Ambassadors. A Saltire Ambassador helps in the delivery and development of the Awards at all stages. They undertake a variety of roles including organising promotional and celebratory events, workshops and presentations and publicity and communications e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.


To find out more about the Saltire Awards here.