The Saltire Awards are a national awards programme specially designed for young volunteers aged 12-25 years old who are living and volunteering in Scotland. The Saltire Awards are supported and endorsed by the Scottish Government.
Young people can progress through stages but also can enter at any level. The award is achieved by keeping a record of the hours you give to volunteer work and may be accumulated through working in different roles with more than one organisation or group.
There are 4 sections to the Awards:
The Challenge – for volunteering as part of a team, a great way to start volunteering, this award is for a one off event for a day or part of a day.
The Approach – gives you recognition for the regular volunteering you are doing through school, in the community or as part of a youth group the award is for 10 and 25 hours of volunteering.
The Ascent – for more prolonged volunteering, you can achieve awards for; 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours.
The Summit – you can be nominated for a Summit Award when you have achieved the 200hour ascent and an organisation wishes to give you recognition for your outstanding contribution.
You might decide to volunteer to help out in your community, help get skills and experience for a job, college and university applications, or simply want to have fun with a group of friends, whatever your reasons for volunteering you can receive a Saltire Award in recognition of your volunteer work.