Syrian Teenagers awarded Saltire Challenge Award for their Volunteering!

Engage Renfrewshire were delighted to present a group of Syrian young people with Saltire Challenge Awards for their volunteering with the Environmental Training Team over the summer months.

The awards were presented by the Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Mark Macmillan. Also in attendance were Provost Anne Hall and Peter Mcleod, the Leader of Renfrewshire’s Children’s Services.

All five volunteers: Ayman Ahmad, Ahmad Ahmad, Issa Ahmad, Moataqem Andoura and Ebrahim Andora came to Scotland from Syria a year ago.

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Ayman, Ahmad, Issa, Moataqem and Ebrahim all plan to continue volunteering, as they enjoy giving back to their local community and hope to achieve the next stage of Saltire Awards in the future!


East Dunbartonshire Young Volunteer Q&A Video

East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action (EDVA) have released a video featuring young volunteers describing their volunteering stories. You can watch the video below!




Saltire Celebration Event

In partnership with Police Scotland, Engage Renfrewshire organised an evening event on 23rd March 2016 to celebrate young volunteers achieving their Saltire Awards for their outstanding commitment to volunteering. Those who received awards included:


Alan McNiven, CEO of Engage Renfrewshire, hosted the evening which proved a resounding success. The event gave achievers the opportunity to receive a Saltire Award Certificate in front of their families, friends and colleagues.

Certificates were presented by Superintendent Robert Kennedy and photographs were taken by West College Scotland students to capture the excitement of the evening. Provost Anne Hall was welcomed as a special guest. Engage Renfrewshire would like to give a special mention to PC Audrey Paul who has been instrumental, along with colleagues, in supporting Police Scotland Youth Volunteers and Special Police Constables.



A selection of images of young volunteers in Police Scotland uniforms, holding their certificates.


For more information on volunteering and the Saltire Awards in Renfrewshire, follow Engage Renfrewshire on Facebook at Volunteer Renfrewshire.


Shetland Saltire Youth Volunteering Awards 

The 4th annual Shetland Saltire youth volunteering awards took place at Mareel on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. This year 143 young volunteers aged between 12 and 25 put in certificate requests for over 300 certificates ranging from 10 to 500 hours of volunteering, received through volunteering with a record 75 local organisations, groups and schools.

The ceremony was attended by over 170 young volunteers and guests who were welcomed with Canapés, Mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) and music from the talented Shetland Heritage Fiddlers. 

The awards were officially opened by Voluntary Action Shetland Chairperson Mr Alec Miller. Mr Miller informed the crowd that volunteers receiving Saltire Awards this year have completed over 21,435 hours of volunteering in Shetland! Mr Miller told the crowd that this meant over 30% of all current high school students in Shetland are now signed up to take part in the Saltire Awards.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, a supporter of Saltire and youth volunteering in Shetland, presented the certificates to the 71 young volunteers in attendance. At the end of the ceremony 20 young volunteers were also issued with the highest Saltire Award, the Summit Award. Event organiser, Youth Volunteer Development Worker for Voluntary Action Shetland, Neil Pearson, said:

“Congratulations to all young volunteers who received their awards this year. I am delighted to see so many local young people taking a proactive role in their community. These young people are our future and I can say with complete honesty that I believe the future of our isles is in extremely good hands”.




All the young volunteers who achieved Saltire Awards stand onstage with their certificates, similing.

Young volunteers with their Saltire certificates.




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