Recognising and building volunteering into learning

Saltire Awards are designed to:

Encourage and enable youth volunteering

Support learning and recognise achievements attained through volunteering

Record and monitor individual skills and personal development


Saltire Awards is a great way for young people to recognise and build volunteering into learning that they are already doing. General information about Saltire Awards is available here

The Awards correspond with the four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence; helping young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. Read our case study about Saltire Awards and Curriculum for Excellence.

Volunteering can help people learn, develop and grow through their lives and Saltire Awards further supports this:

The ‘Saltire Journal’ can be used by young people to record training, new skills and personal achievements gained through their volunteering.

‘Pathway’ (part of the Saltire Journal) encourages participants to focus on their motivations for volunteering: Why they want to volunteer? What they bring to the placement?  What they hope to gain from it?  Who will benefit & how?

The Journal is a feature of ‘My Saltire‘, an online account which young people can sign up to (FREE) to manage their Saltire Awards and track their volunteering.

My Saltire can help participants in the Saltire Awards to identify learning outcomes and personal development as well as to record and evaluate their success.

Support for Schools

The Saltire Awards are delivered in each local authority area by the Third Sector Interface (TSI). Your local TSI will be able to provide support, advice and assistance on involving young volunteers from your school. Find your local TSI here

Helpful resources

We’ve provided a range of tools and forms to help you support young volunteers from your school

Help pupils to organise a Saltire Challenge event using our Challenge toolkit

Use our promotional resources to help you publicise Saltire Awards to your pupils

Find these on our resources page here

Other Youth Awards

There are a range of other youth awards in Scotland e.g. Youth Achievement Awards. Many of these also recognise, support and enable (wholly or partly) young people contributing to others, to their community and to society through volunteering.

Volunteering undertaken by young people within other award schemes can also be counted towards the Saltire Awards.

Saltire Awards is part of the Awards Network





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