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What are the Saltire Awards?
The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government’s way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25.

Young people gain nationally recognised certificates, signed by Scottish Government Ministers, for the different amounts of volunteering they do.

There are four types of Saltire Award designed to celebrate the volunteering journey of young people:

The Challenge

One-off team event

The Approach

10 and 25 hour certificates

The Ascent

100, 200 and 500 hour certificates

The Summit

For outstanding contributions
This is a great way to start. Volunteer in a one-off team event to get a taste of volunteering, see if it’s for you and make a real difference to your community. Start a team with friends or classmates or join one that’s already organised in your local area. Build your team-work skills, have a really fun time and you’ll get a certificate after taking part.

Ready to give volunteering a go? The Approach gives you the recognition for the regular volunteering you undertake whether it be in the community, with a charity, at school or part of a youth group. You choose the project and fit it around your needs. You’ll discover more about your skills and strengths and receive certificates after 10 and 25 hours of volunteering.

Taking volunteering to the next level. Develop your skills and strengths through placements and make a longer commitment to volunteering. You can record your achievements, training, new skills and certificates in your personal online journal, keeping them handy for any university, college or work applications. You can get certificates of 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours.

Volunteering above and beyond expectations! This Award is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering. It is awarded to those who have completed at least 200hrs and have exceeded expectations. A volunteer is nominated for this level of Award (e.g. by the organisation they volunteer for, their school, college or local volunteer development worker).

How do you get an Award?
Young people aged between 12 and 25 who volunteer for the benefit of a community, or a good cause can apply for an Award themselves. Create your My Saltire account now to get started.

Schools, organisations and groups can also nominate young people for an Award. Find out more or contact your local Third Sector Interface to get started.

The Saltire Awards recognise volunteering that meets the following three clear characteristics:

  • It is a free will activity. It must not be undertaken through coercion and under no circumstances can it be mandatory. 
  • It is not undertaken for financial gain. There must be no financial transaction to encourage someone to volunteer, except reasonable expenses. 
  • It is a public and civil good undertaken for the benefit of the community, society at large or an individual other than the volunteer. 
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