Youth Volunteering

Youth Volunteering

Volunteering is a fantastic way to make your mark on a cause that you care about and learn new things along the way. 

There really is a volunteering opportunity for everyone; whether sport or music is your thing, if you want to travel far and wide or help out closer to home, there will be an opportunity that’s just right for you.

Search here for your next volunteering opportunity.

Saltire Awards

If you are aged 12 – 25, you can gain a Saltire Award while volunteering.

Whether you are already volunteering or just thinking about it, The Saltire Awards are for you!

Try out volunteering by taking part in a team challenge or start learning new skills with the Saltire Approach.

With our easy to use website you can record and track your hours and learning gained through your volunteering placement so your experiences will always be there when you need them.

Not only does it look great on your CV but you can also earn Young Scot Reward Points which could entitle you to some fantastic prizes.

Register for Saltire Awards today to start your own ‘My Saltire’ account.

This will allow you to record your volunteering and claim certificates. Register here for the Saltire Awards.

Want to speak to a real person about Saltire Awards? Contact us.

About Saltire

Saltire Awards is the Scottish Governments national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward 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.

Saltire Awards helps young volunteers to reflect on, capture and communicate their learning and development gained through their volunteering.

There are four milestones to the Awards designed to help you celebrate your volunteering journey. The Challenge; The Ascent; The Approach; The Summit.

Who is it for?

Saltire Awards is for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 and who are volunteering for the benefit of the community or a good cause.

Saltire Awards recognises 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. Outwith reasonable expenses there must be no financial transaction to encourage someone to volunteer.
  • It is a public and civil good undertaken for the benefit of the community, society at large or an individual other than the volunteer.

The Saltire Awards are split in to four sections –

  • The Challenge: Saltire Challenges are set up by voluntary organisations, schools and youth development workers. A challenge normally consists of a day’s worth of volunteering taking part in activities such as beach clean ups, gardening projects, regeneration projects and loads more. After completing a Saltire Challenge you will be issued with a Saltire Challenge certificate. Volunteering hours from a Saltire Challenge can be used towards either the Approach or the Ascent awards. The Approach, The Ascent and The Summit and achievement is recognised in the form of Saltire Award certificates and Young Scot reward points.
  • The Approach: The Approach is designed to introduce you to more regular volunteering in manageable chunks. It gives you the chance to choose where you would like to volunteer and it helps you to find out what type of volunteering you’re interested in. Through your placements you can discover what your skills and strengths are. You’ll receive a certificate for completing 10 and 25 hours of volunteering as well as Young Scot Reward Points.
  • The Ascent: While you are making a more sustained contribution to volunteering, you will need to keep track of all the volunteering hours you do. When your total volunteering hours reach 50, 100, 200 or 500 hours you can claim an Ascent Award.
  • The Summit is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering. It is awarded to recognise those who have not only completed 200 hours but have exceeded expectations. Volunteers must be nominated for the Award by the organisation they volunteer with, their school, college or local development worker.

Organisations in Scotland who involve youth volunteers can become a Saltire Awards organisation

Celebrate and recognise the contribution of your young volunteers and help them get Saltire Awards certificates for the volunteering they do.

Find out more about the Saltire Awards here

It’s easy to take part. Volunteer Centre Western Isles can support you to be part of the Saltire awards by supporting young people who volunteer with you to get certificates their volunteering.

Contact us for more information

Callanish Award – Under 12’s

If you or someone you know is too young to take part in the Saltire Awards the Callanish Award is designed for you. Callanish Awards which can be earned through participation in a group volunteering day. A young person can do more than one Callanish award, but only one a year.

Youth groups/clubs /schools can claim an award for their participants using one form. Volunteering needs to be undertaken outside of school hours and own free will.

If you think you may be eligible of wish to find out more please get in touch with your local office of the Volunteer Centre. [Link to contact]

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