If you are a volunteer aged between 12 and 25, why not get an award for your voluntary work?
The Saltire Awards were launched on 1st April 2012 after a year’s pilot in 7 local authority areas East Renfrewshire being one, They are the Scottish Government’s new recognition programme for young people volunteering between the ages of 12 and 25.
The Saltire Awards replace the MV Awards programme.
Any young person can progress through the various stages of the awards but also has the option to enter and exit the programme at any level.
The Saltire Awards also dovetail neatly into the 4 key objectives of Curriculum for Excellence as they will enable young people to develop their capacities through volunteering as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
The 4 sections to the Awards are as follows:
A certificate for a one off event
Completing 10 and 25 hours volunteering.
Completing 50,100,200,500 hours of volunteering.
Nominations from organisations for young people who made an outstanding contribution.
Volunteers will be presented with a Saltire Award certificate on completion of each level. The Saltire Awards are flexible making it accessible to young people regardless of ability, personal circumstances and lifestyles.
Those who have completed the Ascent will then be invited to become Saltire Ambassadors. Ambassadors will be involved in the Saltire Award at every level from promotional and publicity activities through to decision-making roles on the Summit Award panel.
How to Register:
Visit the website www.saltireawards.org.uk to find out more on how your organisation or school can register themselves and their young people to the Saltire Awards and then request a certification at the appropriate achievement stages of the Award.
Young Scot Reward Points:
Young people can also earn Young Scot Reward Points on their journey through volunteering and achieving their certificated Saltire Award hours of 10, 25, 50, 100 and 200 hours which could entitle them to some fantastic prizes. Keep up-to-date with the Saltire Awards website for information on how to claim.