Saltire Award

Saltire Awards are the Scottish Governments national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland aged between 12-25. To date 96 young people from Motherwell have completed this award with another 50 hoping to gain their award during this Year of Young People.

There are four sections to the Awards designed to help you celebrate your volunteering journey.

Within these there are 8 volunteering milestones that you can get certificates for:

Let us know if you do any volunteering outside of school by filling in the Volunteer Registration and timesheet below and handing in to Linda McGurk.

Examples could be;

  • Peer Literacy Tutoring
  • Inter-generational work in the community
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Forgewood Community Cafe



 challenge award logo blue THE CHALLENGE: 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.


 approach logo green THE APPROACH: 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.                       


 ascent logo orange THE ASCENT: 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.


 summit logo purple THE SUMMIT: 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).
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