Saltire Awards...

Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering to voluntary organisations. 
Supported by the Scottish Government, the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements provided by local and national voluntary agencies.

The Awards are split in to four sections - The Challenge, The Approach, The Ascent and The Summit and achievement is recognised in the form of Saltire Award certificates and Young Scot reward points.

Saltire Awards are designed to encourage, enable and reward youth volunteering and to make it easy for organisations to support young people to take part. By registering as an Saltire organisation you may well attract and retain more young volunteers, its a win-win situation!  

Aged 12 - 25? 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. 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.

Visit the Saltire Awards Website for more information.  


Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award (5-15 years)...

The Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award supports the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence through the development of two key capacities - responsible citizens and effective contributors 

responsible citizens with respect for others, commitment to participate, responsibility in political, economic, social and cultural life and able to develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it, understand different beliefs and cultures, make informed choices and decisions, evaluate environmental, scientific and technological issues, develop informed, ethical views of complex issues

A volunteer is someone who freely offers to do something
- you can make a real difference through volunteering.

effective contributors with an enterprising attitude, resilience and self-reliance and able to communicate in different ways and in different settingswork in partnership and in termstake the initiative and leadcreate and develop and solve problems You define what activities will qualify for inclusion in the Award. 

Remember that activities such as tidying your bedroom, caring for
your pet or getting ready for school are not volunteering activities!

Volunteering activities can be carried out at school - things such as litter picking, buddying or managing the Smartie Fund. A simple log on a volunteering timesheet allows pupils to record the time they spend on the activity.  

The volunteering timesheet is submitted to the Volunteer Centre at Inverurie, who will administer the Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award on behalf of the school, after it has been verified by a member of the teaching staff. The role of school staff is to encourage pupils to participate.
  When a pupil meets the criteria for an award the young person will receive a certificate.  This can be sent direct to the school and presented to the young person for example at school assembly.  At school the award will be specific to the year the young person is in (i.e. P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, S1, S2 and S3).  If a young person has volunteering time achieved but has yet to reach the amount that would qualify for a certificate this can be carried forward to the next school year towards the certificate for that year.  

Make a difference today and work towards your Volunteering Award

Bronze:  Completion of 10 hours
Silver: Completion of 20 hours
Gold: Completion of 30 hours
Platinum: Completion of 45+ hours

Young people who have participated said:  

“You get to help people and meet new people”
“It makes you feel good by helping people”
“The awards give you a sense of achievement”
“People think you are kind”