Offer 9: Youth Volunteering
The Saltire Awards Program is a National Recognition award for young people between the ages of 12 to 25 involved in Voluntary Work within Scotland.
The programme is split into four different categories as follows:
The Challenge (12-25yr olds)
Challenges are aimed more at one-off opportunities, such as cleaning a lake/beach etc. to give an insight into what it’s like to volunteer as part of a group.
The Approach (12-15yr olds)
The Approach is basically the route into individual volunteering, helping individuals understand what volunteering is, what you can do as a volunteer and how it benefits you as a person. Not only will you learn about all these aspects of Volunteering but you will be rewarded for your efforts too, as The Approach offers awards for 10 and 25hrs completed hours.
The Ascent (14-25yr olds)
The main focus of the Ascent is gaining those key skills and experience that are often required to help get a job. Uniquely, it’s a ‘Pathway’ to guide you through your ‘Ascent’. All skills and experience gained will be kept in a record to help keep track of personal development and awareness and understanding of how your personal involvement benefits others.
The Ascent encourages volunteers to focus on the following, using an online journal on the Saltire website:
- Why do they want to volunteer?
- What can they bring to the placement?
- What they hope to gain from it?
- Who will benefit and how?
Ascent Certificates are awarded after 50, 100, 200 and even 500hrs of completed voluntary hours. Young people reaching these hours will also receive Young Scot Rewards points.
The Summit (16-25yr olds)
As the name suggests, The Summit is the pinnacle of the Saltire Awards and will only be achieved by those who have not only completed the "Ascent" but have exceeded expectations.
There is a maximum of 12 recipients per year for this award in each local authority area.
Volunteers may be nominated for a "Summit" award by the Organisation(s) they volunteer for, their school, college, university or the Saltire Development Worker. The nominations are then peer assessed by a panel of Saltire Ambassadors who merit the award.
The local Saltire Development Worker, who will not be permitted to influence the decision, facilitates the panel.
The Saltire Awards aim to deliver a programme designed for young people by young people. Young people who have achieved the "Ascent" will be invited to become Saltire Ambassadors.
Ambassadors will be involved in the Saltire Awards on every level from promotional and publicity activities through to decision making roles on the Summit Award panel as well as advisory groups and committees. Full training and support for these roles will be provided giving Ambassadors the opportunity to further develop and build their skills.
For more information on Saltire Awards and to Register with them, please visit the following link: www.saltireawards.org.uk