SALTIRE – Youth Volunteering
Whether you are already volunteering or just thinking about it, Saltire Awards are for you! If you are aged between 12 and 25 you will be eligible to take part.
About SALTIRE – Youth Volunteering
Whether you are already volunteering or just thinking about it, Saltire Awards are for you! If you are aged between 12 and 25 you will be eligible to take part and get recognition for your volunteering with certificates signed by a Scottish Government Minister.
Firstly you could 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.
Volunteering is a great way to learn loads of new skills and at the same time help your local community. Whether you’re looking for skills and experience for your CV, applying to college, or just want something to do in your spare time, volunteering is an ideal solution. There are lots of opportunities such as volunteering with animals, getting stuck in at a youth club, or helping out at your local charity shop.
The four main sections to the Saltire Awards are:
- The Challenge – designed to recognise people who experience volunteering as part of a group.
- The Approach – designed to recognise individuals as they begin their volunteering journey, with awards for 10 and 25 hours of volunteering.
- The Ascent – designed for young people who make a commitment to volunteering with certificates of completion at 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours.
- The Summit – for exceptional young people who have already achieved the 200 hour Ascent Saltire Award and who have been nominated by the organisation they volunteer with because they have gone above and beyond expectations. Only 12 Summit Awards are given annually in Dundee.
Register for Saltire Awards
- Register your organisation for Saltire Awards – visit www.saltireawards.scot and click on My Saltire button. Scroll down and request approval for a Group Administrator account. You will be asked to provide some details of your organisation. We verify this and then you are able to use the website to create certificates for your volunteers.
- We will send your organisation a Welcome Pack with all the information about Saltire and some useful forms.
- Keep a note of your volunteers’ hours through their timesheet – the Welcome Pack provides one for you but maybe you have one already. This really helps keep track of when your volunteers are ready to claim their certificates
- Create certificates using the Saltire Awards website! Once your volunteers have completed the milestones for certificates (which are 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 hours) you can create Saltire certificates for them. Here is a video tutorial on how to do this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6yWSYTD0T8
- Celebrate your volunteer’s achievements! Achieving the Saltire Awards is a big deal and something you should truly celebrate with your young volunteers! Maybe put on a celebration or awards event to recognise them for all their hard work!
Individual Young People
If your organisation is registered for Saltire ask them to get you to complete the steps above. If not, here is how you can claim your Saltire Awards yourself!
- Access the Saltire website at www.saltireawards.scot and click the My Saltire button.
- Sign up for a free account and complete the online registration form.
- Access your account
- Put in the organisation(s) you volunteer with through the Volunteering
- Start recording your hours
- When you reach your certificate milestones (which are 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 hours) an email will automatically be sent from the website to your Volunteer Coordinator asking them to verify your hours. Once this is done, you will be able to download and print your new certificate in recognition of your volunteering.
- Celebrate you achievement!
DVVA Youth Volunteering Programme is committed to highlighting the value in volunteering, the opportunities it offers to young people, from enjoyment to skills building, and the overall positive impact on society.
The Programme keeps up to date with local volunteering opportunities and promotes them widely, as well as individual and group work to find interesting roles and ones that are a good fit with what young people are keen on. By working in secondary schools and colleges, universities and with other youth groups, we aim to give better understanding of volunteering to young people, ages 12 to 25.
The importance of Youth Volunteering is more predominant than ever before, and to ensure that inclusive and supportive volunteering opportunities are offered, the Programme also supports Youth Volunteering organisations in providing quality volunteer experiences. When it is safe to do so, we will be continuing our intergenerational project FLASHBACK and we aim to bring back our Youth Ambassador movement to schools across Dundee.
This is Youth led so it’s an exciting opportunity for groups to work together on an idea they are passionate about, and we offer the support all the way through. Every Youth Volunteer who gets involved has the opportunity to achieve an accredited award through their role, such as Saltire Awards and Hi5, which are nationally recognised awards.
Youth volunteering is a great way to add new skills to a CV, boost confidence in working with a range of people and as part of a team. It can also be a way of looking at potential careers within specific areas.
This is an important and exciting time to become a volunteer! For further information please contact Zach Isabella, Youth Volunteering Development Worker, on 07376 431146 or [email protected].