Saltire Awards



The Saltire Awards is a national recognition scheme, supported and endorsed by The Scottish Government.  The Awards celebrate and reward the commitment and contribution of young people, aged between 12 and 25 years old, who volunteer.

Saltire certificates are awarded for the volunteering you do.  Each certificate you receive will be endorsed by The Scottish Government and signed by a Scottish Government Minister.

What’s more, with every certificate you get awarded, you will receive Young Scot Reward Points which you can exchange for some exciting prizes.

If you are currently volunteering you could well be on your way to achieving some of the Awards.  Just sign up for the Awards at  to start counting your volunteering hours and requesting your certificates.  If you are not volunteering, you can start your volunteering  journey by searching for an opportunity here.

So, whether you volunteer in the community, with a charity,  in school or with a youth group, the Saltire Awards recognise you and your volunteering.

There are four sections to the Awards, these are designed to help you celebrate your volunteering journey:



This is a great way to start your volunteering journey. Volunteer in a one-off team event to see if its for you and make a real difference in your community. Start a team with your friends or classmates or join a team which is already organised. This is a great opportunity to build your team-building skills, have fun and you will get your certificate for taking part.





Ready to give volunteering a go or are already volunteering?  The Approach gives you recognition for the regular volunteering you do in your community.  You choose the project and fit it around your needs.  You will find out more about your strengths and skills and receive certificates for 10 and 25 hours of volunteering.






Take volunteering to the next level.  Develop your skill and strengths through your volunteering and make a longer contribution to volunteering.  You can record your achievements, skills, training and certificates in your online journal, keeping them handy for college, university or work applications. You will receive certificates for 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering.






Volunteering over and above expectations? The Summit Award is for outstanding contributions for volunteering.  It is awarded to those who have achieved 200 hours of volunteering and exceeded expectations.  Volunteers are nominated for this Award by the organisation, community group, school or youth group they are volunteering with.






If you achieve The Ascent you could become a Saltire Ambassador.  Ambassadors have the opportunity to develop their skills through being involved in all aspects of the Saltire Awards; from promotional and publicity activities to helping make decisions about Summit nominations.  This is an exciting and diverse role to become involved and inspire other young people to get involved with volunteering.

The awards are flexible and designed to suit your needs.  You can progress through the award sections n turn and enter and exit at any stage you wish.

Start your volunteering journey today at and get the recognition and rewards for you volunteering achievements.

If you would like further information or would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us.