Saltire Awards are volunteer recognition awards for young people between the age of 12 and 25. They come in different categories as described below but to find out more information please contact your local TSI Partner office.

Saltire Challenge
This is a great way to start volunteering as a Saltire Challenge award is for one-off team events which let you get a taste while making a real difference to your community.  You can make up a team with a group of your friends or classmates or join a team already organised in your local area. It’s a good chance to build your team-working skills and have a really fun time.
How it works –
Saltire Challenges are set up by voluntary organisations, schools and youth development workers. A challenge normally consists of a day’s worth of volunteering taking part in activities such as beach clean ups, gardening projects, regeneration projects and loads more. After completing a Saltire Challenge you will be issued with a Saltire Challenge certificate. Volunteering hours from a Saltire Challenge can be used towards either the Approach or the Ascent awards.

Saltire Approach
The Approach is designed to introduce you to more regular volunteering in manageable chunks. It gives you the chance to choose where you would like to volunteer and it helps you to find out what type of volunteering you’re interested in. Through your placements you can discover what your skills and strengths are. You’ll receive a certificate for completing 10 and 25 hours of volunteering as well as Young Scot Reward Points.
How it Works –
When you start volunteering with either with a voluntary organisation or with your school, you will be asked to log your hours. You can do this either by submitting your hours online via My Saltire or keeping a record with a time sheet which the organisation will complete for you. Once you have reached the 10 hour milestone you can choose to carry on and work towards your 25 hour award. The awards will be issued by your local Saltire Delivery Office either by post or at a award ceremony

Saltire Ascent 
Are you ready to make a longer commitment to volunteering? You can further develop your skills and strengths through your placements and record your achievements in your Journal through the Saltire website. There’s space in the Journal to enter any training, new skills you’ve learnt and referees for application forms and you can also set yourself goals in the Pathway section. You’ll get your certificate and Young Scot Reward Points for completing 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering.
How it works –
While you are making a more sustained contribution to volunteering, you will need to keep track of all the volunteering hours you do. You can achieve this either by submitting your hours online via My Saltire on the Saltire website or by keeping record of your hours on a Saltire Timesheet which the organisation shall provide for you. When your total volunteering hours reach 50, 100, 200 or 500 hours you can claim for your certificate via My Saltire or send the completed Saltire Timesheet into your Local TSI Partner office. The awards will be issued by them, either by post or at an award ceremony.

Saltire Summit Awards
Summit Awards are peer recognition awards presented to individuals who are recognised for outstanding voluntary contributions.  Usually this will include more than 200 hours of volunteering but the panel will consider personal circumstances when awarding the Summit.
How it works –
Nominations will open in Highland once a year and a young person can be nominated from an organisation, the local TSI Partner or a school.

Saltire Ambassador Panel 
The Saltire Ambassador Panel are a panel of outstanding young people with significant experience of volunteering.  They form the judging panel for the Summit awards and act as ambassadors for youth volunteering and the Saltire recognition.
For more information on the Saltire Awards Scheme, please contact Gail Duff on 01463 711393