The Saltire Award in Volunteering

Give to Get is all about recognising the volunteering efforts of young people in Renfrewshire.  Did you know that as well as Reward points, you can also be enrolled for your Saltire Award?  Read on to find out more about the Award.

Supported by the Scottish Government the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers like you 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:

  1. The Saltire Challenge
  2. The Saltire Approach
  3. The Saltire Ascent
  4. The Saltire Summit

Achievement is recognised in the form of Saltire Award certificates and Young Scot reward points through the Give to Get scheme.  So basically you can get both a Saltire Award AND Reward points (which you can exchange for some exclusive goodies on the Young Scot portal)


Engage Renfrewshire actively promotes Saltire Awards across Renfrewshire to young volunteers via schools, further education establishments, youth and community groups. Engage Renfrewshire issues the Saltire Award certificates to those young volunteers who are registered with Saltire and have established a Saltire Ambassador group to peer assess Saltire Summit nominations.

Here's a breakdown of the different levels.

1. Saltire Challenge

What a great way to start. Volunteer in a one-off team event to get a taste of volunteering and make a real difference to your community. A no strings attached event gives you the perfect opportunity to see if volunteering is for you. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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. 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

4. Summit Award

Awarded for outstanding contribution towards volunteering to recognise volunteers who have not only completed a 500 Saltire Ascent but also exceeded expectations.


In case you missed it, here is the tariff of points you can get linked to the Saltire Award levels.


Find out more

You can obtain more information on Saltire Awards by contacting:

Volunteering Section, Engage Renfrewshire  10 Falcon Crescent   Paisley   PA3 1NS


Telephone : 0141 887 7707

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Find out more about the Saltire Awards here