Continuing to focus on Volunteers, find out more about an inspirational programme for young volunteers…
This award is available for young people from Primary School up to the age of 15 years. Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action’s role is to support schools in the local development of the award, and they will provide administrative support to facilitate the recording of pupil’s achievements and issuing certificates.
The Saltire Award is a national programme for young people between 12 and 25 years old designed to recognise achievements in volunteering and has been administered by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action since early 2012.
There are 4 sections to the awards, Challenge, Approach, Ascent and Summit
The Award is designed to give young people an experience of volunteering as part of a team and is the ideal introduction to volunteering for young volunteers and is about discovering more about themselves, others and the community. It is designed to encourage a regular commitment to volunteering but in realistic, bit sized chunks.
The Challenge (12-15) is a one off volunteering event designed to give young people an experience of volunteering as part of a team. They can choose to participate in a pre-arranged session or be supported to develop their own Challenge.
The Approach (12-14) is the ideal introduction to volunteering for young volunteers and is about discovering more about themselves, others and the community. It is designed to encourage a regular commitment to volunteering but in realistic, bit sized chunks with certificates presented to recognise successful completion of 10 and 25 hours of volunteering.
The Ascent (14-25) is a volunteering journey recording skills and experience gained along the way, with emphasis on making a commitment to volunteering and achievement through personal development and learning. Young people are recognised on the successful completion of 50,100 and 200 hours.
The Summit Award (16-25) is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering and awarded to those who have exceeded expectations. Volunteers must be nominated for the Award. The nominations are peer assessed by a panel of Saltire Ambassadors.
Saltire Ambassadors are young people who have completed the Ascent who will be invited to become Saltire Ambassadors. They will be involved in the Saltire Award on every level from promotional and publicity activities through to decision making roles on the Summit Award panel
The Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award recognises the valuable contribution that volunteers make to communities.
If you have a volunteer who has given their time for a number of years you can nominate them for an award. The awards recognise individual commitment for 5, 10 and 15 years and for 20 years or more there is a Lifetime Volunteering Achievement Award
For more details about any of the above awards or to register for any of them then contact the Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action , telephone 01330 825794, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.avashire.org.uk