What are the Saltire Awards?   

The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government's way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25.  

Saltire Award certificates are nationally recognised, signed by Scottish Government Ministers and are sent in pdf format to be saved and printed when required. A certificate can be requested when the following total number of volunteering hours has been reached:  10 / 25 / 50 / 100 / 200 / 500 

What is volunteering?  

The Saltire Awards recognise volunteering that meets the following three clear characteristics:  

It is a free will activity. This means you are doing it because you want to and 
no one is forcing you to do it. 

It is not done for financial gain. Volunteering is not a job and you cannot be 
paid; however, you may have any reasonable expenses reimbursed. 

It is for the benefit of the community, society at large or an individual. 

Why you might want to volunteer: 

Gain new skills and experience that will look great on your CV. 

Meet new people and make new friends and connections. 

Make a difference to individual people, communities and the environment.

Have fun! You will have the chance to get involved in a variety of activities 
that you may not have done before. 

Ready to get started?  

Sign up for a Saltire Awards account today to keep a note of your volunteering hours and to request your Saltire Award certificates: 

For more information on the Volunteer Registration function, please follow this link to a YouTube video which explains the process:

Saltire Awards - Volunteer Registration Tutorial

Group Administrator Account

If you a volunteer supervisor and would like to request Saltire Award certificates on behalf of your young volunteers, there is a Group Administrator function on the Saltire Award website. To sign up, please to go:


For more information on the Group Administrator function, please follow this link to a YouTube video, which explains the process:


Group & Organisation Administration Tutorial