In South Lanarkshire, VASLan supports, promotes and administers the Saltire Awards - volunteering awards for young people between the ages of 12 and 25.

There are four categories to the Saltire Awards:

  • Challenge Award: For those who volunteer in a one-off team event
  • Approach Award: For those who have committed at least 10 or 25 hours to volunteering, whether at school, in the community or as part of a group.
  • Ascent Award: For those who have volunteered for 50, 100, 200 or 500 hours of volunteering
  • Summit Award: A nominated award recognising an outstanding contribution to volunteering

 Young people can register for Saltire Awards, keep a note of their voulunteering and request their certificates on the Saltire Awards website.

Saltire Ambassadors

Young people who have achieved a 200 hour Ascent Award are eligible to become a Saltire Ambassador. The role of an ambassador is to:

  • Represent the Saltire Awards and youth volunteering at a local level
  • Promote the Awards and inspire other young people to get involved
  • Contribute to the development of the Saltire Awards
  • Participate in decision-making, e.g. as a summit panel member

Your tasks may involve:

  • Promotional events, workshops and presentations
  • Helping to organise Saltire “challenge” events
  • Publicity and communications e.g. website, Facebook and Twitter
  • Helping to organise award ceremonies and prepare certificates
  • Compiling case studies and image banks
  • Being a member of the Summit Panel

If you are interested, or your organisation has a volunteer who you feel would be perfect for the role, please contact VASLan’s Tina Cameron on 01698 300 390 or email