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The Saltire Awards

The Saltire Awards are a national awards scheme recognised by the Scottish Government for those young people aged between 12 and 25 involved in Voluntary Work within Scotland. The Saltire Awards ensure young people are getting the recognition and rewards they deserve because of their volunteering efforts in the community. These awards are delivered in Clackmannanshire by CTSI, and we are here to help you every step of the way with training, answering questions and providing video tutorials on how to navigate the new Saltire system launched in 2020.  

The Saltire Awards fit neatly with the national Curriculum for Excellence helping you to become a successful learner, confident individual, responsible citizen, and effective contributor. You also get Young Scot Reward Points with the certificates you achieve – these entitle you to some fantastic prizes. 

Recipients of Saltire Certificates are awarded based on the number of hours you have volunteered. These range from 10-hour certificates to 500 hours and beyond! 

The new Saltire system allows volunteers, and organisations (who can utilise the ‘Group Admin’ feature), to add, verify and print certificates instantly through your MySaltire account. The Saltire Awards are progressive meaning you can achieve awards over four levels: 

  • The Challenge 
  • The Approach 
  • The Ascent 
  • The Summit 

The distribution of the Summit Award differs from the others in that those Saltire registrants who have completed a minimum of 200 hours of volunteering can be nominated by their Volunteer Manager for the award. The number of Summit Awards issued in each local authority is limited to a small number each year, with up to 10 Summit Awards issued in Clackmannanshire annually. 

At CTSI we believe that a young person’s achievements cannot be measured in hours, so we focus on volunteers who have made a fantastic contribution to volunteering at any level. 

Regardless of whatever your reasons for volunteering there is a Saltire Award for you. 

Since 2020, the Saltire Awards are now all managed online, to register, please visit the new Saltire Awards  website.  If you have any difficulties, please see our  YouTube guide  or contact  

Become a Saltire Ambassador: In addition to the four levels of Saltire, you can also volunteer to help support and promote the awards, as a Saltire Ambassador! If you achieve The Ascent, you are eligible to become a Saltire Ambassador. Ambassadors can further develop their skills through being involved in all aspects of the Saltire Awards; from promotional and publicity activities to helping to make decisions about Summit Award nominations and taking part in local advisory groups.  

For Groups

As an organisation with young volunteers, the new Saltire system allows you to log and track volunteering activity using the “Group Admin” function. This means you can add, verify, and print certificates instantly. But do not panic, all volunteering hours achieved before the new system are still valid and should be automatically transferred over to your MySaltire page. If your young volunteers have their own Saltire account, a code is generated on your Group Admin page that you can provide them to link their hours back to their account, so there is no double counting or confusion! 

You do not have to use this function, but Group Administration is useful to: 

  • Manage your organisation’s certificate requests. 
  • Be able to save PDF copies of certificates – extra copies can be printed when required and can be attached to volunteer records. 
  • Straightforward way to keep track of the hours your young volunteers are dedicating to your organisation. 

If you have any questions about Group Administration, please see our handy  YouTube tutorial, or contact 

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