Young Volunteers

Think volunteering is too geeky or that you’re too busy to fit it in, or even think that organisations aren’t looking for you – THINK AGAIN!

There are over 400 opportunities in Aberdeen in almost everything from sport, children, older people, community centres, arts and crafts, clubs and societies or prefect duties and so much more…

Without volunteers a lot of these great things wouldn’t be happening across the city but it’s also a two way thing:

When you volunteer, as well as providing valuable time to an organisation, you’ll soon find that YOU have lots to gain too.

These are just some of the ways you can benefit…..

  • It’s a great addition to your CV
  • You could build your confidence & self-esteem
  • Gain friends & have fun
  • Try something different & gain valuable experience
  • Feel part of your local community
  • Get a chance to express yourself and your ideas
  • Help you enter college or university
  • Take advantage of training opportunities
  • Help you change direction & learn new skills

Saltire Awards

Are you aged between12-25 years?

The great news is that you can now get recognition for any volunteering you are involved in/undertake.

Through registering and logging your volunteering hours with the Saltire Awards you will receive certificates endorsed by the Scottish Government for volunteering. Saltire Awards are available for undertaking:

  • Challenge: This is a one-off team event that will give an idea of what volunteering might be like. Saltire Challenges are set up by voluntary organisations, schools and youth groups and can include taking part in activities such as beach clean ups, gardening projects, regeneration projects, school charity days.
  • Approach: To get the feel of what it’s like to volunteer regularly. Certificates for 10 and 25 hours of volunteering.
  • Ascent: This is all about long term volunteering. Certificates are awarded for 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering.
  • Saltire Summit: is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering. It is awarded to recognise those who have not only completed the “Ascent” but have exceeded expectations.

The awards are proving very popular and are a fantastic way to gain recognition for your volunteering, a great addition to your cv, learning and personal development.