Can I Be Recognised for My Volunteering Efforts?

Find out about award programmes that will recognise your volunteering achievements.

We know that getting awards isn't why people volunteer, but there are ways that you can get recognised for any volunteering that you do! Awards can help you keep track of what you've been up to, plus it will look good on your CV when you are applying for a job in the future!

There are lots of different awards schemes that you can join in.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may not currently be able to volunteer in all the ways we've suggested. However, now is a great time to start planning your next volunteer opportunity.

Dynamic Youth Awards:

Are you aged between 10 and 14 years old? Do you enjoy a challenge? Well, the Dynamic Youth Awards could be just what you are looking for.

To do the Dynamic Youth Awards you have to plan, do and review an activity that you and your team have set up. You then fill in a Dynamic Youth Awards challenge sheet which is broken up into four areas.

You could plan an event to bring young people together, or organise trips for groups of other young people. Once you finish and pass your assessment, you get an award!

For more information speak to a teacher or youth worker and get them to visit the Dynamic Youth Awards website because you need to be part of a registered group (this is easy to set up!).

Youth Achievement Awards:

The Youth Achievement Awards are for young people aged 14+ and provides an opportunity for young people to develop the four Curriculum for Excellence capacities; successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens.

To get started you firstly need to form an Award Group. This group approves all the challenges (called peer assessment), as well as review and award challenge certificates.

There are four main rewards that you can do:

Bronze - it's about young people taking part.

Silver - young people helping/sharing responsibility with others.

Gold - young people show they can organise things.

Platinum - young people do training and lead on a project.

There are lots of councils and voluntary organisations that offer these awards so it's worth asking your school or youth project. There's more info on the Youth Scotland website.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award:

You might have already heard about The Duke of Edinburgh's Award! It's for young people aged 14-25 and is programme of activities for you to do in your spare time.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has three different levels:

Bronze (you need to be aged 14+)

Silver (you need to be aged 15+)

Gold (you need to be aged 16+)

You have to do the awards in order starting from Bronze - Silver - Gold. That's the rules!

The main parts to the award are:

Service - giving something back to your community e.g. picking up litter.

Skills - this could be anything really from dress making, cookery, filming studies.

Recreation - this could be a sport you already play or an activity you want to take up.

Expedition - trip where you camp overnight and fend for yourself.

Residential Project - (for Gold Awards only)

You need an adult volunteer group leader (usually a teacher or adult instructor) who can share their skills, enthusiasm and organising abilities. Most of all they will make sure that you are safe at all times!

If you are keen to get going then ask at your school or in your youth project to see if they offer it.

For more information on the award visit the Duke of Edinburgh website.

Saltire Awards:

Saltire Awards is the Scottish Governments national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, and recognise the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25.

Young people gain nationally recognised certificates, signed by Scottish Government Ministers, for the different amounts of volunteering they do.

There are four sections to the Awards designed to help you celebrate your volunteering journey.

Challenge - a one-off team event that will give you an idea of what volunteering might be like.

Approach - to help you get the feel of what it's like to volunteer more regularly. You can get a certificate for 10 or 25 hours of volunteering.

Ascent - this is all about long term volunteering. Certificates are awarded for 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering.

Summit - for volunteering above and beyond expectations - this Award is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering.

Don’t miss out – check out the Saltire Awards website for more information about how to take part.Taking part will look great on your CV and you can earn Young Scot Rewards points which will earn you some great prizes!

Oh and also… it’s FREE!

Caught the volunteering bug and want to volunteer here at Young Scot? Check out our Get Involved page.