The Saltire Awards are committed to involving young volunteers in the delivery and development of the Awards at all stages. Young people who have reached 200 hour ‘Ascent’ can be encouraged to become Saltire Ambassadors. They may want to use the hours volunteered as an Ambassador to work towards the 500 hour certificate. The Third Sector Interface has responsibility for identifying and selecting potential Ambassadors as well as providing training and support for these roles.
Ambassadors are selected on the basis of their ability or potential ability 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
Ambassadors will be involved in the following Saltire Award tasks:
- Summit Panel member
- Promotional Event, Workshops & Presentations
- Helping to organise Saltire “Challenge” events
- Helping to organise Award ceremonies and prepare certificates
- Compiling case studies & image bank
Ambassadors will have the opportunity to further develop and build upon skills such as planning, organising, decision making, communication and group work skills.
Meet the Ambassadors
I’m Natalie Drysdale a sixth year student at Kyle Academy and I have recently been appointed as Saltire Ambassador. I have volunteered as an activity leader at ACE RaceRunning Club, a disability sport club for children and young adults since 2010, through which I have achieved a 200 hour Saltire Certificate. My role is to help and support the participants’ to carry out activities. I also lead small groups, organise fun race nights and act as team manager during national competitions. I enjoy volunteering as I get the opportunity to help the children who I work with to succeed whilst having fun with them as well. Volunteering is a very rewarding activity as you not only get to help your community you also get to develop your own skills and confidence.
My name is Louis McIntosh and I began volunteering with Caledonian Football Club in 2012 as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Since I started I have built a rapport with both the other coaches and the players. I have particularly enjoyed seeing the players improve and being able to give something back to the club. Last year I also began to volunteer with the South Ayrshire Active Schools meaning that I now work with a wide range of age groups in a variety of sports; this has helped by pushing me out of my comfort zone and therefore improving me as a coach. I was nominated for the Saltire ambassador role by one of my fellow coaches as he said I did more than what was expected of me at the club including planning and delivering sessions, ordering kits and registering players.
In March of 2013 I started my volunteering journey at a charity shop called ‘Sense Scotland’ in Kilmarnock as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I was supposed to stay there for only 3 months but thanks to the warm welcome I received from the fantastic manageress, I’m still there three years later. I was then nominated for the role of Saltire Ambassador. I can’t wait to continue my volunteering journey and encourage other teenagers to come and join our team.
Over the past three summer I have volunteered at a Parent and Child Programme within my local community which helped me gain my John Muir Award. I currently volunteer at the British Red Cross in an administration capacity however I will also gain my First Aid Training and Dementia awareness. I also volunteer with my schools Buddying Scheme where I give one to one support to younger pupils that are struggling both in and out of the classroom. I have applied to University where I hope to become a Mental Health Nurse. After gaining life experience I hope to further my career by joining the Police Force.
Hello, I’m Lewis Gray and I am a Saltire Ambassador. I chose to be a Saltire Ambassador as after completing my 200 hour Saltire Award I decided that the next step was to take a leadership role within Volunteering hence why I became an Ambassador. In terms of Volunteering I have completed my 200 hour volunteering through helping out at a local beaver group, a local hand in hand group for young people with additional support needs and at Voluntary Action South Ayrshire. Overall my experience of volunteering has not only made me get into university but made a me a better person.