There are a number of ways to receive accreditation for your volunteering. Most national schemes are aimed at young people but we believe in the benefit of volunteering for all ages and have developed a range of local awards which recognise volunteering affort in all ages. We also run a bi-annual award ceremony which celebrates the effort of both volunteers and voluntary organisations locally.

Saltire Awards for 12-25yr olds

The Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering to voluntary organisations.Supported by the Scottish Government the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements.

The Awards are split in to four sections -

  • The Challenge: Saltire Challenges are set up by voluntary organisations, schools and youth development workers. A challenge normally consists of a day's worth of volunteering taking part in activities such as beach clean ups, gardening projects, regeneration projects and loads more. After completing a Saltire Challenge you will be issued with a Saltire Challenge certificate. Volunteering hours from a Saltire Challenge can be used towards either the Approach or the Ascent awards. The Approach, The Ascent and The Summit and achievement is recognised in the form of Saltire Award certificates and Young Scot reward points.
  • The approach: The Approach is designed to introduce you to more regular volunteering in manageable chunks. It gives you the chance to choose where you would like to volunteer and it helps you to find out what type of volunteering you're interested in. Through your placements you can discover what your skills and strengths are. You'll receive a certificate for completing 10 and 25 hours of volunteering as well as Young Scot Reward Points.
  • The ascent:While you are making a more sustained contribution to volunteering, you will need to keep track of all the volunteering hours you do. When your total volunteering hours reach 50, 100, 200 or 500 hours you can claim an Ascent Award.
  • The Summit is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering. It is awarded to recognise those who have not only completed 200 hours but have exceeded expectations. Volunteers must be nominated for the Award by the organisation they volunteer with, their school, college or local development worker.

Please note that from April 2012 the Saltire Award has replaced the MV Award. if you are part way through your MV award please contact a member of staff at the Volunteer Centre.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE Award covers 4 key areas of development one of which is volunteering. Record numbers of young people started their DofE last year. 218,806 young people started a DofE programme in the year 2012-13. 6,906 more than started last year, an increase of 3%! Currently over 300,000 young people are doing their DofE each year! The Volunteer centre is not directly involved in the delivery of the DofE but you can find further information on how to sign uo on the Western Isles Council website.

Callanish Award

If you or someone you know is too young to take part in the Salltire Awards the Callanish Award is designed for you. Callanish Awards which can be earned through participation in a group volunteering day. A young person can do more than one callanish, but only one a year.

Youth groups/clubs /schools can claim an award for their participants using one form. Volunteering needs to be undertaken outside of school hours and own free will.

If you think you may be eligable of wish to find out more please get in touch with your local office of the Volunteer Centre.

Clisham and Kisimul Awards

If you or someone you know is too mature to qualify for the saltire award the Kisimul award or Clisham award are designed for you. An organisation can request a Kisimul for any of their regular volunteers or for a volunteer who has participatd in a one off volunteering event. The Clisham has been developed to recognise an outstanding volunteering contribution for long term commitment. An organisation can request a Clisham for any of their volunteers who have made a long term or high input commitment.

Applications can be made at any time. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the links on the right.  If you think your volunteers may be eligible or wish to find out more please get in touch with your local office of the Volunteer Centre.

Bi-Annual Nominated Awards

Every 2 years the VCWI invites volunteers and organisations to nominate worthy recipients for a range of awards. Awards are presented at a ceremony as part of our Volunteers' Week celebratons. A first prize and runner up award is awarded in the following categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year,
  • Young volunteer of the year,
  • Services to volunteering 
  • Organisation of the year.

We are now inviting nominations for our 2016 round of awards. The closing date for which is the 12th May 2016. A nomination form can be downloaded from the link on the right.