Opportunity for young people to get their COVID-19 Volunteering Hours formally recognised

With the deadline for applications approaching, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) are eager to ensure young people don’t miss out on getting their COVID-19 volunteering hours formally recognised through Saltire Awards.

The Saltire Awards are a national initiative, recognised and supported by the Scottish Government. Saltire celebrates, recognises and rewards the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers between the age of 12-25 in Scotland.

With the huge response to helping their communities during COVID-19, young people have the opportunity to claim for up to 100 hours of any ‘informal’ volunteering they have undertaken which is directly related to the COVID-19 crisis during March 2020 to 31st August 2020. The deadline for claiming for hours is 31st October 2020.

Stirling Council leader, Councillor Scott Farmer, said: “We want to see the great efforts the young people of Stirling have made, and continue to make, in helping their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic be rewarded. Our young volunteers, many of whom may not have volunteered before, made a huge contribution in a variety of ways, be it helping neighbours, people self-isolating or lending a hand to local aid groups. These are challenging times, and young people have played a huge role in the way our communities have responded, making it important that their commitment is celebrated.”

Deputy Leader Councillor Danny Gibson said: “I would urge Stirling’s young people to come forward and get their COVID-19 volunteering hours formally recognised through the Saltire Awards. To give up so much of their time to selflessly volunteer in the community is to be greatly admired. Not only will they have helped their communities, they will also have developed many skills that will benefit them in later life, and we are proud of the work they have done.”

Lucy Yates, 16 from Dunblane, has been volunteering since 2019 at the Braeport Memory Cafe and more recently delivering soup and writing letters of kindness during Covid-19. “When Covid started, I felt I really wanted to help, but didn’t know how. I started delivering soup with my mum to people who were shielding and then started writing letters to give them something to read and to feel part of the outside world. I would tell them about my studies, my family, my dog walks and include photos etc. I loved when I got letters back. It actually made me really happy to find out about their lives pre and during Covid. I felt a real sense of purpose, connecting with the elderly increasing my social and writing skills, further developing my empathy and truly understanding what my community meant to me.”

Saltire Awards allow young people to gain nationally recognised certificates which are signed by Scottish Government Ministers.

Any young people wishing to claim for their COVID-19 related volunteering hours, or any other Saltire Awards queries should contact Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise in the first instance by email info@sventerprise.org.uk or call 01786 430000

You can follow the latest updates on Saltire Awards via our twitter page @StirSaltire





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