Celebrating and recognising the volunteering achievements of young people in Scotland

What is it?

Saltire Awards is the Scottish Governments national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward 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.

Saltire Awards helps young volunteers to reflect on, capture and communicate their learning and development gained through their volunteering.

There are four milestones to the Awards designed to help you celebrate your volunteering journey. The Challenge; The Ascent; The Approach; The Summit.

Who is it for?

Saltire Awards are for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 and who are volunteering for the benefit of the community or a good cause.

Saltire Awards recognises volunteering that meets the following three clear characteristics:

  1. It is a free will activity. It must not be undertaken through coercion and under no circumstances can it be mandatory.
  1. It is not undertaken for financial gain. Outwith reasonable expenses there must be no financial transaction to encourage someone to volunteer.
  1. It is a public and civil good undertaken for the benefit of the community, society at large or an individual other than the volunteer

As part of the ‘Smile!’ week we encourage young people aged 12+ to volunteer. Anyone who is willing to give things a go and has a genuine interest in creativity and performing arts and would like to help other young people fulfill their potential.


3Theatre and volunteering.

3Theatre is a social enterprise who gives back profits to local charity, community projects or to fund future 3Theatre projects.

You would be helping towards a great cause.

Volunteering can give experience and confidence to young people with an interest in the arts and teaching.

You can focus and develop key skills in a particular area of interest to you.

We work with your individual talents and help you to discover more.

You will be guided by experienced industry professionals

Create contacts and valuable work and creative experience

There are no course fees

You receive a certificate from YOUNG SCOT signed by a government minister should your placement be successful.



(include but not limited to)

Teaching and helping young people

Dance/ choreography

Music and musicality

Vocal technique

Acting/ Direction

Peer assessment

Stage management skills

Creating and developing ideas

Creative problem solving

Working alone and as part of a group

develop Leadership skills

Art/ design

Evidence collating/ photography and social media skills


Select ‘ I would like to be a young volunteer’ on our registration page.

As we work with children we may require a short character reference from a school teacher or family friend.

Some past ‘ Smile’ participants or 3T students can move onto this type of role- you should still register and select the volunteer option.

This is a popular role and we aim to give experience to all who are willing to work hard, have fun and have a genuine interest in the creative arts.

PLEASE NOTE: Health and safety of all students and staff is very important to 3Theatre .ALL participants need to fill out the Health and safety forms to be signed by a parent or guardian (if under 18).

We will welcome anyone who would like to give it a go and learn. You can do it ,get in touch.