Alexander Community Development helps 6 volunteers gain their Saltire Award


16th October 2020

Alexander Community Development is delighted to announce that 6 of our volunteers have successfully gained their Saltire Award, commending their dedication to volunteering. 

We are also delighted to award Kyle Mitchell with a Certificate of Excellence. Kyle is an extremely dedicated volunteer, and along with the support of his mum, Carina Mitchell, has become an integral part of the food distribution team. Kyle is looking supporting John Snr with the food work in the coming months. 

Kerr Snee and Lewis Alexander have gain their Ascent Saltire Award for completing 50 hours of volunteering. Kerr and Lewis gained this award for their incredible hard work distributing food to 25 local food banks that Alexander Community Development supports. Both boys will continue volunteering and are planning on working towards their 100 hour achievement, whilst continuing with training and education.

Declan Todd, Darren McLachlan, Liam Harvey and Callum Wilson have gained their Ascent Saltire Award, for completely 100 hours of volunteering. This was gained through our Trades for programme, where the group of boys supported the re-fit of a kitchen at the Maxwell Centre. This group initially went through our Transition to Trade programme and are volunteering ahead of a paid work placement starting, which was secured as a result of the programme. 

Project Leader, Aled Bartley-Jonesthanks the volunteers for their hard work –‘ It has been incredible supporting our young volunteers over the last few months. It is testament to how much the young people have valued the programmes that ACD has delivered. Volunteers play a vital part in our organisation and all of our award winners will be an asset to future employers. The commitment and enthusiasm will stand them in good stead as they seek paid work in future. 




About the Saltire Award 

what are the saltire awards? 

The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government's way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding 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. 

what is volunteering? 

The Saltire Awards recognise volunteering that meets the following three clear characteristics: 

  • It is a free will activity. This means you are doing it because you want to, and no one is forcing you to do it. 

  • It is not done for financial gain. Volunteering is not a job and you cannot be paid; however, you may have any reasonable expenses covered. 

  • It is for the benefit of the community, society at large or an individual 

why you might want to volunteer? 

  • Gain new skills and experience that will look great on your CV and could help you at school and/or work 

  • Meet new people and make new friends and connections 

  • Make a difference to individual people, communities and the environment 

  • Have fun! You will have the chance to get involved in variety of activities that might not have done before 




Alexander Community Development

Alexander Community Development has developed from 20 years of work in the decorating trade, both in practise and education. The sister company of ACD, Alexander Decorators LTD has lead the way in developing skill and talent in the trade, and this work will now be built upon in ACD. Within in this live working environment, there will be programmes delivered for children and young people who are looking to gain qualifications and skills that will gain them future employment opportunities.

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