Saltire Awards for Young Volunteers

18 Nov 19
by Nathon Jones

Young volunteers with their Saltire Award certificates

Local young people recently received their Saltire Award certificates in recognition of the volunteering they did at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in 2019.

Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government’s way of celebrating, rewarding and recognising the commitment and contribution young people are making through volunteering in their communities.

Over the festival weekend, the four young people contributed nearly 100 hours of volunteering, which gained them their Saltire Approach certificates. The young people took on a range of volunteer roles, which included assisting with the PA set up, helping with site management, and helping with ticket sales and customer service at the evening concerts.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers for their support this year and we're delighted that they are also now involved in delivering TVYP (The Vault Youth Project) at the new arts centre in Newton Stewart.

If you'd like to find out more about volunteering at the festival, or about TVYP and how you can get involved, please contact Youth & Volunteer Development Officer Rhona Jones on 01671 404924 or by e-mail at

Saltire Awards

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