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Awards for groups, organisations, clubs and volunteers

  • The national Volunteer Friendly Award
  • Clubmark
  • Raising Your Game
  • Glasgow Community Champions awards
  • Scottish Government ‘Saltire Awards’ for young volunteers
  • Investing in Volunteers

Volunteer Friendly Award

Volunteer Glasgow is your local, Glasgow-based access point for accessing the national Volunteer Friendly Award. It is a simple, user-friendly quality standard designed by Volunteer Centre Dundee to support, recognise and reward groups in Scotland who are good at involving volunteers. Many essential services in Scotland’s communities are enhanced by volunteers. Volunteering also has a significant social value as it is increasingly being used to give excluded individuals the chance to build their confidence and skills through helping others.

It has never been more important for groups to be able to show how good they are at involving and managing their volunteers.

Volunteer Friendly helps you to take a systematic look at what you do and how you do it.  It offers a flexible approach which allows your group to work at its own pace, with full support from your local volunteer centre. It is based on the national standard Investing in Volunteers (IiV) but is designed for organisations which may not be ready to undertake IiV yet, or which may be looking for a stepping stone towards IiV.

“The Volunteer Friendly Award was really valuable in helping us to focus on our practice. We are proud to be able to use the logo.” Aileen Macdonald-Haak, Lambhill Stables

Mutual Support Group

Every month or so, we are creating an opportunity for you to meet up with other people undertaking the Award, share their progress and discuss achievements and challenges: the next Support Group meetings will be announced soon

All the meetings will take place at our office in Abbey House (1st floor), 10 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 6LU.

For further information and to notify your intention to attend please contact our Training Officer, Jim King


Clubmark is a sports club development scheme which aims to recognise and accredit clubs that are fully committed to providing their members with a safe, effective, inclusive and FUN environment.  It includes volunteer management: Glasgow Sport officers can help you get to the point where you might also be eligible for a Volunteer Friendly Award.  More info is available on the Glasgow Life: Glasgow Sport website.

Raising Your Game

Is a fabulous tool kit primarily designed to help youth groups/clubs improve how they manage volunteers including their own young people leading. It’s available from the Youth Scotland website.


Awards for volunteers, groups, organisations in a range of categories – from the Evening Times, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Strathclyde Police and Glasgow Housing Association.

More info on the Community Champions website.

Saltire Awards

The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government’s recognition programme designed for young people volunteering between the ages of 12 and 25. They replaced the MV Awards scheme on 1st April 2012.

Further information on how to recognise your volunteers can be found on our Saltire Awards page or, alternatively on the Saltire Awards website.

Investing in Volunteers (IiV)

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. The Standard enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management, and also publicly demonstrates their commitment to volunteering. The Standard is managed in Scotland by Volunteer Scotland and support in achieving the award is available from Volunteer Glasgow for organisations working in the local authority area.


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