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Meeting First Minister Alex Salmond and Saltire Awards

Posted by jamie on the 06 August 2013

Back in May, I attended First Minister Alex Salmond's reception at Edinburgh Castle for Saltire Awards. The reception was to celebrate the commitment and contribution of young people volunteering in our communities across Scotland. I took along Inverclyde's 500hr Saltire Awardees Stacey and Gareth. Once again it is great to see that at the top levels of government, our society is recognising our young people. Sorry its taken me so long to blog about this event but I just got emailed the picture (see below). 


The main purpose of my role at Trust Volunteering is to manage Saltire Awards across Inverclyde. to quote the website; 

"Saltire Awards are designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of young people volunteering in Scotland. The Saltire Awards enable volunteers between the ages of 12 & 25 to gain new skills and practical experience through volunteering placements provided by local and national voluntary agencies. Supported by the Scottish Government, Saltire Awards are split in to four sections - The Challenge, The Approach, The Ascent and The Summit and achievement is recognised in the form of Saltire Award certificates and Young Scot reward points." (Saltire Awards Website, 2013). 

About Jamie

2014- Project Coordinator at a new community project in Wishaw

2013 - Youth Development Worker at Trust Volunteering Inverclyde, a project of Inverclyde Community Development Trust - aiming to improve the volunteering experience for organisations and individuals by breaking down barriers, increasing the number and broadening the range of individuals and organisations involved in volunteering, encouraging young people to volunteer, promoting the recognition of volunteering at local and national policy level.

2012- Graduate with Postgraduate Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies, Became a Muscovite sipped vodka whilst visiting the galleries of the Hermitage, St Petersburg (not really but I did do them at separate times). 

2011- University of St Andrews, Postgraduate Masters in Museum and Galleries Studies. Graduated BA Humanities & Social Sciences (Community Education), University of Strathclyde. University of Latvia (Latvijas Universitāte) course in Creative ESOL teaching

2010 - Volunteer Project Assistant at Glasgow Museums for ESOL Cultural Diversity Project University Placement. Winner of Museum Volunteer of the Year 2010 - Scotland Region, Marsh Christian Trust. Awarded the Institute of Contemporary Scotland's Young Scot of the Year Award 2010 for outstanding contribution to Scottish Society. Detached Youth Worker at Queens Cross Housing Association

2009 - Graduated from the University of Vienna (Universitšt Wien) with a Diploma in European Studies with Highest Distinction. Youth Assistant at UNICEF UK for University Placement

2008 - I gained my TEFL Certificate allowing me to teach English to non native speakers. Volunteered as an English Teacher at Şcoala Avram Iancu High School in Arad, Romania. Travelled around Europe with the heaviest bag ever!

2006 - Awarded UNICEF UK's 60th Anniversary Award for Youth Empowerment activism 

2005 - Delegate to the C8 Summit, Young People's alternative summit to the Glen Eagles G8 Summit. UNICEF UK Representative

2003-2005 Board Director at Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance

I believe in secularism, parliamentary democracy and believe strongly in the values of the United Nations and European Union.