Gabija Cerneckaite (23) has become the 1000th young person in Aberdeen City to register for the Saltire Awards since they launched in 2012.
The Saltire Awards recognise the contribution which 12-25 year olds make to their communities on a voluntary basis. Young people receive certificates of achievement for completing 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering. In Aberdeen, the scheme is facilitated by the Volunteer Centre within ACVO (Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations). ACVO is one of 32 Third Sector Interfaces in Scotland and is a member of Voluntary Action Scotland.
Gabija, an art history student at Aberdeen University, has just started on the awards and is currently volunteering with Aberdeen Art Gallery helping to encourage more young people to get involved with the arts.
Gabija said, “I have always had a passion for art and I have helped out at many installations and festivals in the past. I really wanted to use my experience to help other young people gain access, and have an appreciation, for the arts.”
“I found out about the Saltire Awards through the Art Gallery and was surprised at how easy it was to sign up and gain recognition. I would encourage any young people who are volunteering or even thinking about starting to sign up and give it a go.”
Catherine Garrow, Volunteering Development Worker, at ACVO said “It is fantastic to see so many young people volunteering and getting involved with the Saltire Awards. To have come so far in such a short time really speaks to the generosity, enthusiasm and energy of young people in Aberdeen. There are young people signing up every day and giving back to their communities.”
So far young people in Aberdeen have received contributed 41,785 volunteering hours to the city of Aberdeen and ACVO has handed out 880 certificates.