Inspire Awards       

In October 2012, a group of young people decided that there was something missing in the Borders to recognise and reward young people for their contributions to their communities. They were aware of our annual awards ceremony hosted by Volunteer Centre Borders to recognise Volunteering achievement through Saltire Awards but wanted something more.

The Inspire Awards were born!

The Inspire Awards are designed to recognise and reward young individuals or groups who have been outstandingly successful in a particular field or have overcome considerable obstacles to make a contribution to their local community. 

Individuals or groups aged 12-25 years can be nominated for different award categories and anyone can nominate a young person, including peers, parents, carers, schools, youth organisations and community groups.

A panel of young people from across the Borders use strict judging criteria to decide the winners each year and successful nominees receive an Inspire Award trophy to recognise their achievement.

All Inspire Awards trophies are presented at the Annual Saltire Inspire Awards Event held in the Spring each year. The event is planned, organised and hosted by the young people who form the Saltire Inspire Awards Group. 


Young people are recruited each year to participate in the Saltire Inspire Awards Group. To find out more about the group or to get up-to-date information on the Inspire Awards please visit the group satellite site

inspire 2016 poster

Satellite site

Volunteer Centre Borders is proud to support the Saltire Inspire Awards group and to part fund the Saltire Inspire Awards Event.

Inspire Awards 2016

The Annual Inspire Awards event was held on 24 March 2016 in the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels. Click here for more information about the event!