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Welcome to the Skye & Lochalsh CVO local News page. It's the easy way to keep up to date with voluntary sector news in Skye & Lochalsh. To send us news items use the online submission form. To receive our local community e-bulletin with the latest news and events click here.

Fingal Centre Open Day and Community Group Fundraiser

Highlife Highland are having an open day on Saturday the 20th of September.  The programme will include community group stalls, exercise class taster sessions, free swimming, jungle chatterbooks and The Singing Kettle.

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Scottish Rural Parliament regional event

Scottish Rural Parliament comes to Skye and Lochalsh.

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New Moves!

Eden Court Theatre has funding from Cashback for Creativity to provide dance opportunities for young people across the Highlands.

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Vacancies at Shulishadder Beag

There are currently studio and one-bedroom properties available to rent at Trust Housing Association, Shulishadder Beag, Portree.  If you are interested, or know of anyone who may be, please contact Stacey Williamson on 0131 444 4937 or email SWilliamson@trustha.org.uk

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Starcatchers Creative Skills: Highland

From early 2013-15, Starcatchers is delivering a new pilot programme of Creative Skills training for Early Years practitioners in Scotland. Funded by Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, this programme offers a range of practical, accessible and inspirational training sessions from Early Years artists which explore expressive arts using an open-ended, child centred approach.

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Awards For All New Application Form

Following Awards for All’s recent reopening, they would like to remind applicants that there is a new application form. 

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Test your charity knowledge with the nfpSynergy quiz

Try this very quick 7 question multiple choice quiz and you’ll probably learn a few things you didn’t know about charities.  Some of the answers will surprise you!

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Skye and Lochalsh Citizens Advice Bureau Need A Treasurer

Volunteer needed for role of treasurer.

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Start of WW1 remembered with dignity in Dunvegan

Dunvegan Community Council commemorates start of WW1

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Volunteers wanted at Skye Permaculture

There are several volunteer positions available at Skye Permaculture near Armadale Pier.  They are looking for someone to do their accounts, a fundraiser, a horticulture manager and a wood worker or forester.

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Help wanted to run Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in Dunvegan

Girlguiding Scotland are looking for volunteers to help out at weekly Rainbow, Brownie and Guide meetings in Dunvegan.  They are also looking for individuals to train as Unit Guiders to organise and run the weekly sessions.  Full training and support is available.

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Higher Courses available in South Skye

UHI West Highland College have Stand Alone Higher courses starting in September.

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National Community Interest Company Regulator to visit Skye

Skye and Lochalsh CVO are delighted to announce the forthcoming visit to Portree of Sara Burgess, National Regulator for Community Interest Companies

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Baby Boom at SLCVO!

Little Felix and Charlotte herald a bumper baby bonanza in Portree!

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Volunteer Opportunity – Minginish Community Hall Association are looking for a Committee Secretary

Minginish Community Hall Association are looking for someone with admin experience to take over the role of secretary.  Hours are flexible and training will be provided.

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Scottish Health Council wants to hear from you

A Stronger Voice - ensuring the views and experience of service users and the public define health and social care 

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Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association are looking for new committee members

Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association are looking for new Management Committee members to attend monthly meetings to agree policies and plans and to oversee the work of the staff.

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Skye Youth Pipe Band receive funding from Awards For All

Skye Youth Pipe Band came to the SLCVO earlier this year for advice about setting up their group and applying for funding.  They have now received funding from Awards for All to buy new equipment for the band members.

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Are you able to offer placements to volunteers with disabilities?

We are looking for volunteer opportunities for individuals who wish to volunteer but need extra support because of disabilities.  We are particularly keen to hear from you if your organisation is able to offer volunteer opportunities to individuals with mental health issues.  

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Community Stroke Services are looking for volunteers

Community Stroke Services Skye and Lochalsh are looking for volunteers.  They currently run two groups in Kyleakin and Portree and are looking for drivers and helpers to support their service users.

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Understanding Social Enterprise for Care Sector Course

The Social Enterprise Academy are hosting a 2 day Understanding Social Enterprise Course

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Legacy 2014, Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund

Strand 2: Revenue Support for Business Development

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Raasay Community Newsletter

The latest edition of Raasay Community Newsletter is available to view.

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Get IT Together 8 Week IT Course

Get IT Together are holding a beginners 8 week IT Course. 

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Awards for All Scotland to re-open

Awards for All Scotland will re-open to applications at 12 noon on Monday 4th August 2014.

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A fresh approach to Charity Management Accounts

More of the wood, less of the trees:

A Trustee-Centred approach to management accounts. Read this award-winning article which promotes and champions less jargon and more user-friendly reporting.

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Volunteer Opportunities – Skye Youth Drop-In

Skye Youth Drop-In are looking for voluntary youth workers to help out at their Youth Drop-In Centre in Portree.  This volunteer opportunity includes day-time, evening and/or weekend work with young people and will require an enhanced disclosure.

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Highland Council invites Community Groups to form Panel

The Council is creating a Community Groups Panel, to mirror the present Citizens Panel, for consultation on budget planning and other key strategic issues.

 

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Eilean a Cheo Civic Awards

Nominations are open for the Eilean a Cheo Civic Awards to recognise contribution to the local community. Closing date is Monday 27th October. 

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Latest INNIS newsletter

Our summer issue of INNIS is now available to view with all our latest news.  Highlights include a summary of Celebrate Skye Week 2014, a look at some of the community groups involved, an interview with a volunteer and Community Planning.

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Volunteer Opportunities Database

Over the coming weeks the SLCVO will be contacting all member groups to update the information held on volunteering opportunities.  This will give groups the opportunity to let us know what volunteers they are looking for so the information can be stored on a database making volunteer placement easier.

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Free Training for Charity Accounts

VAS offers free training on Preparation and Examiniation of Charity Accounts 

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Skye Old People's Welfare AGM

Skye Old People's Welfare AGM will be held at 2pm on Thursday 24th July 2014 at Tigh Lisigarry, Portree.  All welcome.

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Lets Get Scotland Walking – A New Scottish Government Strategy.

The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have issued a new National Walking Strategy to boost physical activity and save lives across the country.  By producing this strategy the Government is recognising that regular walking can improve health, fitness and quality of life, whilst reducing stress and physical and mental illness and it’s free.

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Step it up Highland - Portree Health Walking Group

Walking is very good for your general wellbeing. If you join a local health walking group it is also very sociable, great fun and helps to build your confidence as well as your fitness. The Portree group meet up for a health walk every Friday, leaving Portree Square at 1pm. All fitness levels are welcome. The group are currently looking for new memebers and volunteer walk leaders. 

If you are interested in trying out a health walk then meet Portree Walking Group in Portree Square at 1pm on Friday or contact Sue Wood on 01470 521772

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The Social Enterprise Academy Learning Programmes

The Social Enterprise Academy have annouced learning programmes they will be holding this summer.

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West Highland College Course Schedule – Skye & Lochalsh

We now have a list of courses which West Highland College UHI plan to run over the forthcoming year.

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Carers Week Free Events

Carers Week Free events taking place in Wick, Inverness and Fort William.

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A message from Connecting Carers

Hi to everyone.  I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Shanita and I have just been appointed as the Connecting Carers worker for Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross.

My job is mainly to make contact with carers across the area and try to ensure that they are getting the help and support they need. 

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Free Tables at Skye Community Event

The Celebrate Skye Communities and Volunteers Fair will be held at the Community Centre in Portree on Wednesday the 11th of June from 10am until 3pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for local groups to showcase their work, thank their volunteers, recruit new volunteers and raise funds for their group and it is all absolutely free to all groups.

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Health Walks in Portree every Wednesday

Step it up Highland Health Walks are happening every Wednesday at 2pm from Portree Square.  Meet up in the square and enjoy a walk around the local area.  The aim of the walks is to improve fitness, enjoy the outdoors and meet new people.   Walks are usually followed by a visit to a local café.

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Volunteers Urgently Wanted For Befriending Dementia

Befriending Dementia Highland is urgently needing volunteers ages 18+ and people who are willing to give and hour a week of free time.

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