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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.

RCOP Highland – Community Initiative Fund

RCOP Highland have brought out a fund called Community Initiative fund which is designed for third sector groups or community groups to kick start new ideas and projects for the care of older people which will help to keep them active and socially engaged. 


Applications now open for Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

If you’ve got a new idea or an existing project which benefits the community, Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme can help. The programme offers a fully funded year of training and a grant (£4,000 or £15,000) to help you develop your project.


Funding for women's groups

Foundation Scotland has announced that the Women's Fund for Scotland is back in business and can make small grants to projects that support women's development, self sufficiency, and social and economic equality


New Legal High Survey

Highland Achohol & Drugs Partnership want to know about your experiences with psychoactive substances so they can help others to stay safe.



The Scottish Government has launched a new small grants scheme for international development to help international development organisations in Scotland build capacity to bid for funding under the main International Development Fund and develop a distinctive contribution to Scotland's growing input to tackling global poverty.



Firstport funding, which supports new and emerging social entrepreneurs across Scotland, has announced that its Level 2 Social Entrepreneurship Fund is open for applications. Level 2 grants of up to £25,000 are available to individuals and small groups of individuals with a tested and proven social enterprise idea that have a successful trading track record of about 12 months.


New Community Group for Rehabilitation Centre

A proposed short-stay centre for Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross

People working with addictions have realised that there is a great need for a rehabilitation centre for Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross. At present the nearest unit where people can go for a period of residential care is Inverness. The proposed centre would be in Dunans, Flodigarry and would probably have 5-6 bedrooms.


Consultancy Requirement - Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association

Feasibility and Business Planning – Recycling Business

£10,000 all inclusive

SLMHA have a small scale recycling business and have secured funding for a feasibility study and business planning to investigate a significant scaling up of the business with the intention of applying for loan or grant funding for commercial premises and other costs. The assignment will include practical market research on Skye and the preparation of an investment ready business plan.


The Big Lunch - Sunday 1 June 2014

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.


Looking to raise funds for your club or charity?

Highlife Highland are holding a swimathon at the Fingal Centre, Portree on Saturday 29th March, and are looking for participants.


Raasay Community Newsletter Feb 2014

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


Portree Allotment Association - Looking to a sustainable future

Interested in gardening? Need some good open air exercise? Want to grow your own vegetables or flowers? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then an allotment could be for you.


Volunteer Drivers Wanted

Highland Hospice are seeking drivers with their own vehicles to drive patients to day therapy services in Portree and Broadford.


Skyedance for Adults

Skyedance are introducing new dance classes for adults.  New classes include Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Yoga at Aros.


Befrienders Highland launch new service for the Highlands

Befrienders Highland has launched a new service – Befriending Dementia.


Opportunity to fundraise for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

Would you do a bungee jump or run a marathon for CHAS ?



Volunteers Wanted by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland are looking for volunteers for their Community Stroke Services held in Kyleakin and Portree.


Saltire Awards gaining popularity

The Saltire Awards have been set up by the Scottish Government to recognise and reward volunteer work done by young people between 12 and 25 years old.  During 2013 their popularity rose and over 50 Saltire Awards were presented in Skye and Lochalsh.


Join Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum

Do you have an interest in the natural and cultural habitats of the Skye & Lochalsh area?

Skye & Lochalsh Environment Forum (SLEF) is a local charity established for members of the public and organisations to promote awareness, enjoyment, research, understanding and sustainable use of the natural and cultural environment and biodiversity in Skye and Lochalsh.

Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in the natural and cultural habitats of the area.