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Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations (SLCVO) support third sector groups, people and public bodies to make a difference in communities across Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross.

Third Sector Support 

As a rural delivery partner for the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) we provide free support to groups and organisations in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross.


Our team provides a range of support, including:

  • Setting-up a new group or charity

  • Strengthening a groups Board or Committee

  • Changing legal structure

  • Looking at funding options

  • Training and capacity development 

  • Governance and organisation health checks

  • Support to carryout community consultations and engagement 


Support is tailored to meet your groups need, we offer a range of support options including online guidance documents as part of our Community Toolkit, 1:1 support, group training and networking sessions.​

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Third Sector Networks - To better connect the third sector in Skye, Raasay, Lochalsh and Wester Ross we are developing two third sector networks based on Highland Council Ward areas - Skye & Raasay and Lochalsh & Wester Ross. Starting with our local Third Sector Network Bulletins we hope to run third sector area meetings in 2022 and 2023.

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Volunteering Support

Working in partnership with the HTSI  we aim to be a one-stop shop for all things volunteering in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross. We support volunteering development across all sectors, including.

Support for groups and organisations  - Whether you have involved volunteers in your organisations for a long time, or just starting to think about it, we can support you to:

  • Develop volunteer policies and procedures 

  • Ensure safe and effective volunteer environments

  • Gain your Volunteer Friendly Award

  • ​Recruiting volunteers and promoting opportunities on our social media pages and through The Volunteer Scotland website. 


Getting into Volunteering - Whether you are new to volunteering or have plenty of experience, we can help you find the right role for you. We work with Volunteer Scotland to advertise up to date roles in your area and the HTSI supporting their Aye Volunteer matchmaking app.

Work place Volunteering - if you are looking to set-up a work place volunteering scheme and would like to know about volunteering in the area we can help connect you to groups and set-up processes


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Understanding the Third Sector in SLWR

Skye and Lochalsh CVO are funded by the HTSI to improve the understanding of the impact and diversity of the third sector in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross. To do this we have developed a database to record third sector organisations operating in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross.


Data has been taken from OSCR, Companies House and HTSI Third Sector Census and is used to:

  • Understand local third sector characteristics and economics 

  • Influence and inform policy and service development within the area and Highland.

  • Identify organisations to participate in community planning processes and health and social care partnership activity 

  • Develop profiles of the Third Sector in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross

  • Target TSI support services to where they are most needed.

  • Take a leading role in understanding and sharing intelligence around community response and resilience

  • Signpost to services and activities 

  • Share intelligence of the Sector through network bulletins, the Skye and Lochalsh Community Health and Well-being Directory, social media and representation at forums  


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Third Sector and Community Empowerment

Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross has an active third sector with an estimated 500 voluntary organisations supporting action and activity. These groups are often involved in delivering essential services, improving wellbeing and contributing to local economic opportunity. It's essential that the knowledge, experience and needs of these groups, and communities they support, play an active role in planning change and improvement,

SLCVO are funded by the HTSI to enable groups and communities to participate and lead change in their area by:

  • Ensuring there are competent processes for supporting third sector engagement and representations within Community Planning and Health and Social Care Partnerships.

  • Regularly contributing to and encouraging others to contribute to local, national and regional consultations

  • Promoting both the concept and opportunities for collaboration between the public, private sector and third sector. 

  • Supporting engagement and representations within community planning and the health and social care development processes to enable the third sector to participate and co-design. 

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Contact Us

SLCVO operate a blended approach to working, giving the team more options over where and when third sector support services are undertaken. If you would like to talk to one of our team please call 01478 612921 (Monday to Thursday 9am until 5pm)


If you would like to book an online/telephone appointment please go to our online booking calendar here  or email info@slcvo.org.uk

Our office in Portree does not operate a drop in service, please contact us to book an appointment.