Skye and Lochalsh Befrienders is a volunteer befriending service for people aged over 18 who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. 

Skye and Lochalsh Befrienders is a volunteer befriending service run by Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations in partnership with the Highland Hospice.

We match volunteer befrienders by considering shared interests and a volunteers experience. Training is provided by Skye and Lochalsh CVO, Highland Hospice and other organisations relevant to individual circumstances.


Volunteer befrienders not only provide people with friendship they help build connections and support people to continue doing what they enjoy, Activities include:


  • Visiting in a persons home for a cuppa and a chat,

  • Helping people to continue with their hobbies,

  • Going to local cafes and places of interests,

  • Supporting Portree Medical Centre Day Hospital,

  • Visiting local care homes,

  • Going to community events and activities.


What our volunteers say about being a befriender..........

"I feel so happy I am giving him something, he has now starred to join in with lunch clubs"

I like meeting amazing people, helping them gain confidence and make their lives better"

I like meeting new people and being involved in something useful providing support and a listening ear if they need it"

What referral organisations have said about the service.....


"Amazing change, was great having someone to talk with. Has become much more confident and enthusiastic"


"Become more confident and enthusiastic and has now moved onto volunteering "


“I have witnessed first-hand the huge benefits of this service to our tenants.  The tenants that have been involved have highly praised the service and I can see how they look forward to the visits from the lovely volunteers on each visit they make"

Contact our Befriending Co-ordinator on 01478 612921 or email to chat about our service or becoming a volunteer befriender.

SLCVO Community Calls is a regular, friendly check-in call service for adults across Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross.

Funded by the Highland Council and National Lottery the service aims to make sure people are safe, well and have what they need. 

We have over 50 volunteers and work with many community groups across the area to keep people connected.

We also:

  • Initiate an emergency check-up response for those who do not answer calls.

  • Identify problems or concerns individuals have and finding ways to alleviate these.

  • Identify gaps or barriers to support in communities and work with local groups and statutory organisations overcome these

If you would like to talk to us about Community Calls please call 01478 612921 and speak to our Community Calls Co-Ordinator Claire Nairn or email

Meet our volunteers

Supporting community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprise in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross

Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations 

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