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.
19 March 2020
SLCVO are working with the Highland Council, NHS and other organisations to ensure there are area wide ways for people to access help and support.
This will be through a community call service where people will receive a check in call every couple of days. Calls will be made by volunteers who will report back to SLCVO co-ordinators. If a person needs supplies/help we will work with local groups and people to co-ordinate help and follow-up to confirm it has been done.
This service will ensure people can access help in a safe and sustainable way as it will be run under SLCVO's befrienders service, which is supported by the Highland Hospice and our third sector support service which is funded by the Highland Third Sector Interface.
Funding from Skye and Raasay local members and other local organisations (who we will be approaching soon) will enable us to expand the hours of our dedicated co-ordinators to run the service every day of the week.
We are setting this up now and should have it running next week.
If you are able to volunteer as telephone Community Caller email Sammy-Jo at to register your interest and we will contact you as soon as our Board of Trustees sign-off the process.
If you know of any groups or initiatives being set-up email Claire on so we can start collating a list of help and support.
We will let you know once we are up and running.
Supporting community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprise in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross