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Community Collaboration Hub

At SLCVO we believe in the power of collaboration to drive positive change and build stronger, more resilient communities. Our Community Collaboration Hub serves as a dynamic space where individuals, organisations, and sectors come together to work towards common goals and address shared challenges.


Through community collaborations, we foster synergy, innovation, and collective impact. Whether you're a third sector organisation, a public body, or a passionate community member, you'll find valuable opportunities to connect, collaborate, and make a difference.


Community Collaboration Hub Objectives:
  • Connect with like-minded individuals and organisations passionate about community development and social change.

  • Cultivate meaningful relationships and expand our network of collaborators.

  • Access a comprehensive range of resources, tools, and best practices to bolster collaborative efforts.

  • Utilise guides on effective partnership building and explore case studies showcasing successful community initiatives.

  • Stay updated on upcoming networking events, workshops, webinars, and community forums.

  • Engage in discussions, share insights, and glean knowledge from experts in the field of community development.

  • Explore diverse collaboration opportunities and projects seeking partners.

  • Leverage our platform to connect with the right partners and resources.

Community Collaboration Hub Current Activities:

  • Development of a Skye and Lochalsh Health, Wellbeing and Welfare collaboration Programme supported by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

    • In September 2023, SLCVO brought together third sector groups to review the adult services' strategic plan. Discussions highlighted the need for enhanced collaboration, leading SLCVO to set-up a Skye and Lochalsh Health, Wellbeing, and Welfare Programme. Find out more information here

  • Management of the Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Drug and Alcohol Forum March 2023 to date. 

    • The SLWR D&A Forum, led by SLCVO, resumed activities in March 2023, after a cessation of activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A new Terms of Reference was set and a workshop on July 18 2023, engaged 27 individuals from 12 third sector and 11 public sector teams. Discussions and a mapping exercise identified needs and solutions, leading to successful grant acquisition for a Community Champion project by Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust. Find out more information here

  • Expansion of Skye and Lochalsh Befrienders 01/04/2022-31/03/2025

    • ​Funding from NHS Highland and Highland Council Ward 10 Eilean a' Cheò has enabled us to to extend the befriending service from 1 to 3 days a week to help people reconnect to their communities post Covid-19 pandemic. As well as develop and run a Hospital to Home befriending service which supports patients in hospital and during the transition of returning home after a long stay in hospital. Find out more information here

Community Collaboration Hub Past Activities:

  • Supported the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) to facilitate participation in the Scottish Government public consultation: ‘Democracy matters phase two consultation – local governance review’.

    • Nineteen community members were present from community councils in the Skye and Lochalsh areas, development trust members, voluntary sector employees and small grassroots groups. Read the report here 

  • Hosted a Wester Ross Third Sector Conference in partnership with Lochbroom and Ullapool Community Trust, September 2023

    • The aim of the conference was to enable groups to network and share learning & good practice. 27 people from 21 organisations attended the day, with speakers from Highland Hospice, Highland Third Sector Interface, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, the Highlands and Islands Climate Hub, Inspiralba and Development Trusts Association, feedback was very positive with groups wanting more activities like this. Find out more about the day here 

  • Hosted a Meet Your Local community group day in Portree July 2023 Find out more here

  • Facilitated a community meeting to decide how Skye Community Response funds from the Covid-19 Pandemic should be use, May 2023 Find out more here 

  • Ran an Advancing Active Journeys project with Skye For All to map accessible walking routes and paces in Portree and Kyle of Lochalsh Find out more information here 

If you would like more information about the Community Collaboration Hub or would like to use our services to connect with the third sector and communities in Skye and Lochalsh email SLCVO Chief Officer Jo Ford or call 01478 612921.

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The SLWR Drug and Alcohol Forum aims to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities by preventing and reducing drug and alcohol related harm.

Find out more about the Forum 

SLCVO is working with third sector groups in Skye and Lochalsh to establish a Health, Wellbeing, and Welfare Programme, that will​

strengthen partnerships between the third sector and public sector, 

Find out more about our work

The Scottish Community Development Centre
SCDC work directly with community organisations, people who work in communities and with people who make policy. They deliver large scale programmes across Scotland to help build the capacity of the community sector, support public agencies to work effectively with communities and to widen participation in local democracy.. 

Find out more about SCDC here

The National Standards for Community Engagement 
SLCVO follow the principles of the The National Standards for Community Engagement which are good-practice principles designed to improve and guide the process of community engagement.

Read more about the standards  here

SLCVO are members of the Scottish Co-Production Network who run events, share resources and bring together people for the annual Co-production Week Scotland

Read more about the network here

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
Communities across Scotland can now make use of this Act which aims to empower communities by strengthening their voices in decisions about public services and making it easier for them to own and manage land and buildings.

Read more about the Act here

Thir sector groups deliver a wide range of services from law and advocacy support to recreational and sports activities. The Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Third Sector Profile looks at the type and range of groups across the area March 2021 Third Sector Profile here 

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