Third Sector Bulletin Articles - June 2021

Implementing and developing good practice is key to the success of third sector groups, here we share information about third sector good practice, learning, research and regulatory change.

New SLCVO Appointment Booking System

To ensure the services Skye and Lochalsh CVO deliver meet the needs of the local third sector we have carried out two service review/engagement activities. The first was a Covid-19 Community Response and Resilience Survey in October 2020, the second Skye and Lochalsh Service Review Survey in March 2021. A number of improvements were identified from feedback received including the development of an on-line appointment system to reduce the time groups have to wait.

Appointments are from Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a until 7pm. Once booked a member of the SLCVO team will call you at the time you have chosen to discuss your support enquiry and requirements.

To book an appointment visit  

Third Sector Profile for Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross

To improve the understanding of the third sector in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross, SLCVO have developed a database to record third sector organisations in the area. Data has been collated from OSCR, Companies House and SLCVO’s members database produce a profile of third sector groups in the area. This profile and supporting data will be used to:

  • Identify organisations to participate in community planning and co-production processes

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

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

You can download a copy of the profile here 

Reopening of Community Facilities

As we move to lower Covid-19 Protection Levels. SLCVO along with the HTSI and other rural partners held an online event to look at what community facilities and villages halls need to consider when opening. You can watch the event here  and find more information from the SLCVO website here.

Covid-19 Back to Operations Check for Groups

If your group has ceased operations due to Covid-19 restrictions you will be thinking about when you can start services and activities again. What these will look like and how you can carry on running your group.

​SLCVO can help you work through your questions and develop plans to get your organisation up and running again. We can help you look for funding to support your group and look at how you can meet your governance requirements while social distancing restrictions are still in place.

Our 'Back to Operations Check' will help you to decide if you are ready to resume activities/services. Download the check list here

If you would like to chat about re-starting your activities/services or check your group is complaint to Covid-19 measures email book an appointment here or email 

Skye and Raasay Investment Plan

SLCVO are helping the Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise with their community consultation on the Skye and Raasay Investment Plan. Our role is to bring together groups who work with people who may not be able to engage with main public consultation and ensure their voice is part of the decision making process. We are working with targeted health, housing and social care groups to identify peoples needs and priorities and feedback to the investment plan team at a third sector workshop on the 10th of June at 2pm

If your group has not been contacted but would like to be involved please email

To find out more about the plan visit the Highland Council website here