Covid-19 Support for Groups and Communities

SLCVO Back to Operations Check for Groups and Charities

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. This check should be carried out in association with current government guidelines and advice from a specialist support organisation such as Youth Highland or Sports Scotland.


If you would like help completing this check SLCVO can host and facilitate an online meeting for your group. This service is free to third sector groups as part of our core funding from the Highland Third Sector Interface.  If you would like to chat about re-starting your activities/services or check your group is complaint to Covid-19 measures email or call 01478 612921


Re-opening Village and Community Halls

Many village halls across Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross are run by volunteer committees. They may employ a couple of people part-time however, many rely on volunteers to keep the hall open and running.


Re-opening a village hall depends on a number of considerations. SLCVO staff are working with the Highland Third Sector Interface and Caithness Voluntary Group to host a online Village Halls question and answer session in September however, to help you start to look at re-opening Caithness Voluntary Group have produced a comprehensive document that take hall committees through what they need to do and things they need to consider. If you want to discuss your options and way forward to re-opening email or call 01478 612921


Further Support for Community Groups


Scottish Community Development Centre

SCDC is the lead body for community development in Scotland, their online resource ‘Supporting Communities Safely’ provides advice on how to virus proof the fantastic things communities are doing and reduce the risk of indirect spread. 

Youth Scotland Covid-19 Online Resource

Youth Scotland’s online resource has comprehensive advice and guidance for your groups from funding to Post lockdown Readiness Guide.


Sports Scotland Covid-19 Online Resource

Sports Scotland online resource has specific Covid-19 guidance on how to undertake sports safely, information on support for community sports organisations and advice on how to get facilities fit for opening.


Creative Scotland Covid-19 Online Resource

Creative Scotland have developed a dedicate funding and resource directory for those in the creative community who have been affected by Covid-19. It provides up to date information and news, as well as a Covid-19 focused Support for Scotland’s screen sector.


Scottish Government Guidance

A very wide range of activities are carried out across the voluntary sector, from early years childcare to sports groups and many will take place in community buildings. See the Scottish Government website, and links below for specific guidance relevant to your organisation.

For the latest news and updates about Covid-19 response from the Highland Council. Advice and guidance about Shielding, Key Services and Business here

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Covid-19 Community Response and Resilience Report for Skye, Lochalsh, Wester Ross and Strathpeffer

The Covid-19 Community Response and Resilience Rport is a partnership study by Skye and Lochalsh CVO, the Highland Council and High Life Highland to:

  • Record Covid-19 emergency response initiatives in council wards 10 and 5

  • Map what services are continuing to support local communities

  • Identify what support local response initiatives require.

Download the report HERE

The Highland Third Sector Interface have set-up a dedicated website to support Covid-19 response groups and help volunteers. You can see which groups are operating in your area on the Community Action Register and sign-up as a volunteer here

Re-opening Village Halls

Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations took part in an online Q&A session hosted by the Highland Third Sector Interface answering questions from village hall committees about re-opening.


You can watch the video here

HTSI are offering FREE eLearning to all their members to help groups through this challenging time. All you have to do is email and join the HTSI here

The Volunteer Scotland website has dedicated information about Covid-19 including ways to volunteer, advice for groups and PVG guidance here