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Why Volunteer?

Skye, Lochalsh, Wester Ross

Volunteering is important because it enables individuals to help others in a selfless way. When individuals volunteer they may choose to help people, support causes and provide assistance to their local community. Additionally, volunteering can:

  • Help maintain positive mental and physical health 

  • Help build interpersonal skills

  • Give opportunities to meet new people and possibly make friends 

  • Bring joy and happiness by giving opportunities to help others  

  • Provide new experiences, helping people discover their ideal career path

  • Allow you to stay up-to-date on any changes in working society

  • Provide stimulating challenges that can help you learn new skills in order to strengthen your skill set

Meet Jryna

Jryna Batters has a lot of experience within the third sector as she has volunteered so much of her time to many different organisations over the years.  She spends a lot of her time helping develop Viewfield Garden Collective which is a garden project that provides a peaceful place for vulnerable and disadvantaged adults in Skye & Lochalsh.

​You can watch Jryna talk about her volunteering story here. 

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Meet Sara

Sarah took part in our Skye & Lochalsh Neighbours and Friends Befriending service, where she and a volunteer build a good friendship. Which helped her gain confidence in her new home and in the new village she had moved to on the Island. As a result of her experience and gaining confidence she has now become a volunteer in SLCVO, as our proof reader.

To watch Sarah's volunteering story you can do so here. 


Advancing Active Travel Skye and Lochalsh

SLCVO’s Advancing Active Travel Skye and Lochalsh project was to deliver an information and awareness raising campaign about  walking and cycling as part of the Highland Green Health Social Prescribing Project in Kyle of Lochalsh. We worked with local voluntary group ‘Skye For All’ who gave the project a tangible presence. People related to our project volunteers Sara and Melanie, not only through their blogs and videos but, through newspaper articles and a motion put forward by local MSP Rhoda Grant to Scottish Parliament, recognising Sarah’s contribution to active travel and her Paths for All  Volunteer of the Year award.  

  • Paths for All Volunteer of the Year award video here 

  • Parliamentary motion here 

  • Press and Journal Article for Volunteer of the Year here 


Befrienders Skye and Lochalsh

Befrienders Skye and Lochalsh is a volunteer befriending service for people aged over 18 who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. We have around 30 volunteers supporting people across Skye and Lochalsh.  You can read about our service here and see our befriender volunteers stories here:

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There are many different volunteering opportunities across Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross, we are here to help find the most suitable position for you. See the latest local volunteering opportunities and register here.

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Many people want to know what to expect while volunteering and if it will affect their income. We have gathered together answers to the questions we get asked frequently here.

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Aye Volunteer, developed by the Highland Third Sector Interface, allows groups to post volunteering opportunities available from across the Highland. This app is free, easy to use, and will enable a quicker connection between those looking for opportunities and those needing volunteers.

Find out more here.

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