Why Volunteer?

Skye, Lochalsh, Wester Ross

People choose to volunteer for many reasons. For some it is the chance to give something back to the community and meet new people. For others it an opportunity to developing new skills or sharing their skills with others.

Meet Jyrna 

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 Jim

Jim Rennie has been volunteering for a number of years and who also gives a lot of spare time to a number of organisations to help them develop. He is volunteering for Skye Old Peoples Welfare Committee, who provide transport and a lunch for elderly people in our community. He also raises fund for the local hospital with Friends of Portree Hospital.

To listen to his volunteering story you can do so here. 


Meet Sarah

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. 


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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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 

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