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Skye and Lochalsh Volunteer Opportunities

There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities in the Skye and Lochalsh area, including opportunities to work with:-

• Clubs or groups offering activities for children and younger people
• Welfare services for older people
• Support groups
• Befriending or Mentoring services
• Counselling services
• Drop-in services or activities for people with mental health issues
• Environmental or conservation projects
• Fundraising activities
• Emergency Services
• Committees
• Social enterprise opportunities that support community development
• Lobbying or campaigning schemes 

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Skye and Lochalsh CVO collate many volunteering opportunities in the local area. We have a Volunteer Opportunities folder for local organisations and an online system for opportunities throughout Scotland.

If you are looking to start volunteering contact Skye and Lochalsh CVO Tel: 01478 612921 or email info@slcvo.org.uk

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

CHAS is the sole provider of children’s hospice services in Scotland, caring for children and young people with a wide range of life-shortening conditions many of which are rare.

CHAS offers care in two children’s hospices, Rachel House and Robin House where they support the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services. CHAS also offers support to families in their own home when they need it the most through the CHAS at Home service.

As well as providing first class care and support, CHAS helps the families who benefit from our unique services to experience as much as possible within the short time they have together allowing them to create many precious memories of their time together.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual on Skye to help raise funds and awareness by servicing collecting cans which are placed with local businesses. 

CHAS strongly encourages all registered volunteers to claim reasonable out of pocket expenses and mileage is reimbursed at the current CHAS mileage rate. All registered CHAS volunteers are covered under the Employers Liability, Public Liability, Products Liability and Personal Accident policies taken out by CHAS.

More information about CHAS can be found on our website www.chas.org.uk .

To find out more about this fantastic opportunity and how you can get involved with CHAS, helping to make a huge difference to the lives of the families who use our services, please contact Fundraiser, Alison Rennie at alisonrennie@chas.org.uk or on 01577 865222.

Skye & Lochalsh Citizens Advice Bureau

Skye & Lochalsh CAB typically handle in excess of 1400 enquiries a year - covering a wide range of topics including money, benefits and employment issues. They are currently recruiting for volunteers - full training would be given and the work is rewarding, stimulating and challenging.Contact Morag Hannah at CAB 01478 611880 for more information.

Crossroads Charity Shop Portree

The Crossroads shop in Portree is always keen to hear from people willing to help with sales and receipt of donations. Help would be on a rota basis and they are particularly keen to recruit someone who could spare a few hours on the odd Saturday.

Contact the Crossroads office on 01478 612399. More about Crossroads Care Skye and Lochalsh

Highland Hospice Charity Shop Portree

Fancy a new challenge? Highland Hospice are looking for volunteers to work in their charity shop in Portree. The shop is open Monday-Saturday and rota hours would be either mornings 10-1 or afternoons 1-4. This is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends as well as knowing that your valuable time is helping the work of the Highland Hospice in raising funds for their services.

Contact Norma Fraser at Highland Hospice Volunteer Services email n.fraser@highlandhospice.org.uk for more information tel 07745736631 for an informal chat. Or you can pop into the shop for an application pack.

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland - Volunteer Stroke Service

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading medical charities. It aims to improve the quality of life of people in Scotland who are affected by chest, heart and stroke illness through Medical Research, Advice and information and Support in the Community. The Community Services Department operates the Volunteer Stroke Service (VSS) in Skye & Lochalsh. The VSS provides a range of services which meet the needs of people who have had a stroke, priority is  given to people who have a communication problem. The objective is to provide a welcoming and stimulating environment at weekly groups that are held in Portee & Kyleakin, individuals are

• supported in their use of communication strategies
• respected as competent adults
• encouraged to access other social, leisure, employment and educational facilities

The Community Services are provided by local Coordinators, who are supported by volunteers. All staff are trained to ensure that volunteers have the very best experience with us. CHSS has achieved the prestigious Investing in Volunteers UK accreditation, which recognises that we recruit, support and train our volunteers to the highest standard. No matter what time someone has available we are sure that we can offer a volunteering opportunity to interest.  We can promise a rewarding experience and the satisfaction of helping people in the community.

Volunteer opportunities in Skye include: Outreach Volunteers, Communication Group facilitators, Communication partners, Social Volunteers, Refreshment Helpers and Drivers.
Regular Stroke Groups meet in Kyleakin from 2-4pm on Mondays, and in Portree from 1-3pm on Wednesdays.

Outreach services are also available to support people who have communication problems after their stroke. To find out more about these opportunities please contact:
Community services Coordinator for Skye & Lochalsh, Mrs.Irene Kay, phone 01471 820001, or email irene.kay@chss.org.uk

For more information contact CHSS Advice Line 0845 077 6000  or visit the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland website

Skye Talking Newspaper

Volunteer readers and copiers needed to help produce tapes of West Highland Free Press for people who are registered blind. Every Thursday evening readers (4 English and 1 designated Gaelic) meet from 7.30 - 9.15 in Portree to record edited sections of the paper onto a master tape. The same evening the master is copied onto around 60 tapes using a Multi-Trax fast copying machine, and this is done by one person at home, in approx 2 hours. (There is a rota of copiers working in 6-week shifts.) The copier passes the tapes to the co-ordinator on Friday mornings for posting.

If you would like to help produce the Talking Newspaper, or would like to receive tapes, contact co-ordinator Morna MacLaren: daytime at Portree Library 01478 614823 or evenings 01478 612749.

Distance Befriending

Could you be a volunteer befriender to someone in the Highlands who has experienced a mental health problem and is rurally isolated and lonely?

Regular, safe, confidential and enjoyable friendship is developed by phone, letter or email. The service is co-ordinated by the charity Befrienders Highland, who provide support and training to volunteers.

The service covers the areas Skye and Lochalsh, Inverness-shire, Nairnshire, Lochaber, Ross-shire, Badenoch & Strathspey, Caithness and Sutherland.

For more information talk informally to the Distance Befriending Co-ordinator, Yvonne Reid based in Inverness, on 01463 235675 or email distance@befriendershighland.org.uk.  Or visit the Befrienders Highland website.