Volunteers are central to the Third Sector. Every community group, club, charity and social enterprise will include volunteers, from board members to fundraisers.
Skye and Lochalsh CVO represent over 200 community groups in the Skye and Lochalsh area many of which are run entirely by volunteers.
There has always been a tradition of self-help in the Highlands and today volunteering attracts a diverse range of people, for many different reasons. For some, it can be a route to employment, others a way of giving something back to an organisation that has helped them.
Becoming a volunteer not only benefits you, it helps the groups you are involved with, your local community and society as a whole.
Some reasons people give for volunteering:
- To give something back to an organisation that has helped them and to make a difference to the lives of others
- For the social benefits such as meeting new people, making new friends and getting to know the local community
- To share skills and experience with others and feel part of a team
- For the opportunity to try something new.
- To improve employment prospects and develop transferable skills such as team working, problem solving and communication skills
- To have fun and quality time away from work
Things to consider before volunteering
Before you commit to volunteering you need to consider a number of things to ensure you get the best experience and most beneficial volunteering role. Ask yourself:
- What cause or issue you would like to volunteer for – the type of group or organisation
- How much time you have to give. Some volunteer roles are for one-off events, some are short term, others might need a longer commitment
- Where you would like to volunteer – in your local area, from home, in a different country?
- What skills and experiences you can offer to the community group or organisation
- Are there any practical considerations such as access requirements
Depending on the volunteering role you may be required to register with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and have a Disclosure check. The organisation you are volunteering for should arrange this for you.
How to Volunteer
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 call us on 01478 612921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal chat about what current opportunities there are.