About Us

We are an independent local charity with offices in Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra.

We provide information, advice and support to individuals interested in volunteering, volunteer managers, voluntary groups, clubs and organisations, private and public sector organisations and companies.

Our Aim:

  • To actively encourage, support and promote volunteering.

Our vision is of a community where:

  • everyone volunteers;
  • where volunteering is recognised as integral to the health, wealth and vitality of the Outer Hebrides.

Volunteer Centre Western Isles provides a high quality localised service that supports the growth of volunteering in all islands, in every community, in each home, to any individual.

Our Values

We are:

  • passionate about volunteering; we will support and encourage it in all its forms.
  • committed to development of the individual, the organisation and the community.
  • supportive, friendly and non-judgemental in our dealings with ourselves and others.
  • committed to giving a quality service and pursuing excellence in all that we do.

Strategic outcomes

  1. Everyone in the Western Isles volunteersVolunteers have a good experience and are welcomed wherever they go
  2. Volunteering is recognised as integral to the health, wealth and vitality of the Outer Hebrides
  3. The Volunteer Centre Western Isles provides a high quality localised service that supports the growth of volunteering

Activities:

  • To work with local agencies, organisations and individuals to encourage, promote and support volunteering in the local area as detailed in the VCWI annual work plan.
  • To work in partnership with key local agencies and statutory bodies to ensure the value and impact of volunteering is measured and recognised in local and national policy development.

Third Sector Interface Western Isles (TSIWI)

We are partners in the Third Sector Interface (TSI) Western Isles, http://www.tsiwi.org/ which is funded by Scottish Government as part of a Scotland wide network of 32 Third Sector Interfaces.

Together, we provide a single point of access for support and advice for the third sector within the local area. We provide a strong coherent and cohesive representation of the third sector with clear links to Community Planning Partnerships and Single Outcome Agreements.

TSI WI are funded to deliver the following four areas of activity across the whole local authority area:

  • Volunteering development
  • Social Enterprise development
  • Supporting and developing a strong third sector
  • Building the third sector relationship with community planning

We work closely with our network of TSI colleagues, Voluntary Action Scotland and Scottish Government to improve the quality of our services, keep up to date with volunteering issues and act as a two way link between local volunteering and the Scottish Government.

We provide information, advice and support to Individuals interested in volunteering, volunteer managers, voluntary groups, clubs and organisations, private and public sector organisations and companies to actively encourage, support and promote volunteering.

Staff Team

Kirsty Macdonald, Joint Manager
Suzanne Macaulay, Joint Manager
Angelique Macdonald, Admin and Finance Officer
Bellann O’Brien, Development Worker (Lewis)
Kate Langley, Development Worker (Harris)
Adam Keltie, Development Worker (Uist)
Katherine MacNeil, Development Worker (Barra)

Annual Reports and Work Plans

The Volunteer Centre uses the Learning Evaluation And Planning method of monitoring and evaluation of its work. You can also view and download Annual Reports.

Company details

On 28th January 2010 the Volunteer Centre Western Isles became a company limited by Guarantee.

Registered address: 95 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DG. Company no. SC371733, Charity no. SCO27472.