COVID-19 and Volunteering

Please visit our Volunteer COVID-19 Portal – a new information page set up to provide you with volunteer information and volunteering help and support though the COVID-19 pandemic.

As lockdown eases, organisations need to think about how staff and volunteers can continue to work safely. We have sample policies and risk assessments available for you to download and use on the Volunteer COVID-19 Portal

Volunteer Scotland have provided practical guidance and advice for organisations preparing to restart their volunteer programmes post Covid-19 restrictions.

From Monday 9th August, Scotland will move beyond level 0 out of the level systems. Everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious.


  • Advice for Voluntary Organisations:



  • Advice for volunteers:



Please visit the SCVO website for more information on leaving  lockdown and how to support your staff and volunteers throughout.


Volunteer Centre Western Isles supports the COVID-19 response in the following ways:

  • Find you a volunteer opportunity, where possible and safe to do so;
  • Support to COVID-19 volunteers who have signed up to help through the Scottish Governments Ready Scotland site;
  • Help to promote local volunteer roles related to the COVID-19 community response;
  • Providing advice and guidance on volunteering safely when dealing with vulnerable members of the public;
  • Support to community groups and organisations with volunteer management, sample policies;
  • Signposting to TSIWI partners for  funding advice and support;
  • Communicate with local volunteers and organisations to let them know what is happening and connect them where relevant

What does this mean for volunteering?

Services which are essential are still being provided in communities. There has been a resumption of some additional volunteering, permitted under the measures outlined in Phases 1 to 3. Volunteers are encouraged to look out for their neighbours. Please ensure you heed all relevant advice around staying safe and keeping others around you safe. Check out the guidance from Ready Scotland.

Please continue to check our website news, Facebook and Instagram for the latest volunteering opportunities, updates and good practice guides.

Get in touch with any questions – we are here to help!

Meantime thank you and please Think Local, Act Local.

Our latest news >

Youth Volunteering>

If you are 25 or under, volunteer with us – you never know where it could take you! We have opportunities throughout the Outer Hebrides – tell us what you are interested in and we will help you find a volunteering opportunity. Watch local girl Eleanor Nicolson’s volunteer journey, produced by the Wee Studio.

For Volunteers >

Search for a volunteering opportunity >>

Use our online function to search for local volunteer opportunities and find out what you can offer in your local area.

Visit the Volunteer Wiki >>

An online resource to give volunteer managers access to high quality, reliable and up to date information on managing volunteers.

For Organisations >

  • Workshops and Training
    Workshops and Training

    We offer a range of free Volunteer Management Training through our Training Programme which runs across the Outer Herbrides.

  • Networks and Forums
    Networks and Forums

    We run Volunteer Network meetings for volunteer managers. The VOLNET meetings are very informal and offer managers a chance to share practice and network.fr

  • Template Volunteer Policy
    Sample Volunteering Policy

    You can download template Volunteer Policies here or contact us for support to develop your organisations volunteer policies.

Volunteer opportunity - Blythswood Shop, Stornoway

Flexible hours - contact lewis@volunteercentrewi.org for more detailed information

A great opportunity to volunteer as part of the friendly and welcoming Thursday Lunch Club at the Failte Centre, Stornoway for 2 or 3 hours per week
E-mail lewis@volunteercentrewi.org for more info

Job opportunity with a great team!

For anyone interested in #GreatBritishBeachClean litter picking kits are available to borrow from @VolunteeringWI
Prior booking is required e-mail lewis@voluntercentrwi.org

Our Annual Report is ready to go, thanks to Bryan @stornowaymediacentre
Click on link to see some of the amazing volunteering which took place throughout the Western Isles 2020-2021


Volunteer Opportunity -Trustee Board Member
The role is both interesting and varied. It includes development of strategy and oversight of service development.
Contact lewis@volunteercentre.org for more info

July/August Volunteer opportunities from Volunteer Centre Western Isles

Please get if you would like more information

E-mail lewis@volunteercentrewi.org or marion@volunteercentrewi.org



A great way to recycle shoes your children have outgrown #salsshoes

"Shoes are relatively difficult to recycle because of all the different components they are made up.
So we find them new feet."

Take a look at http://www.salsshoes.com


This year's S3 @ypi_scotland winners Rebecca, Ruairidh and Darren won £3K for Bus Bharraigh to increase electric bus use and reduce our carbon footprint. Well done to them! Thanks to Miss Rafferty and Katherine MacNeil @VolunteeringWI for their support.

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