COVID-19 Volunteer Response

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.


Thank you to the amazing response from the community the past couple of weeks. We’ve had a high number of people come forward to volunteer with local community groups across the Western Isles who are providing ongoing support for our most vulnerable citizens at this time.

Please note that opportunities to volunteer for voluntary organisations and public services are limited at this time. More volunteers will be required over the coming weeks and as these opportunities become available they will be added here.

In the meantime thank you and please Think Local, Act Local.


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


As of 23 March 2020 the government introduced 3 new measures:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every citizen must comply with these measures effective immediately.

What does this mean for volunteering?

Only services which are essential should be provided in communities. 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 opportunityFind out what you can offer in your local area

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 Centre AGM today and the last as Manager for Kirsty Macdonald.

Chairperson Mr Rowlands paid tribute to Kirsty for all her valued input over the years.


Let us know if you are interested in becoming a Telephone Befriender Volunteer


Happy to give you info on how to get started!

Have you listened to the @RadioVScotland season finale yet? Hear more inspiring stories, lockdown creativity from @AngieStrachan75 and a look back at how far we’ve come together over the past 12 weeks. Listen here: http://bit.ly/RadioVListen

Well done to Catherine and Lauren from @SirEScottSchool - they are the joint winners of the Volunteer Centre Trophy for Volunteering Excellence 2020! Here they are with their latest Saltire certificates. @SaltireAwards


Callanish certificates delivered safely yesterday to the outgoing @SirEScottSchool Primary Eco-Committee. Thank you 😊

A big thanks from our Uist Development Worker Vicki Manchester for the amazing response to her shout out for folk to make scrubs and masks.

Great effort and much appreciated!



Thanks to @SYPrimary children attending the Hub for taking the time to make lovely 3D flower pics along with words that describe volunteering.

It really brightens up our office window


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