Volunteers Week 2020


1 – 7 June is Volunteers Week and here at Volunteer Centre Western Isles, we would like to encourage all local groups and organisations to say thank you to their volunteers for their time and work throughout the year.


The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the essential role of volunteers in our communities – take time to say thank you this Volunteers Week.


Visit https://www.volunteersweek.scot/get-involved/resources/ to get involved!


You can also:

  • send a Thank you e-card – Volunteers Week Thank you Card

  • make time to phone to say thank you

  • say thank you them on social media

  • download our  Volunteers Week posters below


Make sure your volunteers know they are appreciated this Volunteers Week!


Why not take some time think about getting creative and about different ways to thank volunteers or thank that special volunteer?

Take pics or videos for #VolunteersWeekScot and use our hashtags:







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.

Another social distancing Intergenerational visit happening today

We @voluntercentrewi and @SYPrimary look forward to seeing you all @Trusthousing Lewis Street, Stornoway with some highland dancers.

Sun, please stay out


Volunteers Week 1-7 June

How will you say THANK YOU to your volunteers?

See @volunteercentrewi for more info




Head over to the Stornoway Golf Club today at 10am to help unload pallets for the Foodbank

Delighted to have nominated The Volunteer Centre Western Isles to receive a donation from Nfu Mutual's national £1 million 'Agency Giving Fund' . Thank you @VolunteeringWI for everything you are doing to support our community during this challenging time.


Click on link to hear Joshua Morrison entertaining tenants at Trust Housing Matheson Road

Covid 19 Volunteering. Joshua Morrison piped for tenants of Trust Housing, Lewis Street and Matheson Road, Stornoway
All kept to social distance guidelines and the sun was shining.

Covid 19 entertainment to residents at Trust Housing, Matheson Road Stornoway. Fantasic dancer and some lovely gaelic singing, all sang along


Creative Breaks funding programme open now – grants for third sector organisations

£600,000 funding for short breaks projects for carers and the people they care for: APPLY NOW!
Go to Creative Breaks webpage for more details

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