Welcome to the Volunteer Centre Western Isles website, your guide to volunteering opportunities and other Volunteer Centre services available in the Western Isles.

Whether you wish to volunteer yourself or are part of an organisation wishing to recruit volunteers you can find the information you need to get started right here.

The Western Isles or Outer Hebrides, (officially known for local government purposes by the Gaelic name, Na h-Eileanan Siar) comprise an island chain off the north west coast of Scotland.

The island chain forms part of the Hebrides, separated from the Scottish mainland and from the Inner Hebrides by the stormy waters of the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides.

The Scottish Household survey 2010 showed that 57% of those surveyed volunteered in the last 12 months, this is almost double the Scottish average from the same survey. It is expected that this figure would be higher if all those volunteering recognised it as volunteering. The islands have a high level of community involvement, which in some cases is well above the national average.



Volunteer Awards 2016


The Volunteer Centre Western Isles is based in Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra. We can proudly say that we have a higher percentage of people volunteering than anywhere else in the country!

The Volunteer Awards celebrate and recognise the essential volunteering contribution made by people and organisations within our communities.



Do you know...


...someone who deserves to be recognised for their contribution through volunteering?


...an organisation that provides vital support for volunteering?

                                  If so, please nominate them for one of our Volunteer Awards!



The categories are...

  • Young Volunteer of the Year (Under 25)
  • Volunteer of the Year (Over 25)
  • Organisation of the Year
  • Services to Volunteering (outstanding contribution award)


Volunteer Awards Ceremonies will take place in Stornoway, Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay during nationalVolunteers Week, 1st – 7th June


A nomination form can be downloaded from the link below.


Volunteer Nominations Form


You can find us on Facebook under ‘Volunteer Centre Western Isles’ or for further information please contact Bellann O’Brien at Volunteer Centre Western Isles, 95 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, 01851 700366 / email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Closing date for nominations is Thursday 12th May