The Barra Co-op Local Forum is one of only five pilot schemes established in Scotland to bring together local Co-operative members, customers and colleagues to make good things happen in their local area.


This October pupils from Castlebay School received recognition for the volunteering hours they have accumulated since the beginning of the year.

The Saltire awards scheme, initiated by the Scottish Government, recognises the significant contribution made by young volunteers in our community. Certificates are issued as young people reach milestones of 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours. Well done to everyone who is taking part, and in particular to Jessica MacNeil and Catherine Sinclair who have achieved 500 hours.


Congratulations to Castlebay School pupil Catherine Sinclair who was recently presented with the Volunteer Centre Award for Volunteering Excellence on Barra. The award is presented annually to the Secondary pupil who, during their school years, has contributed to school life and to the community by volunteering.

On Saturday 20th June families came together in Castlebay to take part in the Volunteer Centre’s Family Volunteering Day. The day featured several fun activities which were suitable for all ages, at the same time the event promoted the benefits of volunteering as a family or with friends.

Pupils and staff from Castlebay Community School took some time away from their busy Christmas schedule to recognise the impact made by young volunteers on Barra. Pupils have been taking part in the Scottish government’s Saltire Awards by recording all the volunteering hours they have completed for various groups.


There are lots of exciting opportunities to volunteer on Barra, and lots you can get involved in. Look out for our Barra volunteering poster or contact the Barra office on 01871 890775 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Barra Volunteer Awards were held in Castlebay Hall on Friday 6th of June 2014. The awards are held to celebrate the wonderful work carried out by volunteers in our community, and many of the volunteers nominated for an award this year gathered together to reflect on the very positive impact volunteering makes on Barra and Vatersay.

Volunteers and neighbours came together to hold Barra's first ever Big Lunch. Volunteering is at the heart of the community on Barra, but every busy volunteer needs a break; a chance to sit and chat with their neighbours and take life a little easy. So the Volunteer Centre in Northbay decided to host a Big Lunch open to everyone in the community.