Amanda MacDonald, the Development Worker at VCWI’s Balivanich office, delivered a workshop on Family Volunteering at the annual North Alliance conference, held 7 October, in Nairn. The workshop was developed as a follow-up to the Family Volunteering pilot project, which saw more than 30 families take part in two Family Volunteering Fair events, held in Uist and Barra.

Around 20 conference delegates attended the Family Volunteering workshop, which included discussion on the positive impact that volunteering can have on families, as well as the variety of ways to include families, including those with very young children, in volunteering. The workshop feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and several attendees are looking forward to bringing Family Volunteering back to their own communities.

Volunteer Centre Western Isles staff are also keen to continue their Family Volunteering work, so if you’d like to learn more about involving family volunteers in your organisation, or about getting your own family involved in volunteering, please get in touch with your local VCWI office.

The North Alliance conference, which is attended by community development and community education professionals from across the north of Scotland, regularly features workshops highlighting successful community projects. For more information on North Alliance, visit