Volunteering with Highland Communities Credit Union

Highland Communities Credit Union is a not for profit, community cooperative, run by its members for its members.

Similar to banks, Credit Unions provide a Savings and Loans service with a built in Life Insurance Policy. It differs from a bank, in that all profit made on interest from loans is paid directly back into the Credit Union and no shareholders are rewarded. There are no large bonuses paid out and no risky investments.

Highland Communities Credit Union is currently looking for:

Please click the position or positions you are interested in for more information.


Lochaber’s Talking Newspaper for the Visually Impaired is looking for Volunteers.

Our Volunteers do jobs as Editors, Readers, Technicians or Administration personnel but at the moment it is admin folks we are short of.

All the jobs except the admin one require one to two hours of your time on a Thursday evening from 7 p.m. when the recording is done at An Drochaid.

Volunteers work on a rota basis but turns can be swapped with other volunteers if needed. Travel expenses can be claimed.

The Administrative position requires 2 hours of your time on a Thursday afternoon once a month and involves preparing the mail pouches to be sent out and blanking the memory sticks which contain the recording.  Although you would be working on your own it’s not a complicated procedure and training is always given and assistance is only a phone call away.

If you fancy joining our team or if you want more information about the admin position any of the other jobs please get in touch with Heather; tel: 01397 702240 or email:  dheathergunn@gmail.com


Ewen’s Room – Helpline and/or Telephone Befriending Volunteer

Ewen’s Room operates a telephone and text-based service offering emotional support to people in West Lochaber experiencing loneliness, social isolation, anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. The service operates from 5 pm to 10 pm on Monday to Friday and 12 noon to 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Outwith these hours we operate a service providing a “telephone friend” service to people who would appreciate a pre-arranged weekly call and the opportunity to chat to someone.

For further details, please contact: Hugh Asher at hugh@ewenrsroom.com or phone 07976 371538



Highland Communities Credit Union – Director

Credit Unions are financial co-operatives, and as such HCCU is run by and for its members, therefore we encourage as many as possible to get involved. Joining our Board of Directors is one way that you can truly make a difference to your community – by giving your opinion and contributing to the running of a financial service that benefits everyone in the Highlands. We want to hear what you have to say about financial issues, and work together to look for ways that we can work with the public to develop good money management habits.

Main duties of a Director include:

  • Supervision of volunteers and staff
  • Ensuring compliance with the law and regulations set down by the Prudential Regulation Authority, Financial Conduct Authority and other bodies
  • Setting policies and procedures
  • Ensuring that any work decided upon at meetings is undertaken promptly and efficiently, within the allotted time frame
  • Taking an active part in meetings, voicing opinions and carrying out research
  • Contribute effectively to the successive, strategical and business planning and progression of the Credit Union

For further information, please contact Cheryl Macfarlane at cheryl.macfarlane@hccu.co.uk or phone 01397 700746


The Buzz Project – General Assistant

Description of Opportunity:

  • To help with the administration of membership.
  • To assist with the running of events including setting up the studio, administration and hospitality for visiting professionals.
  • To maintain stock control of refreshments.
  • To serve refreshments to members.
  • To deal with donations as they come in.
  • To assist with the preparation and distribution of publicity materials for events.
  • To keep the venue safe, clean and tidy.
  • To attend relevant training sessions.

Skills & Experience Required:

  • No specific qualifications are required.
  • Basic maths and English skills.
  • A commitment to providing a quality service.
  • An ability to relate well to other people.
  • Reliability.
  • A sense of humour.

Time Commitment Required:

  • At least 2 hours per week.

Training offered with this Opportunity:

  • Training can be provided on a range of topics including customer care, food hygiene, first aid, financial management, as well as technical topics including PA and lighting events.

For further information, or if interested, please contact Julie Wileman at info@thebuzzproject.org 


Committee Member – Fort William Town Team


  • Attend one committee meeting per month.
  • Attend volunteer meeting per month
  • Attend two litter picks per year
  • Come up with ideas
  • Helping to organise Christmas events.
  • Liaise with companies regarding Christmas Gathering.
  • Help or assist with hanging baskets/gardening.

Time commitment required for this volunteering opportunity:

  • 1 – 2 hours per week

If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity, please contact Karen Dean at karen@fortwilliamtownteam.co.uk