Lochaber Hope

Charity registered in Scotland SC037003

To support partnership in community rehabilitation and create a community led skills environment. To develop positive motivation and improve self esteem. To provide a safe, secure learning environment. To develop outreach potential in Lochaber. To encourage recycling in Lochaber.

Current opportunities

Lochaber Hope is expanding the services that it currently offers to include a new woodworking focused social enterprise branch: The Workshop. Our inaugural project will be to build a skiff – a primarily therapeutic project intended to encourage the well-being of participants through the production of something which will be used to the benefit of others. The skiff will be of the St Ayles design, and will be unique in that it will be built for disabled access. We are excited to launch this project and are keen to identify participants.

Lochaber Hope have a vacancy on our Board of Directors for a Board member Are you someone who is keen to support a local charity and can spare a few hours a month to join a strong team of Directors ? The Directors at Lochaber Hope are committed to ensuring that this vitally needed charity can continue its work. The Team of six come from a wide range of backgrounds. Ideally, we are looking for someone with a business background and/ or someone in their early career. If this sounds like you, please contact Alyson Smith at Lochaber Hope for more details. We would encourage any applicant to meet with the Manager and the Directors and attend a few board meetings to ascertain the role requirement, the ability for the applicant to meet this requirement, how Lochaber Hope can support the applicant.

Volunteering opportunities at ‘The Workshop’ Lochaber Hope, Dalanahaine, Belford Road, Fort William, PH33 6ES ‘The Workshop’ is building a St Ayle’s Skiff starting March 2020 and ending around August 2020, when The Workshop will focus on producing bespoke, quality wooden items of furniture. Volunteer opportunities are available for anyone who would like to be involved in the project or to learn or provide support to learners in woodworking skills. The aim of The Workshop is to reduce social isolation and suicide in Lochaber, therefore the opportunity is encouraging people who are isolated or vulnerable to get involved in a safe, positive environment.

To set up and host zoom meetings to connect the Lochaber Community, and identify people who are not coping during the coronavirus isolation. Meetings can be themed, e.g. relaxation; for parents who are home schooling; for women, for men, weekend meetings, craft, supporting anxiety, age specific, creative writing, or they can be simply chat groups. We have currently over 50 meetings set up but need many more to meet the need in the community