Arran CVS was established in 1965 to co-ordinate voluntary efforts on the Island of Arran. We are a local charitable organisation that provides a range of information and office services to voluntary and community organisations operating on Arran.

What we do

There are over 120 voluntary and community groups operating on Arran. Our core activity is to offer information and practical help to existing groups in managing their organisations and activities. Set up, governance support, funding information and support, links to local and national policy, opportunities to connect with others and develop a collective voice are all part of the services we provide.

As partners in the Third Sector Interface, we hold lead responsibility for third sector Health and Social Care and Children’s services representation across North Ayrshire. this work is informed by various thematic third sector forums and ongoing connections with organisations and service providers.

Additionally, social isolation is currently a national issue, it has also been identified locally as a priority within the Locality Planning Partnership and Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). With this in mind, and very few other local organisations to offer targeted activities we worked closely with HSCP to develop several projects which we support in the community.

56 years

Arran CVS was established in 1965 to co-ordinate voluntary effort on the Island of Arran.

120 groups

Currently there are over 120 voluntary and community groups operating on Arran.

32 TSI’s

We are part of a national network of 32 TSI's throughout Scotland.

What is the TSI network?

The TSI Scotland Network is a body of charities that support the third sector across Scotland. There are 32 Third Sector Interfaces in Scotland, one for each local authority area.

The third sector includes charities, community groups, development trusts, social enterprises and the volunteering sector. It was recognised that the role of the TSIs needed to change and the focus of TSIs was to take a more strategic role in third sector involvement in community planning and health and social care integration and in responding to local needs and outcomes.

Our key function is to help the third sector in the following ways:

  • Building Capacity
  • Source of Knowledge
  • Connecting partners
  • Voice of the Sector

Our History

Arran Council for Voluntary Service, set up in 1965, was the founding name of Arran Community and Voluntary Services as it is know as today.  ArranCVS was established to assist with community groups and to champion social change on the island.

It all started in an office above The Ship Inn, known locally as Jimmy Gordons, before moving to the new office on Park Terrace.  The founding members established the charity to ‘promote purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Isle of Aran in particular the advancement of education, health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness’.

Who we are

Arran Community and Voluntary Service comprise of an Executive Committee,

Vicki Yuill

Chief Executive Officer

Vicki is responsible to the Arran CVS Board for providing strategic leadership and also has a hands on role in operation Read full bio

Carol Norton

Operations Manager

Carol provides management support for the Arran CVS team and oversees day to day running of the office, events and vario Read full bio

James Conlan

Development Officer

James is responsible for recruitment of, and engagement with volunteers, overseeing lunch clubs, the Umbrella Group and Read full bio

Sarah Blair

Community Transport Co-ordinator

Sarah is our new Community Transport Co-ordinator and is piloting a low cost door to door transport service for the loca Read full bio

Lorraine Hewie

Community Link Worker (Arran)

The Community Link Worker role is described as a non-clinical social practitioner, providing support beyond the scope of Read full bio

Alison Chalmers

Health and Social Care Development Officer

Alison is mainland based and supports, promotes and connects third sector North Ayrshire organisation’s working in Hea Read full bio

Michelle Trainer

Community Link Worker (Cumbrae & Largs)

Michelle is the Community Link Worker based on the mainland working within Largs & Millport as part of a bigger Link Wor Read full bio

Ronna Park


Ronna is the friendly first contact of Arran CVS. Her role is to respond to queries from the public, the many groups and Read full bio

Bill Calderwood

My wife and I have been permanent residents on Arran for 20 years. I am involved in various community activities, e.g., Read full bio

Jim Lees

I relocated to Arran in 1972, having been educated & completing my electrician apprenticeship in Glasgow. I set up a sel Read full bio

Jim Nichols

I have been associated with Arran Community and Voluntary Service since 2003. Formerly CEO, and following my retirement Read full bio

Margie Currie

I have been a member on the board of Arran CVS since 2003, first as the councillor representative for North Ayrshire Cou Read full bio

Alison Henderson

I work in Lamlash Primary School and have taught all age groups. Having obtained a degree in Civil Engineering I worked Read full bio

Andy McNamara

I run an adventure tourism business on Arran. I have a postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, and previously worked Read full bio

Arran Community & Voluntary Service provides a comprehensive range of services to third sector organisations.

We are a local charitable organisation that provides a range of information and office services to voluntary and community organisations operating on Arran.


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