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.
Arran CVS was established in 1965 to co-ordinate voluntary effort on the Island of Arran.
Currently there are over 120 voluntary and community groups operating on Arran.
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:
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 is responsible to the Arran CVS Board for providing strategic leadership and also has a hands on role in operation al work due to team capacity. As part of her Third Sector Interface lead responsibility Vicki provides strategic representation as part of her Third Sector Interface lead responsibility for the third sector within the realms of Children’s Services and Health and Social Care. She holds a seat on the integrated Joint Board and the Children’s Services Strategic Partnership providing a voice for third sector organisations across North Ayrshire and Arran. At a local level Vicki is the Senior Lead officer with the Arran Locality Partnership and also holds a rotational annual seat on the Community Planning Partnership as the Third Sector Representative alongside other community planning partners.Read full bio
Carol provides management support for the Arran CVS team and oversees day to day running of the office, events and vario us projects. Her other key duties include representing Arran CVS on the Arran Locality Partnership, a variety of North Ayrshire and Arran steering groups and meetings including becoming the most recent Chair of the Community Engagement Network.Read full bio
James is responsible for recruitment of, and engagement with volunteers, overseeing lunch clubs, the Umbrella Group and the Saltire awards for young volunteers aged 12-25. Within his role James assists organisations with a range of topics from constitution support, charity registration, filing to OSCR & Companies House, and identifying funding sources on their behalf. James also deals with PVG applications to Disclosure Scotland and is also responsible accounts maintenance.Read full bio
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 l community who are unable to access existing transport, or where appropriate transport does not exist. Sarah will be liaising with volunteers, suppliers, external organisations and service users to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the community transport service.Read full bio
Community Link Worker (Arran)
The Community Link Worker role is described as a non-clinical social practitioner, providing support beyond the scope of medical treatment. CLW’s are included in the GP surgery multi-disciplinary team. Lorraine provides Social Prescribing or signposting to relevant support services, NHS Weight Management and Smoking Cessation on Arran. Lorraine works within the Arran Medical Group practices around the island and forms part of a bigger link worker team under the remit of the Health & Social Care Partnership in North Ayrshire & Arran.Read full bio
Health and Social Care Development Officer
Alison is mainland based and supports, promotes and connects third sector North Ayrshire organisation’s working in Hea lth and Social Care in North Ayrshire as well as representation on a variety of forums across North Ayrshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership.Read full bio
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 ker team of 12 who are all part of the HSCP in North Ayrshire & Arran. Community Link Workers are non-clinical social practitioners that go beyond the scope of medical treatment and work as part of the GP surgery multi-disciplinary team. They also work closely within the community, keeping in contact with other organisation’s and community groups enabling them to offer the most up to date information of support and services for members of the community.Read full bio
Ronna is the friendly first contact of Arran CVS. Her role is to respond to queries from the public, the many groups and organisation’s on Arran and support or signpost where necessary. Ronna can help you with our varied office services, booking equipment and with applications to join our free membership.Read full bio
My wife and I have been permanent residents on Arran for 20 years. I am involved in various community activities, e.g., Community Council, Local village improvements group, Arran Development Trust, Arran Economic Group, & the CalMac Community Board. I have worked in Finance & Business Planning at senior level within the electronics industry covering Europe, Middle East & Africa. I operated a successful Management Consultancy company delivering management services for general material planning & financial modelling together with effective management structure analysis services.Read full bio
I relocated to Arran in 1972, having been educated & completing my electrician apprenticeship in Glasgow. I set up a sel f-employed electrical business then diversified with my wife Shauna into running a Craft & Antique shop, latterly self-catering cottages. I have held various positions with ACVS as a Committee member, Director, Chair, and now Vice Chair for more years than I care to remember. I was a Community Councillor, Vice Chair of the old Arran Tourist Board & was an Arran Director of the Ayrshire & Arran Tourist Board. I was appointed for a time to represent Ayrshire & Arran Tourism on The Convention of the Highlands & Islands. I acted as local adviser in the setting up of the Lochranza Distillery. I have been Chair, now committee member of the Corrie and Sannox village body & was involved in setting up the Corrie & Sannox Harbour Trust as well as the Corrie Capers Civic Week. I was a founder member & twice president of the now defunct Rotary Club of the Island of Arran.Read full bio
I have been associated with Arran Community and Voluntary Service since 2003. Formerly CEO, and following my retirement 3 years ago, I am involved as a Director and Trustee. I held a senior HR position in British Gas (BG) until 1998 at the Corporate Headquarters in London. My HR experience included periods with Global Gas and the Offshore operations in Exploration & Production in addition to the Pipeline subsidiary – Transco. Prior to my move to BG headquarters, I was Management Tutor at the BG Residential Management Training Centre at Burcott-on-Thames. My formative years were spent as a Personnel Manager in BG. On retirement from the Gas Industry, I was Manager of Saltcoats and Arran Citizens Advice Bureau.Read full bio
I have been a member on the board of Arran CVS since 2003, first as the councillor representative for North Ayrshire Cou ncil (9 years), and latterly as an ordinary member & a member of the staffing committee. As a resident of Arran for fifty years plus I have witnessed the development of ACVS from the original Arran Council of Social Service to the agent it now is for the Third Sector and a partner in the larger association with The Ayrshire Community Trust. ACVS has long had a valued role on Arran dealing with the particular needs of the island community which are often unique to island situations.Read full bio
I work in Lamlash Primary School and have taught all age groups. Having obtained a degree in Civil Engineering I worked as a Chartered Engineer before going into teaching. Both careers have allowed me to watch something grow whether it was a road from planning stage to completion or see a child grasp new concepts in learning. I am also keen on Sustainability and the UN Global Goals which are a cornerstone of the work that ACVS does. Out of school I enjoy having people come to visit us at Kilpatrick Farm on the lambing days and playing with the two ponies we have on the farm. I am also class organiser for Arran Highland Dancers and on the committee of Feis Arainn, as well as being mum to 3 growing girls. Read full bio
I run an adventure tourism business on Arran. I have a postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, and previously worked in that sector for 20 years, working mainly with upper primary and secondary age students. During that time, I also worked with Youth at Risk, and young people on Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Award schemes. I volunteer on the island with Arran Kayak Club and the Arran Junior Sailing Club. My other interests include drama and attempting to play guitar.Read full bio
Arran Community & Voluntary Service provides a comprehensive range of services to third sector organisations.