If you are at a loose end and wish to try something new, there’s currently no shortage of volunteering opportunities in Uist.
No matter your age or skill set, it appears there is a volunteer opening right now.
Caraidean Uibhist is a registered charity that provides one-to-one, telephone and group interventions for anyone over 16 years going through a period of loneliness. They are on the lookout for people to act as befrienders and drivers.
You can contact them via their Facebook page, where there is a video explaining a little more about how you can help.
Meanwhile, if you have green fingers, you may wish to spare two hours on March 9 for Tagsa Uibhist Community Garden’s Volunteers Day, Generations Gardening Together.
Tagsa Uibhist is a community-based project that promotes gardening as a way to enhance health and well-being by “producing nutritious food and being a healthy and social activity for everyone involved.”
However, if you can spare some time on Tuesdays, you can help RSPB Highlands and Islands tackle the rhododendron invasion at the Druidibeg Reserve on South Uist.
Rhododendron is a non-native invasive species, and you can drop by the reserve to help remove seedlings any Tuesday until March 29 between 9 am and 12 noon.
The Drop-In sessions are being hosted by Claire Bird and are free. A poster will be on the car park display board each Tuesday detailing where the day’s work is taking place.
If gardening is not your thing, however, you might want to lend a hand as a volunteer at the forthcoming Eilean Dorcha Festival. The organisers need volunteers for July 21 - 23. You find out more and sign up via the edffestival.com website.