badenoch & strathspey transport co.

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers and are happy to find opportunities for you to match any talents or skills you may have.
We currently are in need of volunteer drivers to join our Community Car Scheme, especially in Kingussie, Grantown and Boat of Garten.
Our befriending project, Here 2 Help, is also desperately seeking new volunteer befrienders in Grantown.



​Tel: 01479 810 004


Befrienders highland

We are a small voluntary organisation working to improve the lives of people who are lonely and isolated and have experience of mental ill health; memory difficulties or dementia and carers .

We work across the Highland and Argyll and Bute Regions of Scotland.

Our befriending services have helped improve the confidence, wellbeing and social belonging of hundreds of people in our communities.  We offer befriending using the Recovery approach: "Refocus".

Over 700 trained and supported volunteers have provided confidential 1-1 and Group befriending in a variety of ways to best suit individuals.


Face to Face befriending in Inverness, Nairn or Wick areas for people with mental ill health.

Distance Befriending by phone, letter or email across the Highlands & Argyll and Bute regions for people with mental ill health, for people with dementia or memory difficulties or who are adult unpaid carers.

Group Befriending - we offer a range of group befriending opportunities available to all Friends and Volunteers. We currently have Walk and Talk groups, A gardening Group, a Cinema and discussion group.  We also have groups that do not meet but communicate through BHL magazines, a Craft group and a Creative Writing group.



​Tel: 01463 712 791


british red cross

We help anyone, anywhere in the UK and around the world, get the support they need if crisis strikesbritish red cross


​Tel: 01479 810 389


project scotland

ProjectScotland helps young people aged 16-30 to get on in life through volunteering, whilst doing good in their community. We place young people into 13-week voluntary roles with local charities and not-for-profits. We take time to understand their needs, interests, and hopes for the future, before matching them to a volunteering placement and supporting them to reach their potential.

To give our young people every chance we run job-hunting workshops on CV writing, interview skills, and LinkedIn. Our young people also benefit from a ProjectScotland mentor who offers invaluable one-to-one support so our young people can take their next steps with confidence.

email :-



vabs - volunteering


Voluntary Action in Badenoch & Strathspey (VABS) is a local organisation whose mission is to support third sector organisations (community & voluntary groups, social enterprises) throughout Badenoch and Strathspey. VABS is part of the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) and has offices in Grantown on Spey. It is a charitable company limited by guarantee, overseen by a Board of Directors who are drawn from various organisations operating in the local communities.

VABS provides a wide range of services offering advice, support and practical help with:

  • Governance
  • Volunteering
  • Fundraising
  • Recruitment and Payroll
  • Accounting and Book-keeping
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Learning and Development
  • Community Facilitation


Contact: or

Phone:-  01479 873445


40 years of Steam Rail Travel in the Highlands

The Strathspey Railway invites you to step aboard our trains this year and help celebrate forty years of the return of steam travel through the Highlands of Scotland.

Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this ten mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew , carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travelled along the track.

With three train services, each steam operating day, travelling through some of Scotland’s finest scenery, sit back and relax and if you wish there’s food and drink on board. Our on board catering includes Light Lunch on the 12.30 service and Traditional Afternoon Tea on the 14.45 service. A fine selection of Highland whisky is supplemented by local craft ales. Why not treat yourself to your own four seat compartment in our First Class carriage?

Whatever you choose, your steam journey will provide a lasting memory of how railway travel through the Highlands of Scotland used to be and thanks to our dedicated preservationists and our passengers’ enjoyment, will continue for another forty years.



Volunteers are needed for all three stations. Duties will include looking after the station, welcoming visitors, ensuring passengers board and disembark safely, selling tickets and shop goods. At Aviemore you may carry out only some of these duties. At Boat of Garten and Broomhill you will, eventually, be in full charge. Training will be provided, of course. The extent of your commitment will be up to you. You may choose to come on a particular day (or days) each week, or can come on odd days when you are available.


To find out more the contacts are:

Aviemore – Maureen Cuthbertson –

Boat of Garten – Robert Walters

Broomhill – Nick Thomson – best to visit Broomhill station or phone 01479 851304 at the weekend

Click HERE to fill in and submit an application form.


You can volunteer on the Strathspey Steam Railway
The railway has a healthy membership of volunteers, but we are always looking for more. We are always looking for volunteers with skills from all walks of life. Don’t worry if you think you wont be able to assist. Volunteering can take many  different forms, and we have had electricians, joiners, upholsterers, lawyers, cooks, plumbers and painters…. the list goes on and on. And we have plenty of jobs that can fit in with all interests and capabilities.

You can also work with people in many other departments that utilize other knowledge and skills. As you can see from the list below there is wide range of roles to be undertaken, why not get in touch with your local railway to see how you could help…

Click HERE to fill in and submit an application form.


Volunteering opportunities are available with RSPB, Abernethy

They are but not limited to as follows:

Visitor engagement work (chatting to our visitors at the Loch Garten Osprey Centre) Available from April
General reserve work (practical land management/habitat creation etc)
Monitoring and survey work
Local work parties with the community ranger

Contact details
Chris Tilbury - Assistant Warden

Forest Lodge, Nethy Bridge  PH25 3EF

Telephone 01479 821895    Office  01479 821409
Mobile 07920296859