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Safe Families Western Isles

Safe Families Western Isles

Facing life alone is hard, and when you feel there is no one there to support you it is a scary place to be. Therefore, at Safe Families we offer support, hope and belonging to improve the lives of those in our communities. We link children, young people and families with local volunteers who can offer them help and support.

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Safe Families Western Isles

Loving abundantly 

Supporting with hope, generosity and dignity

Building community

Establishing positive relationships that bring security and connection

Trusting boldly 

Believing for lives transformed and in a God who can do more than we can ask or imagine

Empowerment: Enabling potential 

Confident that everyone has the ability to thrive

Serving together 

We know we can’t do it alone, so we invest in strong, honest and honouring partnerships

Our Services

Catherine MacDonald - Volunteer Manager


Your Family and Safe Families

If you're in need of support, know that you're not alone. Safe Families is a group that can provide you with the help you need through their network of volunteers. Remember, it's okay to ask for help and take care of yourself. You deserve to feel supported and heard. Click below for more information


Volunteer with Safe Families

Volunteering with Safe Families Western Isles is a great way to make a difference in your community and help families in need. Whether you would be available for a few hours during the week or month, you would be making a positive impact on families lives. Click for more information.

“My time and relationship with D is amazing, out of this world and so so blessed to have her. Thank you for the good work and finding a good fit for me.”

Testimony from a Family

Families Supported and Volunteers Gained

Families Supported


Active Volunteers.


In-Training Volunteers


Your Family and Safe Families
Your Family and Safe Families

Your Family and Safe Families

We have a network of volunteers who give their time and skills to you and your family. The volunteers are people willing, without pay, to provide support and friendship to a family going through a tough time; just like a good friend, neighbour, or grandparent.

They have all had an enhanced police check to ensure they are safe to work with you and your family. We have also spoken to them, been to their homes, and given them training, so we know they will help you safely. Their home and family has been approved as a good and safe place for a child to be.


Safe Families Western Isles accept referrals from families who have a child/children ages 3-15. There are no limits on who can refer, and we also accept self-referrals. Referral agencies can include Schools, GP’s, Health Visitors, Mental Health, Social Work etc. To make a referral for someone or for yourself, please contact the team


How to Volunteer


Family Friend

​​Volunteers who come alongside parents/carers and/or children to support them to get back on their feet e.g. meeting a parent at their home to have a cup of tea and catch-up, taking a parent/guardian for a walk or helping with housework, taking a child to the play-park.


Host Families

Volunteers who are able to have children and young people stay overnight in their home for a short time e.g. Mum going into hospital overnight to have a baby and her children need cared for, or respite if parent/guardian overwhelmed.


Resource Friends

Volunteers who can provide items such as a cot/pram or appliance or provide skills such as gardening/painting/joinery and can provide these to help a family in need.

There is also the option to become a prayer partner or a financial contributor towards the work of Safe Families Western Isles locally which also goes towards the families we support. For more information on volunteering you can contact Catherine directly on,  or 01851 827308


11 Francis Street

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis



01851 827308



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Donations and Contributions

To support our Safe Families team in their efforts to provide assistance to the Western Isles community, there are various donation options available for you to consider. Making a bank transfer is the most convenient method of donation. Please find our bank details below.

Account Name: The Shed Project

Sort Code: 80-22-60

Account Number: 13498560

Reference: Safe Families Western Isles or SFWI


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