Volunteering Opportunities

Looking for a project to get involved in?

Seeking helping hands for your event or activities?

Communities cannot thrive and be resilient through the challenges faced from climate change, economic pressures etc. without people. 

People are vital in helping to plan, discuss, organise and act on climate change and building a better community – and most, if not all, of it is done through volunteering their time, skills and knowledge. 


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Opportunities to get involved can take many forms and as well as that special glow volunteers get from helping to make a difference, you will also get to make new friends and connections, learn new skills, shape a place or space, share experiences, support others and help create a better place to live. 

We all know that our time resources are limited but we also know that helping each other, shaping our communities and creating long-term solutions is well worth our time and effort.

If you are seeking volunteers for your project, event, activities etc.

please get in touch with us and we can pop your information here.


E-mail us the following information:

__Project name__
__Contact information__
__Short summary of project and volunteer activities (100 words)__

__Any helpful images (JPEGs)__


Galloway Apple Project

This group aims to preserve the fruit varieties that have proven to do well in the Machars area; they graft old and heritage variety apple scions to create new trees which can be planted to increase the stock.


They would like help to do this and manage their stock – choosing good stock for taking scions, taking the scions and grafting in Winter, moving tree saplings when needed, identifying apples, choosing areas to plant the saplings etc. 


Email them: gallowayappleproject@gmail.com



Wigtown Bay Coastal Rowing Club

This group helps keep the sea and beaches around the Isle of Whithorn, where the club is based, clean and safe for both people and animals. 

Anyone is welcome to help out on picks – just bring gloves! Litter grabbers and bags are provided. 



Follow them on Facebook to see when they are next having a litter pick.


Visit their website: Wigtown Bay CRC (wigtownbaycoastalrowing.org)

Email them: wi*********************@gm***.com



East Wigtownshire Red Squirrels

This group aims to protect the red squirrels of the River Cree catchment and Machars area. 




Find out more online here:

RSFSS | East Wigtownshire Red Squirrel Group (southscotlandsquirrels.org.uk)


Find them on Facebook 



Get in touch: ew*****************@gm***.com 

Cree Valley Woodland Volunteers

Help out in a tree nursery!

The group meet on Wednesdays at the nursery which is at Barclye Farm, from around 10am-3pm, often followed by a coffee at the Belted Galloway in Newton Stewart.

New volunteers are very welcome, especially those with specialist skills, for example woodworking (for repairs etc.), nursery skills and knowledge of watering systems. 


If you are interested in helping out, please contact Peter Robinson: pe*******@gm***.com

O N US (Oceans Need Us) South-West Scotland

Are you keen to help keep our beaches and marine life safe, support measures to reduce the use of plastic and waste less? 

Find them on Facebook 


Email them: On********@gm***.com

Friends of Balkail Glen

A group in Glen Luce who meet up a few hours a week to restore native woodland in an historic glen.


Find out more online here: Old Luce – Old Luce

Catch updates on Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere Facebook page

Contact email: in**@ma*****.org

The MAC-CAN Croft

Help us develop a local growing space – orchard, food forest, No-Dig beds, pond, wildlife garden etc. 



The group meet on Wednesdays from around 10am in Whithorn, at MAC-CAN HQ… and from February 2024, Saturdays sessions are available, taking place on the last Saturday of the month. 



MAC-CAN are also happy to welcome new Trustees on board to help shape the group, lead on projects, create community connections and more! 




Get in touch: in**@ma*****.org

South Machars Community Centre

The vision of the SMCC Whithorn is to enable the South Machars region to become a sustainable, aware and inclusive community that meets local needs using local resources through local initiatives.

People who can spare some time and skills are more than welcome to come join in and can volunteer as Trustees, in the Re-Use shop, Pop Up Community Cafe, Community Fridge or other projects and events that happen at the centre. 


Find them on Facebook


Online herehttp://www.smccwhithorn.org/


Contact details:

01988 500364


Kilsture Forest Community Group

KFCG is a registered SCIO (no.SCO50634) working in partnership with Forestry Land Scotland under a volunteer management agreement.


Find them on Facebook 

Machars Abundance

Connecting those with fruit trees/big harvests with others who can use the fruit, reducing food waste


We are looking for:

  • People with trees
  • People who can help pick or deliver fruit
  • People or community groups, charities and good causes etc. that can take the fruit and use it


Find them on Facebook


E-mail them: ma**************@gm***.com 

D&G Eco Warrior Cleans

The Eco warriors beach cleans has an active Facebook group and a team that was founded by Lottie, Fiona, Laura (Admins) after having found similar interests in cleaning up Dumfries and Galloway and making a difference however large or small whilst working with the community.
The aims of this group is to:
*Raise awareness of plastic pollution/related environmental issues
*Share any tips of how to become more sustainable
*Sharing beach clean and other related environmental events
*Setting up beach cleans around the Dumfries & Galloway (either set up by admins OR members).
Along with arranging beach cleans they are trying to empower others to use their own initiative and do the same in other areas of D+G. There are a lot of beaches and coves around our coastline and some that we are not familiar with hence the need for help in arranging such cleans.
Although a lot of the beach cleans will be in and around Dumfries where the admins are based they will endeavour to assist and support when and where they can for other cleans but ask for help from active members of their community group.
1)To set up a beach clean yourself! Simply call the council: 03033333000 for equipment and arrange for them to pick up filled bags at a set location.
2) decide on a date and time that ties in with a low(ish) tide and risk assess
3) create an event and share it on here so others can attend and also share the event as much as possible.

Find them on Facebook


E-mail them: dg***********@gm***.com


Your group's cause, what you need help with
& contact information could be here!