Meet our CALA Volunteers

Agnieszka (Aga) Rudak

In my private and professional life I was looking for many different paths but they were always associated with working with children and young people.

Through volunteering with CALA and Family First my destiny once again has been linked with children. And what could be better than that – who doesn’t like to spend time playing with children?

You see me in my little garden, in which I would love to spend more time,  but I am stopped by the capricious weather on Skye. This island beloved by me teaches me humility every day.

I am also a mother of a young gentleman who dreams of becoming a Lego designer and a very independent and charming young lady who I think in the future will conquer the whole world.

Rosie Geary

I moved up to Skye over six years ago having spent most of my adult life working in primary schools either as a teacher or nursery nurse. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed being retired I soon realised that I missed being regularly involved with young children. That is why I volunteered with Family First.

My new hobby started recently is ‘chickens’. Can’t wait to be collecting those eggs!’

Nikki Nicholson

I have been a Family First Volunteer in North Skye for seven years, during which time I have been paired with numerous families providing weekly support visits and also taking a child every week to the group in Portree.

I enjoy being outside, whether it be helping my husband with the sheep, cycling or climbing mountains!

Margaret Ferguson

I enjoy spending time with the very young and have just joined as a volunteer. I used to work first as a scientist and then, after moving to Portree, as an artist.

But I have now retired and enjoy growing things, and making things and keeping in touch with friends around the world.

Debbie Morrison

I had some experience of working with older children but not a lot of working directly with families so I was slightly nervous to begin with. However, once I completed my induction and training I felt really confident and excited when I was appointed my first family.

It has been really rewarding working with the families and just being able to be there for them when they need someone to confide in.

Being able to offer my time to the project has been fantastic for me personally as I have learned so many new skills not only as a result of the training and support but from the families themselves!

I would recommend volunteering to everyone!

Charlotte MacArthur

After retiring from my job as a library manager two years ago, I started as a CALA family support volunteer about a year or so later.

I feel very well supported by CALA and have been offered stimulating training and learning opportunities.

As you can see from the photo,when I have free time I like to go walking with friends in our beautiful Highland countryside whatever the weather. My son lives nearby and I am shortly to become a granny, so all this practice with nappies and nursery rhymes will come in very handy!

Rosie MacLeod

Family First volunteer Rosie MacLeod helps to support the smooth running of the weekly Baby Group in Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, alongside the local health team.

Lynne Crawford

I love photography and walking in the stunning Highlands with my black lab Caley. I became a Family volunteer after I used the service following a difficult pregnancy and ongoing health issues after having my wee girl. I loved the way that Family First was run and wanted to help others in the way my volunteer and co ordinator helped me. I have always worked with children and families in my career and it’s so rewarding! I now help out as a volunteer at the Family First playgroup in Kyleakin and also support a family in my area too.