Rob McGregor from Voluntary Action Orkney will be holding a drop in at the Picky on Thursday 19th December between 10.00am and 12 noon.

To learn more about VAO and the services we provide,  including volunteering  opportunities, funding advice and applications, training, charity governance and help with constitutions, HR services and much more, come along and have a chat with us.

Bookings are now open to attend our upcoming study visit to:The Netherlands

Monday, 2 - Wednesday, 4 March 2020

After seven successful study visits to Finland, we are now embarking
on our newest learning adventure to the Netherlands. 

According to Unicef’s report on child well-being in rich countries (2013), Dutch children rated the happiest in the world. Children in the Netherlands are ahead of their peers in childhood wellbeing, including material wellbeing, health and safety, education, behaviours and risks, and housing and environment. In comparison, the United Kingdom came 16th compared with 29 other rich, industrialised countries.

Our upcoming study visit will explore the why and how of the Netherland’s success, exploring its health, care and education system, cultural changes and innovative approaches.


Who should join? 
The trip is open to anyone engaged in education, childcare and welfare of children, young people and families - from early years practitioners to educational psychologists, head teachers, academics and administrators.

What's included?
• Return flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam
• Airport and public transport travel in the Netherlands
• Accommodation for two nights including breakfast

Children in Scotland staff members to accompany group
• Entry fees to attend visits to a variety of organisations.

How to book a place
By emailing
By calling 0131 313 8828

Cost to attend
£825 for Children in Scotland members; £945 for non-members. 
Please note that payment has to be made prior to departure




Raise Funds and put the Spotlight on Heart Research


Bring your shining smile and join the BHF weekend-long fundraising blockbuster in Tesco stores across the country. BHF need cash collecting, bucket brandishing stars like you to make this very special weekend a smash-hit in Kirkwall!

Sign up to give 2 hours of time as a volunteer collector at the following link here.



Children in Scotland and Together are recruiting additional members for the Children and Young People's Panel on Europe.

The Panel will have the opportunity to work with the Scottish Government to make sure it listens to the views of children and young people across the country in discussions about leaving the EU. We are looking for children and young people aged 8-20 to join the Panel. We have about 10 places to fill on the Panel, and the deadline is Monday 9 December.

Any questions or responses, please email

Here is a link to information about the panel and the recruitment on our website here.


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