Dementia Awareness Week 29th May to 3rd June

Look out for and listen to the week-long events such as
o Radio Orkney Requests Programme section to be dedicated to carers - 6pm – 7pm – opportunity to value carers/families
o Join in with the “Step Up for Dementia” (walk from Bridge ST to Broad Street – led by Rendall Pipe band) 1pm – 2pm – all welcome
o Tea & Blether awareness session in St Margarets Hope Church – 10.30am – 12pm – open – all welcome
o Dementia friendly Calamity Jane film at Pickaquoy Centre - 2pm – 4.30pm – open event – all welcome
o Dementia awareness and experiential session – 6.30 to 8pm - all welcome
o Carers centre open day – 1.30pm – 4pm – carers advice and resources – all welcome
o Badges in windows Competition – prize for most badges collected – presented at Event at Peedie Kirk (Sat)o Drop in support & assessments sessions in the isles Monday – Friday (In week of 15/5/17)
Check the programme for dates and times of these and many other events during the week.

Programme availble to down load FinaltimetableDAW.pdf



Equally Safe – consultation on a draft Delivery Plan

In 2016 Scottish Government published a revised version of Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls. The strategy envisions a Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse - and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.

This consultation is on the delivery plan, which sets out the actions undertaken by Scottish Government, COSLA and key partners to make Equally Safe a reality

The consultation can be accessed here and closes on 30th June 2017


The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new guide on new EU data protection rules.

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new guide on new EU data protection rules.
The guide, GDPR: the essentials for fundraising organisations, has been produced in partnership with law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. It will be an important resource to help charities understand the coming changes in data protection law and support them to be ready for the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.

GDPR will come into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018 replacing the current Data Protection Act and introducing new and different requirements for all sectors and organisations. Charities, alongside any private sector organisations, businesses, or public bodies, will have to follow these legal requirements when processing individuals’ personal data.

Read more here

Ever thought of trying a session of philosophy?

Ever wondered what philosophy was all about?

noun, plural philosophies.

the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being,knowledge, or conduct.


an attitude of rationality, patience, composure, and calm in the presence of troubles or annoyances.

OR more….?

Want to find out more? Two trial sessions will be delivered at VAO on Thursday May 18th and Thursday June 8th, 5.30 to 7pm each evening.

Philosophy offers a way to open up dialogue through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Participants learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of others have value too. Through the Philosophical Community they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.

Tutor, Emma Clements, the head teacher at Shapinsay School, uses this process within school and also within the community.

There is an adult group in Shapinsay they call “Philosophy for Community” so it works well with adults too!

To book contact

There will be a small cost to cover refreshments and Emma’s ferry fare!


Big Lottery Fund - Realising Ambition

Realising Ambition is a £25m Big Lottery Fund programme supporting 22 organisations across the UK to replicate services aimed at preventing youth offending. Their Insights are designed to support anyone undertaking or commissioning services with a focus on replication and evidence.
The eighth Programme Insight considers the realistic costs of delivering high quality services for children and young people. It argues that a comprehensive estimation of the costs of service delivery is essential for both commissioners and service delivery organisations
This briefing looks at why realistic cost estimates are important and highlights the dangers of cost under-estimation. It also summarise key learning on cost estimation and implications for both delivery organisations and commissioners of children’s services. Key learning points include:

  • Understanding the real cost of delivering a service helps ensure that it is viable and sustainable.
  • A firm grasp on costs is central to informing the preparation of competitive yet realistic tenders for potential commissioners. It also helps commissioners know what is realistic within the resources available.
  • Work with children and young people entails a great degree of unpredictability and variation, which can translate into difficulties in estimating one single unit cost.
  • Direct costs accounted for, on average, just under three quarters of full unit costs in Realising Ambition projects.
  • Work with children and young people requires careful planning and management, which carries a cost: on average, 47% of full unit costs in Realising Ambition were attributed to this, with 19% to set-up, 11% to face-to-face time with paid practitioners and 19% to volunteer or non-paid staff time.

Read more here.

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