Orkney Athletic Club need someone who can deal with all financial issues relating to the club (including gathering and banking cash for term fees / trips, etc); 
Deal efficiently and effectively with all invoices and bills; Liaise with suppliers, notably the Pickaquoy Centre re bookings/payments and other financial duties.

This role requires someone who has some experience of finance management, keeping financial records. The current treasurer will provide a full induction and hand over.

So if you are Reliable and trustworthy, have good record-keeping skills, are diligent and can meet deadlines and is good with basic finances this is your ideal role!

A basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel would be an advantage

OAC are also looking at recruiting a group of volunteers to assist the Treasurer with specific activities e.g. fundraising, sponsorship grant applications etc so if you are interested in the treasurer role or helping out with the above please contact Rob McGregor on 872 897 or Robert.mcgregor@vaorkney.org.uk 



The Small Grants Scheme continues to attract applications and although the awards are modest at a maximum of £500 they have enabled small organisations to carry out activities to benefit their members or to be the final, vital contribution to a larger project.


This year 17 organisations submitted applications, 9 of which had not applied before and we are pleased to report that the VAO Board awarded grants to all applicants.


These are:


Organisation                                                   Project

Firth Church of Scotland:                                Replace Outside Lights

Friends of St Ninian’s:                                     Friends of St Ninian’s Outreach

Holm Sailing Club:                                          70th Year Regatta and Celebrations

Orkney Amateur Swimming Club:                  Coach Development

Orkney Disability Forum:                                The Tuesday Club

Orkney Mens’ Shed                                        Installation of a disabled toilet

Orkney Pilgrimage                                          St Magnus Way Peacekeepers

Orkney Youth Café:                                        “Our Orkney” Photography Project

Orkney Youth Development Group:                Football for All project

Orkney Versus Arthritis:                                  Summer Outing

Orkney ViQueens Roller Derby:                     Home Game Skating Extravaganza

Sanday Afternoon Club:                                 Summer Trip

Sandy Duke of Edinburgh Open Awards:       Purchase of New Expedition Equipment


We are grateful to Repsol Sinopec and Liam McArthur MSP whose donations enable VAO to offer the small grants scheme

Family Learning is recognised as an early intervention and prevention approach which works in reaching disadvantaged families and communities to help improve their life chances.

With so many partners delivering family learning opportunities across Orkney it is important that we have an understanding of the local context and that we are developing joint approaches in the planning and development of family learning.  

A morning workshop on Family Learning has been arranged for Thursday 2 May 2019 in Room 2 Kirkwall Community Centre from 10.00 - 1.00pm which we would like to invite you or a colleague to attend. 

This event is designed for partners involved in working with families, to come together to help create a local picture of family learning, to underpin the important role of partners working together in the interests of children, families and young people and to develop joint approaches to addressing local needs and areas of development. Please see the flier attached for further information.

If you or a colleague are available to attend please contact lorna.newton@orkney.gov.uk by Friday 26 April.


The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, placed a requirement on Local Authorities and Health Boards to present evidence to the Scottish Government in a Children Services Plan which sets out and demonstrates the actions planned, taken and delivered to improve outcomes for our children and young people in their area. The first statutory Children Service's Plans were submitted to the Scottish Government in March 2017.

In advance of the next reporting cycle, and to support the programme of strategic engagement with local children's services partners, the Scottish Government wishes to formally consult whether the content, scope and format of the statutory guidance is still helpful, fit for purpose or whether this should be modified, amended or improved to further enhance and build on the support available.

National Third Sector GIRFEC Project (which is part of Children in Scotland), Everyone’s Children Project (which is part of GCVS) and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland are hosting two consultation events:


Tuesday 14th May

10am – 1pm

Glasgow Albany Conference Centre

44 Ashley St, Glasgow G3 6DS


Thursday 23rd May

10am – 1pm

Children in Scotland

Level 1, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ

At the event, information will be provided to encourage third sector organisations if they wish to submit their own response. Feedback from these events will also inform our joint response to the Scottish Government consultation on strengthening the Statutory Guidance for Children’s Services Planning.


Reading materials:

 Refreshment will be provided.

If you’d like to take part, please click on the link below to reserve a place.

Glasgow Event 

Edinburgh Event 

Any queries, please e-mail girfec@childreninscotland.org.uk. Thank you and looking forward to welcoming you at the event



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