Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is a dynamic, high profile organisation that provides responsive and innovative support services and representation to and for the Third Sector in Orkney.

The Third Sector comprises community organisations, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteers


Development Worker

17.5 Hours

Based in Kirkwall

Pro Rata £25,125 (including DIA and pension contribution)

VAO wishes to recruit a Development Worker to join a busy and proactive team.

In collaboration with colleagues, you will provide specialist advice, support and resources to emerging and existing Third Sector organisations. You will enable their set up and development and ensure they are able to access the services and learning they need.

You must be flexible, motivated and have the ability to work effectively within a small staff team and with a wide range of partners. You will have knowledge of the voluntary sector and the issues that affect it and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Closing date for applications is Thursday 7th March 2019

Interviews are being held Tuesday 19th March 2019


Application packs available from Voluntary Action Orkney, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR. Tel. 01856 872897; also available from Voluntary Action Orkney’s website: http://www.vaorkney.org.uk/ (CVs not accepted). For further information please contact Gary Amos on 01856872897

 Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Scotland No 143208. Registered Office: Anchor Buildings, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR. Registered Scottish Charity No SCO10691 


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Making Work More Fun!

Some of you will have heard about the Corporate Rebels and some of you will have heard of the Orkney Rebels but for those of you who haven’t yet, you are about to hear lots more!


The Corporate Rebels are on a mission to make work more fun. They quit their frustrating, corporate jobs and set out to travel the globe to visit the world’s most inspiring organizations. While checking off their renowned Bucket List they share everything they learn.

Their blog is read in more than 100 countries and they've been featured in NY Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Guardian, BBC. Listed as "Top 30 Emergent Management Thinkers" and nominated for Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award.


Part of the vision for Orkney Health and Care is to try to make work fun for us all and we want to spread this message as wide as we can with all our partners. We have been lucky enough to secure the Corporate Rebels to come to Orkney and share their learning with us in September and we are asking that you save the date to ensure that your service is represented at one of the workshops. The dates are Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September, so please ensure these dates are saved in your diaries. We plan to run the same workshop on the two days so that we can accommodate as many staff as possible.


For further information please contact Maureen Swannie maureen.swannie@nhs.net or check out https://corporate-rebels.com/ or on Twitter: @corp_rebels  

Community Justice Scotland, Support in Mind Scotland and CLD Standards Council are creating a new learning resource about mental health issues in the justice system.


If you work in justice, in mental health, in community learning and development or if you have experience of areas then we’d love to hear from you. Tell us the key issues and information you wish people knew more about…


Follow the link below and simply click to leave a comment anonymously. If you like, you can upload any useful resources or using the options at the bottom of the comment window.   


We’ll use your suggestions to help shape how people learn about mental health issues in the justice system. We won’t quote you directly and there’s no need to leave any personal information.


If you work in or have experience of the justice system click here


If you work in the mental health sector or have experience of mental health issues click here


Alternatively you scan the QR Code from iPhone:

For people working/experienced in mental health


For people working/experienced in the justice system 




Worried about a friend’mental health, wanting to know how to help? Come along to this informal workshop in a safe environment to explore and build confidence in how to approach the subject.

 We will look at wellbeing and what influences it, how we can help each other to understand about the processes we all go through and then will approach the subject of offering help to those you are concerned may be thinking of taking their own life.

Please contact enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk to book. Places limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.


The Scottish Government and Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Network are working in partnership to secure the voice of civil society and other major stakeholders in Scotland’s contribution to a UK-wide progress review on the SDGs. A call for evidence has been published along with a discussion paper on Scotland’s current performance; organisations and individuals are asked to submit their views by 27th February (for inclusion in the UK-wide review) or 29th March (to inform our longer-term discussions and a potential Scottish Supplementary Review). Visit here for full details on how to take part, or follow @SDGScotland @ScotGovOutcomes.


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