The Foundation has announced that it will be making some key changes in the year ahead.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is a medium-sized grant making foundation that gives grants to small, well-established charitable organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

Groups that are intending to apply for funding from the Foundation should be aware of the following important changes:

  • All new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants are now to be made through the Foundation’s on-line application forms.
  • The Foundation will stop accepting unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31 March 2018. Until then, hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading, on the Foundation's website.
  • The Foundation is planning to launch a new grants policy and criteria from 1 July 2018. It says that most of the current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria.
  • The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April 2018.

Full details of the new grants policy and criteria will be provided when they are published in July 2018.

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As part of Orkney Alcohol & Drugs Partnership’s (OADP) commitment to provide a comprehensive workforce development programme for workers and practitioners which will help enhance their skills and knowledge to effectively deal with alcohol and drug issues, the following training needs analysis has been pulled together.

Through this training needs analysis we plan to develop a robust training programme.  We hope to ensure that even front line staff not dealing directly with substance misuse issues have a basic level of awareness.  This in turn should enable us to engage with a population of are not yet in treatment for their drug and alcohol misuse.

Your information and experience is valuable to the OADP going forward and we would appreciate your response.  The survey should take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

To access the survey, please go to:

 If you have any queries regarding the survey or require it in another version, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Laughton, Clerical Assistant in Orkney Health & Care on


To mark 100 years since the end of World War One, a new heritage project with young researchers will uncover Scotland’s wartime heroines and explore women’s rights past and present.

As part of Year of Young People 2018 and the centenary of World War One, Youngwummin, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in Scotland, will provide young people with an opportunity to explore women’s history and support them to conduct research on the impact of the war on young women in Scotland. 

Young researchers in Dumfries have already uncovered the unusual and life-saving tale of Sphagnum Moss Works. During the war Dumfriesshire was at the forefront of supplying wound dressings for field hospitals by using moss from the surrounding hills, all organised and run by local women. Eskdale alone contributed over 70,000 dressings for wounded soldiers.

As part of Youngwummin, we are also launching a nationwide search to uncover women during World War One who helped the war effort. Every community in Scotland will have local heroines who have not yet been recognised. So help us celebrate their legacy and share your stories and photos with us on

Contact: Amy Goulding | e-mail

Save the date....

One of the most pressing issues for businesses in the coming weeks and months needs to be preparing for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th 2018, when the data protection laws change (and they will still apply after Brexit).

So we're delighted to welcome the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to Orkney on Tuesday 27 March when they will be delivering practical sessions on what organisations must do to comply.   The ICO is the office that deals with data protection, so are truly the experts!

For your organisation or start up, the new rules will mean a new set of rules to follow about:
● The data you collect;
● The ways you use the data;
● The ways you store the data; and
● The ways you share the data.

Watch this space in the coming weeks for details of sessions.

If you need information in the meantime, check our our online guide ( or guidance on ICO's website (

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