Quality Volunteering Award 2017


Quality Volunteering Award 2017


VAO will be delivering their Quality Volunteering Award once again in 2017, and are looking for local groups and organisations who involve volunteers in their work, who may want to work towards achieving it. This quality standard enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management, policies and procedures and once awarded, allows them to publicly demonstrate their commitment to volunteering and volunteer management. This award is available for all groups and organisation across all sectors.

The aims of the Award are to:

• Encourage and establish good practice amongst volunteer engaging organisations;
• Provide support, information and advice to organisations who wish to meet the standards;
• Ensure that volunteers and volunteer involving organisations are being given the support they need.
• Publicly recognise and reward organisations who succeed in achieving the Award;
• Promote good communication and improve the understanding of the work that Voluntary Action Orkney undertakes.

Throughout the process the aim will be to balance the high standard required for the Award with a supportive, user friendly, recording and assessment procedure.

In February of this year, The Orkney Folk Festival successfully completed a QV assessment and were presented with the Award at the Orkney Festivals Forum Day. Their success and commitment to volunteering was recognised and celebrated in The Orcadian.


If you are interested in working towards achieving this award/would like to find out more or have any questions then please contact Fraser Devine on 0185687 2897 or email fraser.devine@vaorkney.org.uk

Poverty and Disadvantage Factors that Affect Children and Young People in Orkney

Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is Orkney’s Third Sector Interface delivering a range of consultative and practical services to support and develop community, voluntary, social enterprise and volunteering activities – the Third Sector.  In addition VAO ensures that third sector interests are represented in a range of partnerships.

In collaboration with The Orkney Childcare and Young People’s Partnership VAO is seeking to commission a study to:

  • Identify what poverty and disadvantage means to children and young people living in all areas of Orkney
  • Determine how providers of services to children, young people and families can act to mitigate any adverse impact associated with growing up in Orkney.

Whilst there is a wide body of relevant research on this topic the study should focus specifically on the identification of the most prominent poverty and disadvantage factors that affect children and young people in Orkney.

It is expected that the successful tenderer will have experience of the unique environment within Orkney and will have a successful track record in the delivery of high quality results.

Copies of the brief should be requested from enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk

Expressions of interest should be submitted by 5.00 pm Friday 18th August 2017 and proposals should be submitted by 5.00 pm Monday 4th September 2017 to Gail Anderson, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Orkney, Anchor Buildings, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR.

For more information please contact Gail Anderson at gail.anderson@vaorkney.org.uk or 01856 872897.

Community share scheme set to continue after success

A funding scheme supporting communities to own local assets is to continue after three years of success.  
Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTA Scotland) has been given the green light to continue to operate its Community Shares Scotland programme for a further three year period after being given over £800,000 from the Scottish Government and Big Lottery Fund Scotland.
Community Shares is a mechanism for raising finance and social investment and has supported well-known community ventures like the community buy-out of Portpatrick Harbour and the Glenwyvis Distillery project.
So far it has provided direct support to 88 community groups and organisations, completed 14 separated share offers and helped raise over £8 million in share capital.
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GCIL Professional Careers Graduate Traineeship Opportunities

GCIL Equality Academy and NHSScotland are seeking to provide meaningful, relevant work experience for disabled graduates that will complement the graduates skills, knowledge and experience to support them in achieving their long-term career aspirations.  
GCIL Equality Academy and NHSScotland are keen to identify candidates that not only meet the vocational criteria but can also demonstrate that they have the right attitude and motivation to take part in this exciting opportunity within NHSScotland.   
NHSScotland (as the largest employer in Scotland) has the capacity to offer a wide range of opportunities across a spectrum of vocational specialisms (as detailed in the advert).  Therefore, the recruitment process will focus on identifying the most suitable candidates to take advantage of this tailored programme of work experience, training and personal development, and then matching them to a suitable position within NHSScotland.   
To find out more, please contact:
Claudia Boyd
Trainee Administrator
Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living
Equality Academy
Suite 1.16
Red Tree Business Suites
33 Dalmarnock Road
G40 4LA
Tel: 0141 375 0519
Fax: 0141 550 4858
My working days are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 

Suicides in Scotland have risen for the first time in six years

Suicides in Scotland have risen for the first time in six years, according to figures released today.
Statistics from the National Records of Scotland show some 728 people’s lives were taken by suicide in 2016 - 56 more deaths compared to 2015.  
Samaritans in Scotland said that action is urgently needed to avoid the rise becoming a trend.
The charity is calling on the Scottish Government to take a wider approach in tackling suicide ahead of a new prevention strategy next year.
Samaritans published a report on the link between socioeconomic disadvantage and suicide earlier this year.
Maureen Watt, minister for mental health, said: “Any suicide is a tragedy and  our sympathies go out to anyone who has lost a loved one in this particularly painful way.
“Suicide is a very complex phenomenon. The 2016 data follow a period of several years in which numbers of deaths by suicide fell year after year.
"The longer term trend in Scotland shows a reduction of 17% over the last decade. 
"This downward trend is encouraging and represents a strong achievement by all who work in the field of suicide prevention.
“Later in 2017, the Scottish Government will engage with stakeholders with a view to developing a new suicide prevention action plan for publication in early 2018.”
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