An online discussion next week will debate the question – is Orkney a good place to live as we get older?

The Facebook chat will ask for views and ideas on how people can enjoy lives that are as fulfilling as possible whatever their age.

“Our community is widely regarded as a wonderful place for children and young people to grow up in and for young adults to find work and raise families,” said Gail Anderson, chair of the Orkney Partnership’s Positive Ageing group, who will host the discussion on Thursday 15 February.

“But what about as we grow older? Are there particular challenges people face in later life? Do we as a community value our older citizens and the contribution they make? Is what’s needed in place for folk to live long, healthy and active lives?”

With Orkney’s older population increasing steadily, these are key considerations for a range of organisations that make up the Orkney Partnership.

“The Facebook chat is a great opportunity for people to tell us about what getting older in Orkney is like. We’re looking forward to hearing about what’s good and what can be improved – and ideas for living well, whatever your age,” Gail added.

“As a Partnership we seek effective ways to make a positive difference to people’s lives, by working together as organisations and with local communities across the county. This will help us to do that.”

The discussion will take place on the OIC Updates Facebook page between 18:30 and 19:30 on Thursday 15 February.

The Orkney Partnership (TOP) is seeking views on the Partnership’s first Locality Plan for their chosen locality: the non-linked isles. The Plan details the top priorities for action identified by isles residents themselves through the Your Island Your Choice consultation exercise, and the action TOP plans to take.

The Plan and appendices are available at the links below, along with the isles consultation summary report. 

They want to know your views on the Plan and have asked some questions to encourage feedback. Comments on the Plan can be made by using these questions; you can answer as few or as many as you like. If you prefer not to answer the questions, you can simply send comments.

You can respond to the consultation here if you are able to do this online.

Some of you will not be able to respond online or may not want to. If you want paper copies get in touch and we will send these to you. Email and paper responses should be sent to the address below.

Email/paper responses and queries to:


Address: Community Planning Business Manager, Corporate Services, Orkney Islands Council, School Place, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535 ext 2153 or 2160

The next PDI funding rounds for PDI support in 2018/2019 are:

Initial Stage

Full Stage

Board Outcome

10th May 2018

16th August 2018

4th October 2018

Initial Stage

Full Stage

Board Outcome

8th November 2018

28th February 2019

4th April 2019


To apply to the PDI for support, organisations will have to identify 50% matched funding and must ensure it contributes and connects with local needs and must be endorsed by the someone in the local authority who has strategic responsibility for children and young people.   A copy of their revised guidance notes for 2018 are attached.

If you are interested in developing your ideas then please get in touch as they are here to help and will support you through the process.

For more information please give a call on 0131 444 4032.



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