Connect Project Support Worker

Autism and Learning Disability

28 Hours

Based in Kirkwall

Fixed term post: 12 months

Pro Rata £24,268 (including DIA and pension contribution)

VAO’s Connect Project provides individually customised skills development, training and volunteering opportunities for young people aged between 15 and 24 who require more choices and more chances to support positive transitions from adolescence to adulthood. Young people are supported to build resilience, confidence and transferable skills through a range of one to one, group work, complementary activities and community participation.

The Project Support Worker will work closely with the Co-ordinator to devise and deliver a range of individual development opportunities including volunteer placements. You should have the ability to relate to young people and understand the issues that affect them and a flexible and sensitive approach to dealing with individual needs. You must be flexible, motivated and have the ability to work collaboratively within a small staff team. A current UK driving licence and transport is essential for this role.

This post requires a PVG scheme membership with regard to regulated work with children and protected adults.


Closing date for applications is 14th February 2019

Interviews are being held Thursday 21st February 2019 


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Application packs available from Voluntary Action Orkney, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR. Tel. 01856 872897; (CVs not accepted). For further information please contact Lindsey Johnson 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










The Local Grants Programme is administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and is provided through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, which has £10 million available each year to support projects that address the Trust’s funding priorities.

Eligible Local Grants projects must:

  • Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.All organisations should:
  • Applications are invited from registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number).
  • Have experience and a track record of working with the armed forces community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the armed forces community.
  • Be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working - with either an armed forces charity or an armed forces unit.
  • Understand the local need for the project they want funded (eg be able to provide examples of what they have already been doing, to demonstrate this need, or describe consultation that has taken place, or give some quotes from individuals or groups who have expressed their interest).
  • Work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure projects that are properly connected locally, respond to recognised need and do not duplicate other provisions.


Applications can be submitted at any time until 2 December 2019 (9am) and will be reviewed quarterly.


Comic Relief will make investments of up to £150,000 in the UK and up to £300,000 in Kenya and Malawi for three to five years. The investments may be higher for organisations that will both deliver strong community-level efforts and also contribute to strategic changes.

Comic Relief is interested in work that:

  • Adopts the principles of children’s rights to survive and thrive, leaving no child behind, and supporting child-centred and family-centred care and nurturing.
  • Uses a participatory approach at all project stages and values the experience and insights of people who are directly affected by factors that impede early childhood development, including parents, family members and other carers, and communities. Depending on the age group, this can also include children’s views, eg. through child-to-child approaches.
  • Starting in January 2019, UK organisations are eligible to apply if their annual income is between £250,000 and £10 million. Comic Relief aims to fund no more than 40% of an organisation's future income. The funder will consider budgets that have higher amounts in some years, as long as the average annual funding is within the new 40% limit.

    There is a two-stage application process.

    The deadline for first stage applications is 22 March 2019 (12 noon).

The PRS Foundation is the UK's leading independent funder of new music and talent development across all genres. It provides the Open Fund for Organisations with the aim of helping to support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.

Eligible projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

Priority will be given to projects that fit with all three of the Foundation's funding priorities:

  • To support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre.
  • To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential.
  • To inspire audiences at a local, regional, national and international level. 
  • Applications are accepted from any not-for-profit organisations based in the UK with an eligible project. Projects should have a clearly defined start and end date.

The next application deadline is 4 February 2019 (6pm).


The IoD Director of the Year Awards seek to honour the best performing directors in the private, public and third sectors across the region, but also afford business leaders the opportunity to be recognised on the national stage.

For more information about the IoD Director of the Year Awards or to submit an entry or nomination, visit

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