It was Volunteers Week from the 1st to 7th June and VAO celebrated the contributions it’s volunteers make to their community with a number of thank you events, from a coffee and cake morning to a pizza and quizzing evening to a lunch time stroll and a sandwich and pizza lunch!



The Young People’s Befriending Project gathered up some volunteer Befrienders and Befrienders in training. they went for a lovely lunch time stroll, caught up on everyone’s news and enjoyed some pup cuddles!

Then a sandwich & pizza lunch, where current Befrienders were presented with their Volunteers Week certificate and thanked



To thank their young volunteers and mark Volunteers Week, The VAO Youth Development team put on a Pizza and Quiz night. On the night, five teams battled it out, with ‘The Old Beans’ shading it by one point from The ‘Young Ones and the Old One’, while ‘Orkney Swaggregates’ took the prize for the best name.

There was a lovely atmosphere with a real mix of folk and some keenly competitive streaks on show. During the pizza supper certificates and a few cheques were also presented.






Volunteers from VAO reception team, Orkney Walking Groups and The Learning Link got together for a Coffee and a Cake morning at VAO’s offices to swap experiences and enjoy more pup cuddles with Josh!

This booklet is a fantastic introduction to the types of partnership that can be fostered beyond the more traditional ‘charity sponsor’ approach. While the latter is still critical to many organisations – and positive for those who offer more philanthropic support – these case studies show how ‘Partnerships for Good’ can also meet often scrutinised supply chain demands, help win contracts and meet procurement clauses and demonstrate positive impact to consumers.

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Deputy Chief Executive, EY Foundation

View the report here.

Businesses, public and third sector organisations will soon be invited to apply for funding to carry out projects to reduce the cost of retrofitting domestic properties in the UK.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced details of an upcoming competition to help accelerate a reduction in the cost of retrofitting domestic properties in the UK to the same standard as new builds. The Whole House Retrofit (WHR) Competition will support the government’s ambition of halving the cost of completing this work by 2030.

The competition will make available approximately £9.4 million for a limited number of projects which demonstrate a cost reduction trajectory for whole house retrofit. Individual levels of support have not been stipulated.

BEIS anticipates that successful projects will focus on upgrading social housing properties, given the comparative uniformity of the dwellings, and the ability to procure at scale. However, it would be interested to hear credible alternative proposals.

Bids will be welcomed from any UK organisation, or consortium, which can meet the expected outputs, including SMEs, large enterprises, academic, financial, research, public and third sector organisations.

The competition is expected to open week commencing 10 June 2019. Meanwhile, those who are interested in applying are invited to an information event in London on 30 May 2019. More details about the event can be accessed from Judith Britnell by emailing:


Children in Scotland are delighted to bring you a packed programme of child protection training to help keep you and your colleagues up to date with the latest legislation and best practice.
Find out more about these upcoming learning opportunities below:

 Designated Child Protection Officer training

Tuesday, 13 August in Glasgow

Thursday, 5 September in Edinburgh

This full day training workshop will enable you to become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the designated child protection officer and develop competence and confidence in carrying out this role, as underpinned by the values and principles of the GIRFEC approach.


Online safety in Scotland: keeping children safe in the digital world

Thursday, 22 August in Edinburgh

This training event is tailored for professionals working with children and young people. It will bring you up to date with technology trends including relevant research and highlighting current apps that children and young people are using. 


Creating Safety: child protection in the creative sector-free webinar

Monday, 10 June

This free, one-hour webinar is for anyone working with children and young people in the arts, screen and creative industries - including paid and volunteer workers. It will introduce the updated child protection guidelines set out in Creating Safety: Child protection guidelines for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries (Creative Scotland and Children in Scotland, 2019) and provide you with an overview of the key considerations and how they can be applied in practice.


Creating Safety: child protection in the creative sector-free training

Friday, 14 June in Edinburgh 

Monday, 7 June in Perth 

Wednesday, 19 June in Glasgow 

This practical full-day event will help you feel confident about child protection, being able to share your knowledge with staff and colleagues, to ensure your organisation is up to date in its understanding of best safeguarding practice and able to support children, young people and staff with child protection concerns.



Cost to attend
From £89 for Children in Scotland members; from £109 for non-members.


How to book a place
Online - by clicking on the event title links above
By calling 0131 313 8828
By emailing


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The Community Outreach team from the Scottish Parliament are visiting Orkney. Keen to meet with local voluntary organisations, the team will provide information and tips on how to effectively engage with MSPs and explore how best the Scottish Parliament can work in partnership with the local voluntary sector in Orkney.

11.00 to 14.30, Thursday 27th June 2019, Supper Room, Kirkwall Community Centre.



11.00 - Registration

11.15 - 12.30 Part 1 – Introducing the Scottish Parliament

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.30 Part 2 – How to get involved

Lunch is provided

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