The Contract will cover the period from 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2021 with 2 (two) options to extend for an additional 12 + 12 months. The maximum contract period will therefore be 4 (four) years dependent upon satisfactory completion of all aspects of the contract to date.

This is a contracting opportunity from Historic Environment Scotland. To find out more about the opportunity please see the relevant advert on the Public Contracts Scotland website:


Orkney Islands Council invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced Contractors for the provision of a Cruise Ship Welcome and Information Services to arriving cruise ship passengers and crew. The services are to be provided for 48 months.

Orkney now attracts on average 150 cruise ships per annum, with the number of port calls for the 2019 season not expected to exceed 160; this translates to approximately 140,000 passengers and 40,000 crew members; the industry is one to be nurtured and developed in order for Orkney to remain the United Kingdom’s most popular cruise destination. For the duration of the Contract, it is expected that these statistics would be maintained or increased

This contracting opportunity is advertised on the Public Contracts Scotland tendering portal. The closing date is 25/01/2019, so short closing time.

For more information please visit here

Voluntary Action Orkney have been approached by local Secondary Schools to help identify eligible charities to participate in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme (supported by the Wood Family Trust) that raises awareness among young people about philanthropy.

S3 pupils from secondary schools throughout Orkney will be involved in the project to consider the needs of their local community and identify a grassroots social service charity, (registered with OSCR*) they believe make a positive contribution.

Participating students will work in small teams and learn how to study the charities management, budget, strategy and staffing arrangements. Students will aim to build relationships with representatives from their chosen charity while being taught-in school about investigating, teamwork, public speaking and presentation of findings.  The group judged to have made the most compelling and thorough presentation wins a £3000 grant to award to their charity.


Following KGS YPI’s success, Relationship Scotland Orkney, commented:

“We are so incredibly proud and chuffed with how well our YPI team did. It was brilliant to see how they had taken the information we gave them and turned it into an outstanding presentation… The skills and enthusiasm the team demonstrated was beyond our expectations and wowed the audience and judges. The money they won for us will make a huge difference to the families we are working with.”


Awards received to date are as follows:

Secondary School


Charity Awarded (£3000)

Kirkwall Grammar School


Y People

Stromness Academy


MS Society

Westray Junior High          


MS Society

Kirkwall Grammar School



Stromness Academy


Women’s Aid

Kirkwall Grammar School


Relationship Scotland Orkney

Stromness Academy


Vital Talk Orkney


(*Please note: Eligible charities: All social service charities registered in Scotland through OSCR are eligible, there are no limits to how many teams you work with or how many YPI grants you receive.)


Charity Fair Dates:

Stromness Academy:                     Wednesday 20th February 10.30am-12.30pm

Kirkwall Grammar School:            Friday 22nd March 2019, 9.35am-12.20pm


If you would like to register your organisation to be involved please contact Laura at VAO by email or phone: (01856)872897


Funding bids invited

Funding bids invited A trust fund is inviting applications for support towards educational projects that benefit people in Orkney.

The Orkney Islands Council General Charitable Trust manages funds that were bequeathed by individuals and families for good causes.   Grants can be awarded by the Trust to help projects that advance and promote educational activities.

More information is available from the OIC website and to find out more and how to apply for grant aid - contact Avril Litts by email or by phone on 01856873535 extension 2117

This training is now a one day training course (9-5) held in the Town Hall, Kirkwall Community Centre.

This training is now a one day training course (9-5) held in the Town Hall, Kirkwall Community Centre on the following dates:

Friday 15-02-19

Friday 17-05-19

Friday 13-09-19

Friday 22-11-19

Please email to book a place.


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