Volunteers’ Week 2017: You Make The Difference; 1-7 June

If volunteers make a difference to your charity, community or organisation then make sure you’ve got Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June in your diary! It’s the annual campaign to be part of, to thank your volunteers and celebrate the difference they make.

This national celebration of volunteering provides an opportunity for all organisations who are managed by or whose work is delivered by volunteers to say ‘thank you’ publicly.  It also presents an opportunity to promote the fantastic work of local volunteers and organisations here in Orkney.   

At VAO we are passionate about how through volunteering people can take positive action to make a difference to a cause they care about. Orkney’s volunteers are a shining example of how people can make a huge difference to individuals and communities every day; Through volunteering we can make the difference; to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support. For many organisations Volunteers’ Week is also be a chance to recruit new volunteers and showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer and so we also hope that it helps to inspire people to find out more about opportunities locally, take part and try volunteering for the first time.

The week is also an opportunity to inspire others to get involved in volunteering, and this year VAO would like to encourage groups to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities they have available. There’s a huge choice out there but sometimes people aren’t aware of them or they may have a particular perception of what volunteering is about. It would be great to get the word out there and to challenge these perceptions.  People are increasingly looking for flexibility in their volunteering, so that they can fit it in around work and other commitments and your Volunteers’ Week Celebrations may just be the thing to attract them.  So why not create a few short term opportunities that will enable people to give volunteering a try?  VAO is happy to support your organisation to develop and promote existing and new volunteer roles.

We look forward to hearing what ideas and plans you may already have for celebrating Volunteers Week in 2017, but if you’d like some help and support in coming up with ideas, then please do get in touch with Fraser or Rob on 872897 or email enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk. You can also download certificates, logos and fliers from the Volunteers Week webpage, www.volunteersweek.org. For an up to date list of volunteering opportunities in Orkney, visit the VAO website link http://vaorkney.org.uk/images/documents/volunteering/SummaryofOpportunities.pdf

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Scottish Government’s Social Enterprise Strategy

This ten-year, national social enterprise strategy sets out the shared ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland, jointly developed with the sector. It provides a framework for action over the next decade. 

Social enterprise models inclusive growth and this strategy will support the aim of sustainable economic growth, tackling inequalities and building a fairer Scotland.
This strategy will build on the supportive ecosystem, developed over the previous decade, and will cement Scotland’s reputation as world-leading and the best place to start and grow a social enterprise.
The strategy focuses on three main priorities:

  1. Stimulating social enterprise
  2. Developing stronger organisations
  3. Realising market opportunities

These will be developed into a series of action plans spanning the decade, the first of which will be published in 2017.

The strategy document is available here

College Good Governance Task Group

The College Good Governance Task Group made a series of recommendations to improve governance arrangements in Scotland’s Colleges.  A consultation iwas opened on 18 April to ask individuals and organisations for their views about the proposed changes. You can access the consultation here.

Thew deadline for responses is 17 May 2017.

Volunteer Receptionist needed

One of our volunteer receptionists at VAO is taking a sabbatical for a few months which means there will be a vacancy for a receptionist at VAO between May and September 2017. VAO are looking for someone who would be able to commit to volunteering every Wednesday afternoon between 12.30 and 5pm during that period.

Ideally the volunteer would have some admin skills and experience working with the public but VAO would train the right person and a full induction and ongoing support will be given to the successful applicant.

This would suit someone who is looking to update and enhance their skills in a customer facing environment and possibly someone who is looking to get back into the job market. If you think this is an opportunity that would suit you please contact Peter Donald or Rob McGregor for an informal chat. Telephone 01856 872897.

Cancelled Healthy Walk: Monday 24 April

Due to the poor weather forecast the planned Adult Befriending Service Healthy Walk for Monday 24 April has been cancelled.
The team are looking forward to the next planned walk on Monday 8 May. Starting at VAO reception at 10am.
If you want to find out more about the Healthy Walks please contact the Adult Befriending Service at VAO on 872897.

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