Women’s Aid Orkney are currently offering free domestic abuse awareness training.

The sessions are once a month and can be held within Phoenix House or at another venue if more suitable
 
The training is 3 hours long and every attendee receives an information pack and a certificate of attendance.
 
The aims and objectives of the training are:
• To  understand current research findings in relation to the prevalence and nature of domestic abuse
• To consider commonly held attitudes held by people towards domestic abuse and how to challenge it
• To explore some of the reasons why people might find it difficult to recognise and  disclose abuse
• To understand some of the ways people may behave in response to abuse
• To understand the importance of risk assessment & safety planning
• To understand the importance of child/vulnerable person protection measures & working with other agencies to improve current responses
 
The training also covers how to refer and provides information on the local MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences)
 
Please contact
Michelle G Robertson
Service Manager
Women's Aid Orkney
01856 87 1311

Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel Website Launched

The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel oversees enhanced self-regulation of fundraising in Scotland, and is responsible for fundraising standards in Scotland and the handling of fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities.

The Panel has launched ‘Good Fundraising’ its new website which has information on: 

• Good fundraising standards;
• How the public can make a complaint about a Scottish charity’s fundraising; and
• How Scottish charities should manage fundraising complaints.

‘Good Fundraising’ has been designed to be easy to navigate, with clear language used throughout. It also contains useful case studies to encourage best practice. The Panel hope the website will be a hub of useful information for both charities and members of the public. In addition to the new website, the Panel has launched a new logo and a Twitter account.

 

Personalised Registration Logos now Available from OSCR

Scottish charities can now publicise their charitable status by using a personalised registration logo designed by the Official Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). This updated logo replaces the logo released in February 2016. The logo can used on websites, email signatures and publications, including hard copy.
 
To get the logo, all you need to do is visit your charity’s entry in the Scottish Charity Register on OSCR's website; under your ‘Charity Details’ section there will be a link to download the logo. From Here 
 

Out of Hours Services – consultation

NHS Orkney staff who deliver out of hours unplanned services / emergency response health and social care services have been working together to look at how these services can be organised and delivered to provide the best possible service in Orkney. As part of this work the involved staff would like to gather views from people who have experienced these services. We would be much obliged if you could take a short time to give responses to a small number of questions which seek to get a sense of your experience, so we can consider that as part of our ongoing work. Please feel free to share this questionnaire with anyone else you think may want to express a view on this subject. Please return completed forms to ork-hb.primarycare@nhs.net by Friday 25th August 2017.

 Download questionnaire here 

questionnaire

 

 

Life Chances of Young People in Scotland

A report from the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality to the First Minister, has found that aspirations for young people advancing in terms of employment, education and housing are felt to be beyond the reach of some young people in Scotland. 
 
This report highlights the position of young people from less advantaged backgrounds in modern Scotland. While recognising that there is much to be optimistic about, such as improving school performance, record low youth unemployment, and the vast majority of young people leaving school with a positive post school destination, the report also states that "the persistence of the social class gradient is deeply worrying", concluding that "The fundamental fact remains that life outcomes are largely determined by the wealth and social class of one's parents at birth", comprising "a fundamental unfairness, but also significant waste of talent and opportunity for the economy and social cohesion of Scotland".
 
The report, published this month comes as Scotland approaches the 'Year of Young People 2018'; a programme of events, activities and ideas, which aim to "inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally." 
 
Read the report here. 
 

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