A new blog post has just been published on the NCSC London (National Cyber Security Centre) website ahead of the CyberFirst Girls competition online round later this month. The blog post also discusses an extra incentive for teams to get involved with 600 free spaces up for grabs at a tailored CyberFirst course later in the year.

More information from here.


Voluntary Action Orkney is looking for committed volunteers who would like to develop and enhance their administration and reception duty skills. The volunteer receptionist will welcome all visitors to Anchor Buildings, answer and transfer telephone calls to VAO staff, keep the reception area tidy, ensure publications are displayed effectively and kept up to date, and assist the administrative team as required, including the circulation of in-coming mail and posting of out-going mail, photocopying, laminating , binding etc.

The available sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 5pm, although we can be flexible on this.

Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are a good communicator, reliable, have a mature and responsible attitude and are keen to develop your skills in a busy but friendly business environment, whilst receiving excellent training and support then this is the role you are looking for!  

For further information please contact Ingrid on 872 897 or send an email at Ingrid.berry@vaorkney.org.uk 



On 25th May 2017 the Scottish Government/NHS Education Scotland (NES) published ‘Transforming Psychological Trauma: A  Knowledge and Skills Framework for The Scottish Workforce’.

This work was commissioned to support the development of a trauma-informed workforce and services in line with priorities to support survivors of childhood abuse.  The framework also has wider applications for people affected by all forms of psychological trauma at any stage in life, and is aligned with the Scottish Government Programme for Government commitment to prevent and address adverse childhood experiences.

The Transforming Psychological Trauma Framework is designed to increase understanding of trauma and its impact across the broad Scottish workforce.  It lays out the essential and core knowledge and skills needed by all tiers of the Scottish workforce to ensure that the needs of children and adults who are affected by trauma are recognised, understood and responded to in a way which recognises individual strengths, acknowledges rights and ensures timely access to effective care, support and interventions for those who need it.

After publication of the Framework, the Scottish Government commissioned NES to develop and design a Trauma Training Plan in collaboration with a range of key partners to guide implementation of training for the Scottish workforce.

The Scottish Psychological Trauma and Adversity Training Plan is a companion document to the Transforming Psychological Trauma Framework. It has the goal of providing guidance and outlining the steps that can be undertaken within and across organisations, services and agencies to develop, commission and embed the use of high quality trauma training.

The Trauma Training Plan also proposes organisational and leadership structures which are likely to support the development of a trauma-informed workforce.

The Training Plan is currently at the consultation stage. The Scottish Government and NES would therefore welcome hearing your view on a number of aspects of the plan.

To submit feedback, please follow this link to the consultation document here. We are asking for feedback to be provided by 22nd February 2019.

If you require further information please contact the project lead, Sandra.ferguson@nes.scot.nhs.uk or visit the webpage for further information here.

The scheme is open to applications for financial support for cultural events, activities or projects taking place in Orkney between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Grants are available to organisations who are involved in projects related to arts, heritage or Orkney dialect, and are designed to support new or existing projects.

Antony Mottershead is the Council’s Arts Development Officer: “The Culture Fund continues to support a really wide range of cultural activity which is so important to the community and brings with it further external investment.

“Last year the fund supported 19 projects including the Orkney Storytelling Festival, Soulisquoy Printmakers, and public performance work by Oceanallover as part of the Orkney Science Festival.

“The Fund remains very competitive and applications are determined on the basis of merit, so I’d encourage interested groups to get in touch to talk through project ideas in advance of filling out the application.”

Applications forms and guidance can be obtained from the Council website or you can email Antony Mottershead, the Council’s Arts Development Officer.

Applicants can apply for funding of up to £10,000.

Proposals must provide high-quality arts, screen or creative industries activities for young people aged 10- to 24-years-old who face one or more forms of disadvantage as listed below:

  • Living in areas of deprivation (priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD); and/or
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and/or
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and/or
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

Each proposed project will be expected to achieve the following outcomes for young people participating:

  • Young people build their capacity and confidence
  • Young people develop their personal and/or physical skills
  • Young people’s behaviours and aspirations change positively
  • Young people’s well-being improves
  • Young people contribute positively to their communities
  • Young people participate in positive activity

Closing date is 25th, January.

Further information here

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