The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest rewarding inventions that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury looks for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design.

The competition aims to elicit promising, creative ideas that will encourage and aid the invention of new green products and services and combat CO2 emissions, and which can be put on the market quickly.

There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money available for the five best start-ups. The winner will receive €500,000 to further develop the product or service, and to bring it to market. The runner-up will receive €200,000 and the three other finalists receive €100,000 each.

The prizes, together with the assistance from leading professionals, will enable the winners to develop their inventions and present them to the world within the next two years.

Would-be entrepreneurs aged 18 years or older with a well-thought-out idea are invited to participate in the Green Challenge, which is open worldwide.

 The deadline for the 2019 competition is 1 May 2019.

Further information here.

NHS Education for Scotland is carrying out a national Scoping exercise in order to connect with Allied Health Professions who are working within the Care, Independent or Third sectors in Scotland.

NHS Education for Scotland are keen to make connections with members of the Allied Health Professions across all sectors to provide support for people wherever they work and also to potentially modernise student experiences for professional practice. These connections will enable them to: widen our communication networks; plan for future workforce requirements; and help to connect members of the professions both locally and nationally. 

The link to the surveyand background information is:

  They are seeking responses from the following professional groups:


  • Art Therapists, Drama therapists, Music therapists, Chiropodists/Podiatrists, Dietitians, Occupational therapists, Orthoptists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Prosthetists/ Orthotists, Diagnostic Radiographers/Therapeutic Radiographers and Speech and Language therapists.


We are seeking to connect with individuals who are:

  • Registered as an Allied Health Professional with HCPC in Scotland and
  • Deliver services/employed within the Care, Independent or Third Sectors and

Their main employment/service delivery is not currently in NHS Scotland or a Local Authority.



Volunteer at The MoonWalk Scotland 2019! Event Volunteering with Walk the Walk is a fun, rewarding and memorable experience... they couldn't do what they do without VOLUNTEERS!

Over 1,000 amazing Volunteers form the backbone of the Walk the Walk Team, providing support, encouragement and (most importantly) hugs to the Walkers during the iconic MoonWalk challenges. Whether you are new to Walk the Walk, an ex-walker or a seasoned member they would love you to join their incredible family!

Thousands of women and men take part in The MoonWalk Scotland... a Night Walk starting in the evening of Saturday 8th June right through to Sunday afternoon. There are over 30 roles to choose from and, for the benefit of the Volunteers, these are split into manageable stints... although there are some amazing Volunteers who spend the whole time with them!

If you are interested in finding out more about this amazing event please access the link below to find out how to get involved.

 Further information here.

Scapa Distillery and Highland Park have offered to provide volunteers to help one of Orkney’s charitable organisations with any one off projects they have! This could include outdoor activities such as gardening, painting, maintenance etc or any indoors activities that may be needed.

If you feel your organisation could benefit from these generous offers please contact Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897. Please note that the volunteers are only available for one day so your project should be able to be completed within that time period.

Volunteers are needed to walk a section of the St Magnus Way to check the route, clear litter and do some grass strimming. An IT volunteer is also needed to help manage the St Magnus Way website and app.

The path maintenance opportunity will suit volunteers who have a reasonable general fitness for moderate exercise and gentle walking. Full training in the use of a strimmer will be given and safety equipment provided.

 The IT opportunity will suit those with basic IT skills and training will be given in the more specific aspects of the role.

 This is a great opportunity to be involved with a truly inspiring part of Orkney’s history. See the link here for more information about the Orkney Pilgrimage.

 If you are interested in volunteering for the St Magnus Way please contact Rob McGregor on 872 897 or 




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