Orkney’s Fuel Poverty Strategy 2017-2022

Orkney Islands Council has published a draft strategy to tackle fuel poverty in the county and would like to feedback from the public.

Orkney is top of Scotland’s fuel poverty table, with 63 per cent of households estimated to be “fuel poor” – spending more than ten per cent of its income on heating. The figure for pensioner households rises to 85 per cent.

Frances Troup, the OIC’s head of housing, said the strategy looks at reducing, and ultimately eradicating, fuel poverty in Orkney.

“I would encourage residents, businesses and other organisations to read the draft document and provide us with feedback,” she said. “All comments will be taken into account before a final version is adopted.”

The document is available at www.orkney.gov.uk, with comments required by Friday, May 19

Details on how to comment can be found at the Orkney Fuel Poverty Strategy Consultation page.


Orkney Rape Crisis is planning to become an independent charity

Orkney Rape Crisis is planning to become an independent charity and is recruiting potential board members.

If you , or someone you know is interested in community safety, improving support for survivors of sexual violence,changing attitudes and promoting equality then you might like to consider finding out more and/or sharing this information with a friend or colleague.

They are holding an Information Evening at the St Magnus Centre, Palace Road, Kirkwall on Monday, 24th April, at 5.30pm. Refreshments from 5pm.

While no experience is necessary they are particularly eager to recruit potential trustees with a range of knowledge and skills including HR, Accountancy/Financial Management, Business Development, Social Media, Fundraising, Violence against Women and Third Sector Development, Youth Work and Education. Time, a commitment to equality, and enthusiasm are also great assets.
Full support and induction training will be given, and expenses will be paid.

If you would like to find out more about their work, and are interested in getting involved please book a space at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/orkney-rape-crisis-information-for-potential-board-members-tickets-33413975099

For more information please email: contact@orkneyrapecrisis.scot
Find out more about what they do at: www.orkneyrapecrisis.scot

Your Islands Your Choice

Your Islands Your Choice – a new approach to funding
The culmination of a very successful partnership programme to introduce participatory budgeting to Orkney was captured by Paul Nelis, Scottish Community Development Council, who visited Orkney to speak to island representatives at the final inter-island voting event held in Kirkwall on 25th March.  During February each of the non-linked isles had held their own local voting event and funding was awarded to a total of 34 projects. The successful projects at the Inter-island event were:  
•Building up Community Wellbeing: Orkney Blide Trust
•Shared Interest, Connecting Communities: Eday Partnership
•Boat Project: Papay Development Trust
Paul’s blog is available at here


Following an award from the Community Choices Fund, VAO, in partnership with the non-linked isles, carried out a small grants pilot PB programme.

During February voting events were held in each of the islands and in March the Inter-island event was held in Kirkwall.  The successful projects are:

Water Installation   
Hi Fi   
Games Table

Travel and Welfare Fund   
Enhancing Egilsay Profile

Papa Westray 
Essential Calm   
Singing Workshop   
North Side Cinema   
PAT Testing Set up

Reprinting of Rousay Walking Guide   
Printing of Rousay Rack Cards

Vat of Kirbister Seating   
Create Stronsay Library   
Games Club   
War Memorial   
Community Singing Group

Treatment couch for nurses room   
Acoustic curtains for community hall   
ipad/tablet for Kalisgarth tenants/service users   
More daffodils for Westray roadsides

Sanday volunteering rangers   
Golf equipment

North Ronaldsay 
Gym Equipment

Community Benches and community outdoor furniture   
All Access Activity sessions

Knit, stitch and craft  group - equipment   
Alan Rosie - upgrade of the Stanger hill road

Shapinsay Speaks   
Youth Drop In   
Trim Trail

Boat house to store the community Shetland yawl   
Hospital Car service

Memorial Garden

Building Up Community Wellbeing   
Shared Interest, Connecting Communities

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PVG Review Survey

An opportunity for all organisations who are enrolled with Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Service to feedback.
It’s now five years since the launch of the PVG scheme and there are currently over one million members of the PVG scheme.
Disclosure Scotland are now undertaking a review of the PVG scheme to ensure that going forward it still provides the appropriate levels of protection. This review will look at how the scheme is currently running and what changes can be made to provide a better service and enhance the protection of children and protected adults.
To ensure that the review of the scheme is run properly and, crucially, they need to involve as many groups, organisations and people as possible. We are therefore sending the following link for all organisations enrolled with Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services to give you the opportunity to feedback directly to Disclosure Scotland on what areas you think are working well and what areas need improvement.
This is your opportunity to feed into the future direction of disclosure checking in Scotland as both an individual PVG scheme member and as an organisation that is working with children and/or protected adults.
If there are others within your group who are also involved in the PVG process then please forward the link onto them so that their views can also be gathered.
The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete.

Funds to explore Mind & Body

Community groups across Scotland are invited to apply for small grants of up to £150, to help support free local events exploring the Mind & Body theme through:
•visual arts
 . . . or whatever else you can imagine!
The Mind & Body theme is being run in partnership with the Fun Palaces campaign, celebrating “Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist”. Events that build on your skills and passions whilst experimenting with something new, across the arts and sciences are particularly welcome.
Application is by a brief online form, video submission or phone discussion. 
Applications in by the original deadline of 3 April will have a decision by 11 April, and may involve a phone discussion. Expressions of interest will continue to be accepted until 10 April, though earlier applications will be prioritised.
Find out more about the Fun Palaces Ambassador scheme here, or get in touch with Lewis Hou, 'Scientist in Residence' with any queries or questions on email: Lewis@scienceceilidh.com, tel: 07813 743662 or on Twitter: @fiddlebrain.
@VAScotland | @funpalaces
Click here for more information and to apply. Or download the hard copy here.

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