Orkney Athletic Club need someone who can deal with all financial issues relating to the club (including gathering and banking cash for term fees / trips, etc); 
Deal efficiently and effectively with all invoices and bills; Liaise with suppliers, notably the Pickaquoy Centre re bookings/payments and other financial duties.

This role requires someone who has some experience of finance management, keeping financial records. The current treasurer will provide a full induction and hand over.

So if you are Reliable and trustworthy, have good record-keeping skills, are diligent and can meet deadlines and is good with basic finances this is your ideal role!

A basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel would be an advantage.

OAC are also looking at recruiting a group of volunteers to assist the Treasurer with specific activities e.g. fundraising, sponsorship grant applications etc so if you are interested in the treasurer role or helping out with the above please contact Rob McGregor on 872 897 or Robert.mcgregor@vaorkney.org.uk


Responsibility for all devolved benefits, including their funding, will sit with the Scottish Government from 1 April next year, with delivery for disability benefits rolled out shortly after.

The system will have a redesigned application process and significantly fewer face to face assessments, which will be carried out through the agency by qualified assessors and audio-recorded as standard. There will be rolling awards with no set end points and those with fluctuating health conditions will not face additional reviews due to regular changes in needs related to their condition. We will also move the burden of collecting information from the client to Social Security Scotland.


A copy of the Cabinet Secretary’s full statement is available here

 The timetable for the delivery of devolved benefits is:

  • In 2019, Best Start Grant, Funeral Expense Assistance, and the Young Carer Grant will be delivered
  • The brand new Job Grant, which we are currently consulting on, will help young people moving back into employment
  • In summer 2020, Social Security Scotland will open to new claims for Disability Assistance for Children and Young People, our replacement for Child Disability Living Allowance
  • By end 2020, children who receive the highest care component of Disability Assistance will also be entitled to Winter Heating Assistance
  • By end 2020, Social Security Scotland will open to new claims for Disability Assistance for Older People, our replacement for Attendance Allowance, for people over the state pension age who need someone to help look after them because of a disability or long-term illness
  • In early 2021, Social Security Scotland will open to new claims for the most complex form of Disability Assistance for Working Age People, our replacement for the UK Government’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • By the end of 2021 Social Security Scotland will also open to new claims for Carer’s Assistance, our replacement for Carer’s Allowance, folding together that benefit, Carer’s Allowance Supplement and additional money for carers of more than one disabled child in a way that meets carers’ needs
  • end of 2021 - Winter Heating Assistance and Cold Spell Heating Assistance delivered to some eligible recipients in their current form and to those in receipt of assistance from Social Security Scotland. An agency agreement will mean the DWP processes payments for the remaining recipients, with Social Security Scotland growing the caseload year on year.

You can read the full Scottish Government press release here 

A full suite of position papers that outlines the work undertaken to determine upon the delivery schedule is available here

A Q&A on devolved benefits is available here


Rob McGregor from Orkney Walking Groups will be delivering Paths for All accredited Walk leader Training on Monday 1st April.

The training will run from 9.30am to 4pm at the VAO offices.

After attending this course participants will be able to:


  • Outline the main benefits to be gained from becoming more active
  • Recognise moderate intensity physical activity
  • Be able to describe a Health Walk and know what makes a suitable route for a Health Walk
  • Have an understanding of risk assessment and recognise potential hazards on a Health Walk.
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of a Walk Leader


Please note: Training includes a demonstration health walk so please come wearing flat supportive footwear and loose, comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. Please bring anything else you may need with you.

Refreshments will be provided but you will need to make provision for lunch.

If you would like to book on this training or know more about Orkney Walking Groups please contact Rob on 872 897 or robert.mcgregor@vaorkney.org.uk

Voluntering is an integral part of the social fabric of Orkney and VAO are passionate about making sure volunteering gets the recognition it deserves. To help us do this VAO would like to get a clearer picture of the numbers of volunteers in Orkney.

We are asking all the organisations who rely on the hard work and enthusiasm of volunteers to take part in a very short survey so we can get a  more accurate picture of the amount of volunteering input into Orkney’s social and economic community.

There is a link to the survey below and if you have any questions at all about the survey please contact Rob McGregor or gary Amos at VAO on 872 897.

Take the Survey here.

It's nearly here!  Fairtrade Fortnight starts next week and you can see coverage of our plans in this week's Orcadian, including the Great Chocolate Fairbake Challenge, a visit from Zaytoun, the Palestinian Fair Trade olive oil and dates company, and a special schools event on board the Hamnavoe.

Please support our local cafes and the Fairtrade movement by grabbing yourself a tea or coffee and a Chocolate Fairbake - or two - or lots - over the next two weeks.                                                           You can see day by day details on our Facebook page here.

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