Stromness Shopping Week need volunteers to help out on various activities including selling raffle tickets, assisting at the week's events such as the pet show, the sandcastle competition and others. Volunteers will also be required to take cash and help out with children's games.

New volunteers will be placed with an experienced volunteer on stalls and events and will be given instruction before the event starts.

Volunteers who are outgoing and enjoy working with people, having fun, getting stuck in and helping out where needed are invited to get along and have a fantastic time!

The Shopping Week runs from the 21st to 29th July and travel expenses can be paid where needed. Most events take place at the Stromness Pierhead.

 If you are interested in being a Shopping Week volunteer please contact Gina Tait at or PM Stromness Shopping Week on Facebook or Contact Rob McGregor at 872 897 


We are investing £18 million as grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.

The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors.

We invite proposals from:

  • Small to medium sized enterprises (less than 250 employees/turnover less than €50 million)
  • Non-profit organisations (charities and social enterprises)

We are interested in:

  • Exploring markets for new circular economy products
  • Development and adoption of innovative business models for new circular economy products and services
  • Development and uptake of innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy

More information from here. 

Evergreen Tuesday Club is a vibrant club that supports the members by making a cuppa, chatting and reminiscing with the members, helping out with activities such as quizzes, games and other activities, setting up chairs and tables and helping to clear up after the group.

Volunteers are needed who are chatty, reliable, organized and capable. An induction and ongoing support will be provided

Next week, 10th to 16th June, is Carers Week 2019. We're asking you to join us in coming together to support carers, as caring without the right information and support can be tough. 

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers*. They look after family members and friends who have disabilities, mental or physical illnesses, and individuals who need extra help as they grow older. 

Available at no cost to you or your organisation**, our courses support the learning and development of carers to improve and enhance the service they provide to individuals within their care.

Available courses include:

  • Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Principles of Dementia Care
  • Principles of End of Life Care
  • Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care
  • Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care.

These courses are delivered via distance learning methods, meaning that you and your staff can study at a time, and in a place, that best suits you, without affecting anyone's day-to-day roles.

If you would like to enrol staff members onto any of the above courses, please click on the link below to register your interest:

Click here to register your interest.

Need more information?

If you have any questions, please call our friendly team on 01757 600 705 or email us at

VAO are taking this opportunity during Volunteers Week to highlight some of the truly inspiring work being done by some of Orkney’s volunteers. Each day this week we will highlight one of Orkney’s unsung army of volunteers. Today we are featuring Mark. Please follow the link to see how Mark is making a difference in his community.

Volunteer Survey by Mark here


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