This project looks at how patients, families, service users etc feel within 15 steps of walking into a ward, clinic, service and what their first impressions are. You will find more information by clicking on this link here.

NHS Orkney are looking for a couple of volunteers who could give up a few hours of one morning of their time to help with this, every six months or so. It would involve a walkaround the wards and outpatient clinics in the Balfour Hospital, observing the service and providing feedback.


For more information contacy Julie Tait at NHS Orkney on 888 221 or   

Disability Equality Scotland are carrying out a feasibility study called ‘Investing in Access’. The Big Lottery funded project is a scoping exercise to establish a need for a national standard and thus a national award for accessibility in public spaces and other organisations.

It is important to have the input from as many people as possible, therefore, we welcome your participation in our online consultation survey at the following link her

This is your opportunity to have your say, contribute, and communicate your needs and perspectives on the potential for a national award.

 The survey asks general open-ended questions on the topic of current accessible standards and will explore any potential benefits of an Accessible National Award, how it may improve accessibility for disabled people to buildings and facilities including shops, and other private businesses as well as public services.

 If you would like to respond to this survey and are unable to complete it online please contact Anne-Marie Martin to arrange a telephone session.

 Finally, please feel free to share the link to this survey with others.

The survey will close on 28th February 2019.

Kind Regards

Anne-Marie Martin

Investing in Access Project Worker

T: 01259 272064

I would like to invite you or anyone else you know to attend our free community workshop on The Big Lunch, taking place in The SWI Hall, Bridge Street Wynd, Kirkwall, Orkney on Wednesday 27th February from 11am – 2pm.

The workshop will explore why The Big Lunch – whether it consists of 4 people, 400, or anything in between - is such a great thing to be part of and such a simple and enjoyable way to change your community for the better. The Big Lunch will take place across the country this year on the 1st and 2nd of June, and we are hoping that the good folk of Orkney will to come to a friendly, celebratory halt as neighbours from all over the community take the plunge and sit down to share food, friendship and fun together.

Over 40,000 people in Scotland took part in The Big Lunch last year and those who did report feeling more connected, less lonely and more empowered to make positive change where they live as a result of doing so.

In fact, of those people who took part in The Big Lunch in 2018:

  • 82% felt it had a positive impact on their community
  • 78% thought their community was a nicer place to live as a result
  • 77% felt more confident at getting involved in community activities
  • 80% thought it led to a reduction in loneliness
  • 74% made new friends that they wanted to stay in touch with

So please join us at our Big Lunch Community Workshop in Kirkwall to discuss how and why you might help to organise a Big Lunch in your street, building, garden, community centre, local park, beach – or anywhere else you want to!

Please note that the workshop is for information and inspiration only and attending does not commit you to holding a Big Lunch! The last hour of the workshop will be a mini Big Lunch of our own, so please bring along some food to share. Anything from salads to sandwiches to biscuits is absolutely fine. As long as it doesn’t need to be heated up, it will be perfect! Teas and coffees will be provided.

You can sign up using the Eventbrite link below, and please help us to spread the word by forwarding this invitation to anyone else in the community you think might wish to attend.

Also, please help us to spread the word on any social media channels you use.


Thank you!

If you have any questions, please get back to me!

Hopefully see you on the 27th!

Best wishes,

Sandra Brown, Scotland Manager, Eden Project Communities

 M: 07703189049

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Planning is underway to help a further two families from war-ravaged Syria build new lives in Orkney.

These young families are currently living in refugee camps in the Middle East having fled their own homes during the Syrian conflict.

In 2017 two Syrian families moved to Orkney after the Home Office took up an offer from Orkney Islands Council to provide accommodation as part of a UK-wide resettlement programme.

Last year, the Council agreed to offer homes to two further families in support of the country-wide humanitarian effort. Two properties in Kirkwall will be provided when the new families arrive in the coming months.

An experienced and enthusiastic ESOL tutor is needed to work with adults on the Syrian resettlement programme. The post requires a flexible approach as these classes run during the morning, afternoons and evenings.

Please follow the link for more information here


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