Kirkwall Walking Football public sessions will be launched in March at the Pickaquoy Centre:

  • Wednesday         13:00 – 14:00     Starting 2nd March
  • Thursday             13:00 – 14:00     Starting 3rd March
  • Wednesday         18:00 – 19:00     Starting 23rd March

All sessions will be £2 per person

Walking Football is aimed at people over 50 (male and female) however Pickaquoy Centre is keen to hear from anyone under 50 who is interested as there may be an opportunity to develop an intergenerational session. 

There has already been a great deal of interest so for more information call 01856 879900 or e-mail

We have an opening for a volunteer Receptionist in our main office at Anchor Buildings.  As well as visitors to VAO, the Receptionist will deal with callers to other tenant groups in the building.  Duties include front line customer service, dealing with telephone enquiries, setting up for room bookings and supporting admin staff through photocopying, laminating and other office services.  If you’re confident in dealing with the public, like working in an office environment and would like to enhance your administrative skills then this could be for you.  Full  induction and ongoing training provided along with volunteer expenses.

Thursday afternoons, 12.30 - 5.00pm.

For more information please contact Cath Russell via email or tel. 872897

All 356 of SFRS’s fire stations recently took delivery of a BHF-donated Call Push Rescue training kit and each station will now act as a base for local people to learn vital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and potentially save someone’s life if they go into cardiac arrest.

Clearly as Orkney and the surrounding Islands are remote, any form of early intervention could potentially be a life saver.
This partnership is one part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to support the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy and Save a Life for Scotland campaign. We want to contribute to saving an extra 1000 lives in Scotland by 2020.

When someone goes into cardiac arrest their heart is not pumping properly and every second counts. But performing immediate CPR, as part of the chain of survival, can keep oxygen circulating around the body until the arrival of medical professionals or a defibrillator.

The training will empower people and give them the skills they need to deliver life-saving assistance to anyone suffering from cardiac arrest, training can be delivered to up to ten people at a time and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, if any individual or organization is interested in receiving CPR training please contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at the Orkney District Office on 01856 875428 or go to the contact page on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website at

The training can be carried out at the local fire station (if suitable) or at any other suitable venue provided.

"We are extremely grateful to the British Heart Foundation for providing the CPR kits and we hope this initiative will save hundreds of lives in the weeks, months and years to come.”


The Scottish Government has today published a 'National Clinical Strategy for Scotland' that sets out a framework for the development of health services across Scotland for the next 10-15 years.
The document gives an evidence-based, high level perspective of why change is needed and makes proposals for what direction that change should take.

To find out more visit the website or you can view the summary here.

Volunteers Needed for Poppies Display
VAO has been approached by Orkney Islands Council to support a recruitment drive for volunteers who will help care for the spectacular display of ceramic poppies to be installed at St Magnus Cathedral in the spring.  It follows the recent announcement by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, that Poppies: Weeping Window will go on display at the Cathedral from 22 April to 12 June 2016 to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Jutland.
Orkney Islands Council is working with Voluntary Action Orkney to recruit Volunteer Hosts to help out during the poppies’ time in Orkney.
“We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who can spare some time to help us look after the poppies while they are in our care,” said Karen Greaves, the Council’s Head of Leisure and Lifelong Learning.  “The volunteers will be on hand to welcome visitors, answer questions and provide information.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to talk to and interact with the people who come to see the poppies – and to share in their thoughts and reflections as they experience what will be a very moving tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War.”
Full training will be given and the Volunteer Hosts will be supported by Cathedral staff.
Poppies: Weeping Window is from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.
The installation was originally at the Tower of London in 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War. 
At the Cathedral, Poppies: Weeping Window will be open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm, and volunteers are needed for the following shifts. 
•9am to 1pm.
•1 to 5.30pm.
•5.30 to 8pm.
The aim is to have a minimum of two volunteers covering each shift. The artwork will be in Orkney for several weeks and volunteers are welcome to take part in one or more shifts.
If you would like to volunteer and be part of this unique opportunity, please visit the VAO offices in Bridge Street, Kirkwall, OIC Customer Services in Kirkwall, or the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness, to pick up a volunteer registration pack.  Alternatively, complete an online registration form.
For further information please contact Fraser Devine or Rob McGregor at VAO. Phone 01856 872897 or email

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