All our training and learning opportunities are designed specifically for third sector groups. We understand that budgets are tight and so offer training at competitive rates, with reduced rates for members. As well as our standard training courses, we can source or facilitate specific requests. Our courses can also be adapted to suit individual group’s needs so if you have a particular issue in mind, why not give us a call.

In keeping with our policy of equality of access, we’ll travel to the isles to deliver training at no extra cost.

Courses offered include:

  • Committee procedures/meetings
  • Governance
  • Employer responsibilities
  • Financial management
  • Basic book-keeping/Treasurer's Toolkit
  • Project plan writing
  • Volunteer management

Check out our Events calendar for current course dates, or contact  for more information.

OSCR Video: The role of charity trustee

We thought it would be a great idea to ask you and your organisations about your training needs and to also ask a question or two about any training that VAO may have delivered in the past and that you attended. To get a full idea of your needs and those of your organisation, could I ask that this email and the link to the Survey Monkey be sent to all in your organisation? Then we can look to the future and try and address those important training gaps with you.

The link is here - - and the survey only has 10 questions and should take no longer than 3 minutes to complete. Look forward to receiving the responses!

We have also devised a new leaflet to detail some of the courses we can deliver and the link is below, please do take a look. We can also arrange or facilitate other sessions for you if you wish. Need to ask more? Then please, just email or phone 01856 872897 and we can discuss.  

VAO Training Courses Leaflet




Charity trustees are our secret superheroes. They are the volunteers who run our charities – their commitment and passion is what drives the third sector and makes a real difference in our society. While it is a rewarding position, it is not always an easy job and running a charity comes with great responsibility.

Have you attended any of VAO’s Charity trustee training sessions? Fancy an update refresher? Do you want to undertake a session but need some background? Then take a look at this half hour presentation from OSCR – direct from the regulator’s mouth.

They have produced a video explaining more about the charity trustee role, what they must do and the principle of collective responsibility.

You can view a video of their presentation here.

Want to know more about the trustee duties in an informal setting with plenty of discussion? Then email



Please click here for a brief summary of CONTEST which will assist in understanding what the strategy is.

The CONTEST presentation is aimed at Governance arrangements and will take about 30 minutes including questions and Les Donaldson, Civil Contingencies Officer, Orkney Islands Council is happy to accommodate convenient times/ dates to attend an organisation’s normal meeting time, in order to not inconvenience unduly. Contact Les directly on 01856 873535 extension 2119 or email

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Click here for more information on Prevent.

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)

WRAP is a free specialist workshop, designed by HM Government, to give you an introduction to the Prevent strategy and an individual’s role in safeguarding vulnerable people. The WRAP training is for front line services who access people’s homes/ meet them face to face.  This session takes about 2 hours and the co-ordinator for this training is Alison Skea, Learning & Development Manager, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Orkney Island Council. That training is delivered by OIC, NHS and Orkney College facilitators. Contact Alison for more details

If you as an organisation receive a grant or SLA from OIC, then as a condition of this grant or SLA, your relevant staff or volunteers should undertake the WRAP training.

Gift Aid enables charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to increase the value of monetary gifts from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic rate of tax paid by the donor which at present equates to 25p in the pound. With more than 12,000 sports clubs in existence in Scotland and many of them unincorporated entities, there are undoubtedly opportunities for more sports clubs in Scotland to benefit from Gift Aid.

For full information please click here

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