Firth Church of Scotland are looking for gardener.

Firth Church are looking for someone who is interested and experienced in gardening and capable of working independently. They would look after a small garden containing flowerbeds, flowerboxes, stone chip borders and concrete paths.
The gardener would be expected to be there for a minimum of one hour per week but can do longer if they wish. A general induction of the building and grounds will be given when the volunteer starts.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897.

The Evergreen Club was established in 1986 to provide a place for older folk to socialise.

The club meets at the Town hall in Kirkwall and provides activities including quizzes, games and music. Refreshments are also provided.

The club is looking for a new co-ordinator as the current co-ordinator is stepping down.

The co-ordinator will help organise the activities for the members, collect the weekly subs and will liaise with the staff at the town hall. The current co-ordinator will induct and train the new co-ordinator for the role

The club meets every Tuesday between 2-4pm and runs from Mid January to mid June and from mid September to mid December.

So if you love working with older folk and having a blether and a laugh wth them please let Rob at VAO know on 872 897.



The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival are looking for dyking volunteers for this year's festival: 29th July-10th Aug. They are looking to attract more local people as well as a younger demographic.

Subsidised places are available with breakfast, evening meals and hostel accommodation provided for those awarded a place (the committee are keen to award this younger folk)

There will also be a range of events including trad music sessions, dances, felting workshops and plenty more will take place during the festival.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please follow the attached link to apply.

North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival Subsidised Accommodation

Apply by 30th April 2018 for a subsidised place. Volunteers can still sign up after this date.




VAO will be sending out a Privacy Statement all our registered volunteers in the very near future. This is to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which come into force on May 25th 2018.  The GDPR will replace the old data protection regulations and is intended to harmonise" data privacy laws across Europe as well as give greater protection and rights to individuals. The Privacy Statement will explain your rights over how your personal data is used.

VAO also see this as an ideal opportunity to update our data base of volunteers and make sure that our volunteer records are up to date and accurate. To ensure that we get the right information we will be sending out new registration forms with the Privacy Statement and asking you to fill them in and send them back to us in the Freepost envelope provided.

We are also asking people to provide new references where their existing references are over two years old. This will enable us to provide up to date and accurate information to volunteer placement providers when volunteers take on new volunteering roles.

We realise that it is a bit of an imposition but if you can spare 10 minutes in filling out the new form this will enable us to provide a better service to you as a volunteer and to the volunteer placement providers.

If you have any questions about the form or the GDPR please contact me on 872 897 or email me at

I have also included a link below which explains the GDPR in more detail.

Read more here:


To receive memberships and enrol new members. Send reminders to those who have fallen behind. Answer membership enquiries. Check and reconcile membership with the bank.

The volunteer should be computer literate, have some literary skills and an interest in the society and it’s aims and be willing to attend the occasional board meeting.

The current membership secretary will give full information, support and advice.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Rob Mcgregor at VAO on 872 897.


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