Welcome to the Orkney Information Hub, we are currently working on this section and will be continuously updating the information listed. Please click on the links below for further information:

Coronavirus - guidance, support information and resources

Orkney Community Directory

Research Project: Community Led Care in Orkney

Growing Older in Orkney

Children & Young Peoples Service Directory 2018

Adult Service Directory 2020

Orkney Health Walks

 

Coronavirus - guidance, support information and resources available 

VAO are working hard to keep resources current these are now split into two headings support for the public and support for organisations. In this information hub we hope you will find what you are looking for. If you would like information added to these guides then please email ingrid.berry@vaorkney.org.uk 
 
Covid-19 - Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub - A call centre to provide essential information and support to the most vulnerable people in Orkney has been established which will open on Monday. - The NHS is notifying all those most at risk – and for whom the new service is aimed at - by letter.
 

Support for the Public

Coronavirus  -  Local Businesses offering delivery and/or takeaway services listed in areas and split between groceries and food establishments. New section just added for general businesses that are offering delivery to ,you home, ie books, pamper packs, deep clean services.

Coronavirus – Local Organisational Support information -  Links to organisation's’ that can offer support locally and Third Sector local organisations that are closed but still available to offer advice over the telephone and over emails. 

Coronavirus - National Organisations support information (including vunerable group websites, health and wellbeing and  general support  information not health related, i.e top up meters)

Useful links for things to do from home that are free, At a glance, what you can find in this guide: Activities, Arts & Culture, Educational and How to links, Fitness for the home and Science

Orkney CV Mutual Groups for each area

The Orkney Islands Council Coronavirus information pages provide the latest updates and links for, the public, businesses, council staff and the third sector.

NHS Orkney - Keep up to date with what is happening 

" home-related services (plumbers, electricians, businesses that can supply white goods and materials etc) that can be called in an emergency"

Orkney Community Directory – Full Search Facility to all local community groups

Volunteering you can do from home 

Guidance - Volunteering and claiming benefits - What to do if you claim benefits and do voluntary work

Ready Scotland - Helping in your community -The information explains how you can provide essential support safely.

Support for Organisations 

Coronavirus - Very useful guidance ,support information and updates links (Covers General Guidance, support and information, NHS/Public Health information, Volunteer Guidance and Working From home)

Available Funding and Business Support During this Time

Coronavirus - Impact on Third Sector Services Survey 

VAO Current Working Arrangements

The Orkney Islands Council Coronavirus information pages provide the latest updates and links for, the public, businesses, council staff and the third sector.

Business Gateway - Virtual & Local Business Support – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic - Business Gateway is being responsive and reactive to the needs and challenges Scottish businesses face due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below you will find a list of free business resources that may be useful to you at this time.

The role and financial sustainability of third sector organisations across Scotland – Letter to Scottish Government from TSI Scotland Chief Officers

 

The recently updated Children's Services Directory is proving popular with parents and carers, as well as professionals working with children and families. A comprehensive easy to read booklet, the directory gives details of all the services available to children and young people in Orkney. Contact VAO for your copy of the Directory or view online here.

young people in orkney

Welcome to the updated version of the Orkney Community Directory.  The Directory provides a comprehensive list of community and voluntary groups in Orkney along with other organisations and services that may be of interest to you.

We are currently testing a new system  to store Orkney Community Directory information.

Please note that the Search facility is continuing to be improved. Please contact us if you encounter any problems.

We are keen to have as many local organisations listed as possible. If you would like your organisations details to be listed feel free to contact us on enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk Please remember to update us if the contact details for your listing change.

 

Enhancing Wellbeing in Our Island Communities

(funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund and led by VAO)

 

In 2018 VAO in collaboration with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, 7 development trusts and Robert Gordon University commissioned research into community led care in the non linked isles. The research was carried out by Rosie Alexander and the report recommended that the isles communities continue to build and extend existing community services and identify the potential for bringing new services to the isles.

As a result a project has been co-produced with the above partners and Papay Community Council. The islands involved are: Hoy, Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre, Shapinsay, Stronsay and Sandy. The aim of the project is to enhance the wellbeing of older people living on these islands. A project manager and evaluator have been appointed and are employed by VAO. Island wellbeing co-ordinators have been appointed in each island and are managed by each island Development Trust.

The co-ordinators are working hard to produce delivery plans for their individual islands and these plans will be publicly available in the autumn of 2019. Some of the activities already being carried out include organising a dementia friendly workshop on Rousay, providing an outlet for small daily living aids on Hoy and Walls with the support of Selbro, supporting isles initiatives such as setting up Men’s Sheds and looking at ways to encourage the use of existing island assets such as the Healthy Living Centres. They have also provided crucial support to the Community Led Support team to set up workshops in Sanday.

For more information about the project please contact Rosalind Aitken, Project Manager on rosalind.aitken@vaorkney.org.uk

 

 enhanced well being

Final Report on Community Led Care

Apprendices to the Community Led Care Report

Enhanced Well-Being Delivery Plan 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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