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Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases. Now Medical detection Dogs wants to recruit volunteers in Orkney to help in their lifesaving work. There are five new opportunities to get involved with Medical Detection Dogs.

Collection Box Co-ordinator and Leaflet Distributor - If you have very little spare time, but would still like to make a BIG difference to the charity, you could place collection boxes with local businesses or become a Leaflet Distributor, distribute literature and display posters in places that are local to you.

Fundraiser - If you enjoy fundraising, organising events and engaging with the local community, why not become an active fundraiser? You will make a real difference to the work they do, you will have lots of fun, meet lots of new friends and contribute directly to a worthwhile cause.

Speaker - Medical Detection Dogs require a national network of speakers to help promote awareness of the charity, the work they do and the life changing difference the assistance alert dogs can make. As well as promoting the charity, speakers help raise much needed funds and encourage others to fundraise in various ways.

Driver - If you enjoy driving, are a car owner with a few hours to spare on an occasional basis, Medical Detection Dogs require volunteers to transport puppies, dogs, clients and equipment for both short and long distances.

Regional Support Co-ordinator - Fundraising support groups are essential to Medical Detection Dogs. They raise valuable funds and encourage local support as well as inspire others to help them. If you have experience of leading, supporting and motivating people to engage in meaningful and purposeful activity, and are interested in starting or joining a Regional Support group, then this role could be for you!

Please contact Rob at VAO on 872 897 for more information about these opportunities.









Do you love archaeology and enjoy working with young people?

The Young Archaeologists’ Club in Orkney (YAC) are recruiting a team of volunteers, so that they can offer young people 8-15 in Orkney more opportunities to get involved in the fascinating archaeology in the county.

YAC have three exciting new opportunties to get help young people in Orkney get involved with and take part in discovering Orkney' s rich cultural heritage.


Branch Assistants

Will Develop, plan and deliver fun and educational sessions for young people, themed on archaeology. They will also :

 Supervise young people during sessions

 Work with the team to create an annual programme of sessions

 Risk assess activities during planning

 Work within a team of volunteers


A Session Coordinator

Will Coordinate Branch volunteers— in attending sessions and keeping notes for YAC UK, who requires training/PVG checks etc. They will also :

Coordinate booking session venue(s)

Ensure Orkney YAC meets YAC UK’s policies and procedures at all times (e.g. insurance

Oversee annual Orkney YAC session schedule and provide information for Membership secretary to send out to members.

Keep in regular contact with YAC UK


A Treasurer

Will keep records of all membership fees paid annually. They will also :

Keep records of a small amount of expenses for running YAC sessions

Be responsible for the club bank account (pay in and writing cheques/internet banking)

Submit a simple 'finance form' to YAC once a year to show the club's income and expenditure

Be responsible for monitoring any grant money the club receives


Volunteers should have an interest in archaeology, working with young people, have good communication skills and reliability.

If you would like to know more about these opportunities please contact Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897 or


Young Archaeologists' Club



Marie Curie Fundraising Group Orkney is looking for a new Treasurer.  The current Treasurer will be stepping down at the AGM to be held in May 2018 but would like time to be able to go through her duties with the new person and to introduce them to the group before then.

The group are looking for a volunteer who is organised has their own transport, has access to their own computer and is good with money.
Training will be given in all aspects of the Treasurers role and Marie Curie fundraising procedures.

 The Archeology Institute based at Orkney College have announced that they have nine new volunteering opportunities for people who want to take part in the processing and recording of Orkney’s unique history and heritage.

 The opportunities range from hands on work with the finds to research, cataloguing, inventorying and data assessment. The new opportunities are:


 Mapping Magnus Project Archive Research - · Research all properties in the Barony of Birsay. Create a database of properties. Contribute original research to the project.

 Cataloguing Archaeological Archive Box Files - Work with the Regional Archaeologist to improve cataloguing and searchability of records. Number shelves and box files. Creating a catalogue of box file contents in an Access database. Ordering and sorting other records held..






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