Volunteering Opportunities

VAO act as a link between people who want to volunteer, and groups that need volunteers. We list volunteer opportunities from local, national and international organisations so there’s something for everyone! If you spot something you like, contact VAO for full details or register as a volunteer here.

Retail Volunteer Opportunity - Red Cross Retail Assistants Required


The Red Cross are looking for volunteers to join the staff at their shop in Stromness as retail assistants. This is an ideal opportunity for people who want to give something back to the community and who also want to develop their retail and shop work experience.

The shop is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and the Red Cross are very flexible as to the hours people would like to work.

No previous experience is needed as full training and support will be provided by the friendly staff. So if you would like to spend some quality time developing your retail and people skills please contact Wendy Moar or Ken Whyte on 850 913 to have a chat about the opportunity.

St Magnus Centre Volunteers Opportunity


The St Magnus Centre would love to recruit more volunteers. The volunteers role is to welcome visitors to the centre, explain about the 15 minute film which highlights the life of St Magnus and the history of the cathedral. Assist all other users of the centre, take cash for souvenir items and generally help visitors with information and keeping the centre tidy.

If you are enthusiastic and approachable and enjoy meeting members of the public from all over the world then this is the role for you.

All volunteers receive an induction and ongoing support. Volunteering shifts are done in pairs and the volunteering shifts are 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

If this is an opportunity you would like to know more about please call Denise Brown on 741 336 or at witchend40@hotmail.com for an informal chat.

Ness of Brodgar Visitor Team

The Ness of Brodgar welcomes many visitors on-site during July & August. Following the BBC series earlier this year, the archaeology team expect 2017 to be particularly busy. This year's dig will take place from Wednesday 5th July to Wednesday 23rd August.

An important part of the visitor experience is the team who meet and greet visitors, letting them know when tours are, where to go on-site, how to help support the dig and generally give visitors a warm welcome to the Ness.

Volunteers are wanted to be part of the team. No experience is necessary as full training will be given. However enthusiasm, confidence in working with the public and a love of Orkney's rich heritage is definitely an asset!

The working day is 10.00 to 17.00 but the team are very flexible and are happy to discuss what hours folk can do across a week and the 8 weeks of the dig.

This is a  great opportunity to be involved in one of Orkney’s great experiences and to be part of discovering the rich layers of history in Orkney.

If you would like to be involved please contact Anne Mitchell at the UHI Archaeology Institute on 569 340 (after 1pm) or anne.mitchell@uhi.ac.uk or Rob at VAO on 872 897


Looking south along the Ness of Brodgar

Volunteer Gardeners required at St Rognvald’s House


This opportunity would suit people who love gardening, flowers, plants, hard work and a bit of a challenge!

St Rognvald’s has quite extensive grounds and anyone interested would be helping to make the residents lives so much better and colourful.
Volunteers will be provided with all the tools required and will be shown around the grounds to familiarise themselves with the layout. The management team will be available at all times for any queries etc.

For futher information please could Rob McGregor either by email or by telephone on 01856 872897

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