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.

VAO are looking for a volunteer receptionist to carry out admin and reception duties on Thursday afternoon’s between 12.30pm and 5pm. We are looking for someone who has some admin, IT and customer facing experience. The volunteer will receive an induction and full training in VAO duties and procedures.

This role will suit someone who is looking to develop and build on their existing admin and customer service skills in a busy but friendly workplace environment and will provide invaluable workplace experience for the right volunteer.

For further information please contact Ingrid Berry on 01856 872897 or email

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..






Orkney Island's Cat's Protection are looking for new volunteers to help them in their valuable work in looking after the welfare of the island's cat population. There are five areas of work in which volunteers can be involved in.

Shop Volunteer - Why not help out in the Stromness shop? If volunteers are looking for retail experience or are happy to help sort out donations.

Fund Raising Volunteer – co-ordinating and running fundraising activities throughout the year, the fund raising volunteer will organise OICP presence at events and liaise with HQ on developing new ideas for Orkney.

Transport Volunteer – Volunteers will have a full, clean driving licence and will take cats/kittens to and from the vets to ferries and the airport and to fosterers. They will need to be available during the day, on weekdays, for short periods. A van can be provided. If volunteers live in the Kirkwall area OICP would particularly like to hear from them.

 Fosterers Fostering cats is a rewarding experience and can mean looking after kittens in a single room, adult cats in cabins and OICP’s own cosylap fostering (if you have no other cats). Intrigued? Find out more!

 Welfare Volunteer – Looking for volunteers who have what t takes to organise cat welfare in Orkney. They will be responsible for bringing cats/kittens into care and matching cats to potential adopters. Volunteers will need good people skills and will work with fosterers to find forever homes.


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