Voluntary Action Orkney is working closely with the Orkney Islands Council, the NHS the Third Sector and local volunteers in Orkney to support a joined-up response to COVID-19.

The Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub has been established to provide essential information and support to the most vulnerable in Orkney who have been identified by NHS as being at higher risk and having to stay at home for 12 weeks. A call centre provides essential information and support to the most vulnerable people in Orkney and volunteers take part in various deliveries and dog walking.

If you are on Facebook you may have seen or heard of the Orkney CV Mutual Aid Groups that have been set up in each area (usually your parish) by local volunteers.

If you think you can help in any way and would like to volunteer for these groups please register your interest here or you can contact Rob McGregor on 01856 872 897

Or if you have information about any other organisations that are providing support to people in this crisis such as Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland’s ‘Kindness Callers’ please let us know.

Voluntary Action Orkney are currently turning our volunteer focus towards the coronavirus (Covid-19) emergency situation. As we are sure you understand, our other volunteering opportunities are currently on hold. We hope to resume to normal service when this situation ends though and we look forward to sharing our placements with you then.

Girl Guiding Orkney are looking for two team leaders (this could be a role share) supporting and managing other volunteers by becoming a local commissioner - one in the West Mainland and the other would cover Kirkwall, East Mainland, Burray & South Ronaldsay In this role, you'll be responsible for and accountable to the whole membership  of your district  and for ensuring the delivery of quality guiding. This is a big responsibility and also a brilliant opportunity to have a real impact.

As a commissioner, you'll provide inspirational leadership to your local team as you work together to create exciting opportunities for girls and young women. Of course, you'll also have lots of fun as you get to know the volunteers you support.

You will need to have an an open and approachable manner, be reliable and trustworthy. Have excellent communication skills, an ability to manage time and prioritise tasks, good decision-making skills and an abilty to motivate and inspire adult volunteers.


Whether leading a unit, or helping out more casually, you'll run activities, games, projects and events that give girls the opportunity to discover their potential and the world around them. If you'd like to lead a guiding group, you'll be supported to complete our Leadership Qualification, with training on everything from planning your programme to child safety. We are looking for leaders for Rainbow, Brownie & Guide units throughout Orkney to offer this amazing opportunity to more girls in our Community.

GGO are looking for individuals who are seeking a highly rewarding role where you'll develop great relationships with your team and your girls.

If you are interested in either of these fantastic opportunities please contact Rob McGregor at robert.mcgregor@vaorkney.org.uk or 872 897

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Summer has finally arrived and the CLAN are looking for keen gardeners to help with the maintenance and upkeep of their beautiful garden at the back of the CLAN shop. You do not need green fingers but should be enthusiastic, willing to learn and ready to get stuck in!

For full details please contact Rob McGregor on 01856 872897 or email here

Clan gardening

The Orcadian Story Trust is a heritage group whose aim is to preserve, promote and develop the tradition of story telling in Orkney. The trust offers events throughout the year for all ages, culminating in the annual Orkney Story Telling Festival in October. The trust is an all volunteer organisation and are looking for a new volunteer who can take on the role of treasurer. They are looking for someone who is interested in helping to preserve the stories and the traditional art form of story telling.

The trust require an organised person with some experience of balancing the books and completing forms and who can complete tasks in a timely manner. Training will be provided for as long as necessary and there will be ongoing support.


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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 robert.mcgregor@vaorkney.org.uk


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