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.

Orkney Islands Cat's Protection need Volunteers

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.


Do you like talking about the local news?

If so then this is the ideal opportunity! Orkney Talking Newspaper are looking for Volunteer Recorders. The volunteers are needed to join a small team of volunteers to assist in recording audio versions of "The Orcadian" which are then sent out to service users in Orkney and beyond. As a recorder you will be required to commit to approx. one session per month, on a Thursday between noon and 3pm,

The technical set up is quite simple using a mixer and external sound card connected up to a laptop. The recordings are made using a recording program and burnt to master discs.

Some IT skills required and an ability to work as a team member plus the ability to confidently use a laptop. A familiarity with the use of IT programmes is an advantage.
Full training will be given by other volunteers and the co-ordinator and comprehendsive guidleines covering all apsects of recording will be supplied.



Relationships Scotland Orkney are looking for Board Members

Relationships Scotland Orkney (RSO) is a voluntary organisation affiliated to the national body Relationships Scotland. RSO provides a range of services to support individuals, couples, children, young people, families, and promotes positive and respectful relationships in our community. Services include individual and relationship counselling, family mediation, play therapy, substance misuse support and a Child Contact Centre.
RSO are currently looking for Board members with a range of skills but in particular need someone with finance skills to act as Treasurer. If you are interested please contact June Anderson or Renate Andrews on 877750 for an informal chat.

Could you help Young Families in Orkney?

Home-Start Orkney is a local charity which has been supporting local families since 2001. 

The families supported by Home-Start face the usual daily demands of bringing up young children, but are also facing additional challenges which leave them feeling stressed and struggling to cope. 

Home-Start helps by matching the families with a volunteer befriender, who supports the family one day a week, for 2-3 hours, helping practically and being a trusted confidante. This support continues for as long as is necessary, and gradually reduces as the parents build their self-confidence and strengthen community networks. 

All support is monitored and reviewed by Home-Start Orkney’s three Co-ordinators, who also provide support and supervision to the volunteer befrienders.

To cope with increasing demand for the service, Homestart are currently seeking to recruit home visiting volunteers and Board members. 

Home visiting volunteers all receive initial training prior to being matched with a family, while the Board meets every 6-8 weeks.

Particular skills being sought for the Board include IT, fundraising and business management. 

If you are interested in becoming a home visiting volunteer, or Board member, please contact Erika Copland for more information.

T: 870 770
E: postmaster@homestartorkney.org.uk


Contact Us

© Voluntary Action Orkney 2013 - 2017

By using this website you agree to our use of cookies as described in our Terms of Use.

You are here: Home Volunteering Volunteering opportunities