BASICS Scotland are looking for volunteers to play ‘casulties’ for certain trauma simulations, as part of training course for Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics. You’ll be required on Sunday 8th Oct from 8.30am to 4pm. Lunch, refreshments and travel expenses provided.

BASICS Scotland run Pre-Hospital Care Courses that are designed for Doctors, Nurses & Paramedics who work or have an interest in working in the pre-hospital field.
They are running a Pre-Hospital Care Course at the Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall and on the last day of the course (Sunday 8th Oct) they will be running some Trauma Simulations that they would require 4 volunteer casualties for.
The volunteer “casualties” would be required on the Sunday 8th Oct, from approx. 8.30am – 4.00pm and they would require to bring warm, waterproof outdoor clothing and suitable footwear as there will be some of the simulations outside with casualties lying on the ground.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day and BASICS Scotland will also pay reasonable travelling expenses if required.

If you are interested in this, please get in touch with Rob McGregor at VAO on 872897 or email


The Clan shop are short of shop staff at the moment and would be very pleased to welcome volunteers who could cover the following shifts.

Tuesday afternoon (1pm-4.30pm) within the back shop, which involves sorting donations/pricing etc, this area needs someone who is fairly confident and who doesn’t need supervision.

Wednesday morning (10am-1pm) A similar volunteer, someone who is looking to work with clothing/pricing and is also fairly confident.

Thursday morning (10am-1pm) As above, someone willing to sort through donations and work in the back.

These are the shifts that volunteers are needed for most urgently.

Clan could also really do with volunteers who are willing to work on the till, as they often need to cover shifts when people are on holiday.

If you think you would like to work iin the Clan shop (as seen on BBC television!) and fit the above criteria please contact Kayleigh on 873 393 for a chat.

Volunteering in Birsay

The Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are pleased to announce the first set of dates for the various exciting activities over the next few months in and around the Palace village area of Birsay. The full list can be found on the Mapping Magnus information page on our blog: 
They also have an information point in the foyer of the Birsay Hall. There you can find project information, dates and find out about the results so far. They will also post regularly on their blog. 
The next activity for this month starts this week:
Village survey. 25 & 26 August
Record and survey the upstanding archaeology in and around Palace Village, Birsay. Learn survey techniques with Dan Lee from the Archaeology Institute.
Where? Meet at Palace village car park opposite kirk. 
When? 10am – 3pm
Anyone interested in taking part can book their place now.
Contact Mary Connolly on 569 225! 
Volunteers can go for a few hours or for the whole day. Good luck! 

Young Scot has teamed up with the Money Advice Service to work with a group of students from across Scotland, aged 16-25, looking at what support young people have to make the most of their money. Volunteers will get the chance to challenge themsleves to be innovative and creative through developing their skills - listening, communicating, presenting, team work, designing, prototyping, digital and social media; increasing their confidence, being empowered, challenging the people at the top, meeting other people from across Scotland and working as a team; developing their knowledge through research; coming up with solutions and ideas as a team and working towards actions to implement them.


Young Scot


Scottish Water have been in touch with VAO to offer the services of their local staff, to volunteer and help deliver a short community volunteering project, here in Orkney.

Scottish Water’s employee volunteering programme was launched in spring 2011, and in the last year alone more than 500 Scottish Water employees have taken part in their volunteering programme.

Employees are supported to carry out volunteering on week days and during office hours. Unfortunately they don’t have a budget but they do have enthusiastic employees who love to make a difference for others.

If you have an idea for a practical, non-fund raising activity that Scottish Water could complete in 1 day, please contact Fiona Burley at Scottish Water with as much detail as possible. Fiona will be happy to answer any questions you have and would love to have a chat with you about your proposal.

Fiona can be contacted via email at

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