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..






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.


The Salvation Army Shop is a friendly, easy going shop which provides a great learning experience in retail for volunteers.

Friendly and helpful volunteers are needed to help out at the Salvation Army Shop in Kirkwall. The shop is tucked away in the Anchor Buildings, just off Bridge Street and is a delightful and easy going place to volunteer. No experience is needed as full training will be provided. So if you would like to develop your retail skills and enhance your people skills in a companiable environment this is the opportunity for you. The shifts available are Monday morning and Saturday afternoon.

If you are interested in this voluntering opportunity please contact Rob at VAO on 827 897.


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.

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


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