The Emergency Care Group require First Aiders to provide medical cover at public events such as agricultural shows, sporting events, half marathons, vintage rallies etc. They may also have the opportunity of driving one of the emergency vehicles when required. (You must be over 25 and have a full licence for any driving duties).

Volunteers are given full training in all aspects of first aid and ambulance work by an experienced and competent trainer, including a certificated full first aid at work course and additional training in using collapsible stretchers and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

So if you are able to keep calm in an emergency, have the ability to follow instructions and protocols, work as a team member, are a good communicator and willing to show commitment to the role then this may be the opportunity for you.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to know more please contact Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897

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Medical Detection Dogs are looking for people with a talent in and a love of photography to help them.

They have events taking place in your local community and need your help to capture them for their social media platforms and website. You would also support them by taking images of clients, dogs and volunteers for their magazine which is published twice a year.

They are also seeking passionate and creative writers and editors nationwide, who can assist their clients and volunteers tell their stories for the magazine (which is published twice a year), by conducting interviews as well as writing portfolios and features.

If you have a big heart and understanding, enjoy writing/blogging and want to help MDD raise awareness through your word about their life changing work, no matter how much or little time you can contribute, they would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities please contact Rob Mcgregor at VAO on 872 897.


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


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.


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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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