Volunteers needed to play cards and skittles!

Volunteers are wanted to help with a new weekly games group for older adults to be run on Thursday afternoons. The volunteer will help out with teas, coffees and games. The games will include indoor bowls, boccia, quoits and skittles. There will also be board and card games.
No experience is needed but a caring nature and good communication skills along with the ability to support and encourage older people to take part would be great.
If you would like to know more about this opportunity and like the idea of having a cuppa and playing cards with some of Orkney’s delightful older folk please contact Rob or Arlene on 872 897 for a chat.

Scottish Rural Action - Online Forum Volunteer

The main purpose of this volunteer role is to manage and moderate online discussion forums. The online forum is a key medium for SRA to engage with members throughout Scotland and offer an opportunity for members to contribute their thoughts, ideas and issues in online conversation.

Tasks / Description of Role

To manage and moderate online discussion forums

To respond to enquiries received through the forum

To perform general moderator duties e.g. accept new members, flag issues with SRA staff

To contribute to discussions/create discussion topics

Although training will be provided to enable volunteers to do this we particularly welcome volunteers with previous experience of rural affairs, community work, experience in political or social organisations/movements, campaign experience or who live in very rural/remote areas. Particular interest in the issues surrounding rural areas and Land, Business, Digital Connectivity, Transport or Local Governance is also welcome. Experience of online discussion forums would be beneficial.

Historic Environment Scotland - Martello Towers Volunteer Guide

HES are looking for volunteers to provide support who can deliver to their excellent customer care standards. HES sites are at their busiest at weekends, on bank holidays, during school holidays and the summer months. It is at these times that they will schedule a number of special days for volunteers to lead and deliver tours for visitors. Whilst there are no strict requirements regarding how many tours an individual will deliver they desire a minimum commitment of one tour per month to enable the success of the tours. The number of tours will be flexible, and agreed with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Barony Mill Guide


Summer is around the corner and Birsay Heritage Trust are looking for volunteers to become Barony Mill Tour Guides.
The Mill Guide welcomes visitors to the premises, introduces him or herself and the purpose of their role and informs them as to the safety aspects of moving around the mill. He or she then gives a semi-scripted guided tour of the mill which lasts approximately one hour, answering questions, if asked, to the best of their ability. Visitors are given a history of the business and are shown the workings of the machinery and the production process of making beremeal. 
They are given an understanding of the uniqueness of bere, this historically important cereal grown only here in Orkney and milled only in Birsay. Guides work by rota, the Mill being open daily between 11am and 5pm. It may be possible to work half days if there are sufficient volunteers, and to take into account the needs of volunteers to work flexibly.
Volunteers should enjoy dealing with members of the public and be good communicators. They should be fit enough for getting up and down stairs (three levels) and comfortable with occasional lone working. An interest in local history and social history is desirable. They must be trustworthy with money handling and reliable.

Shop Volunteers Wanted!



The Salvation Army shop has been in touch as they have some vacancies they would like to be able to fill. They would like to hear from volunteers who would be able to cover the following shifts:

Alternate Thursdays: 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm 

Alternate Fridays: 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm 

Occasional Saturdays: 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm

If you would like to volunteer in a warm and friendly retail environment then this would be the post for you. If you are interested contact Rob at VAO on 872 897

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