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

The Ness of Brodgar welcomes many visitors on-site during July & August. Following the BBC series earlier this year, we expect 2018 to be particularly busy.

Volunteers are needed to help meet and greet visitors at the Ness of Brodgar dig site this summer from 4 July to 22 August. The site is open every day except 11 August and we have 2 Open Days; 15 July and 19 August

We need people to meet visitors to the site, make sure they get parked safely, direct them to tours, show them the shop, tell them about sponsoring a square and answer any questions they may have. If you are confident, outgoing and like meeting people from all over the world and have some spare time, this is the perfect way to spend the summer in Orkney.

The week is split into  different sessions:

Monday - Friday 10.00 - 13.00 or 13.00 - 16.30 (or all day if you prefer)
Sat/ Sun - the shop is open only for the duration of the tours at 11.00 and 15.00

If you would like to be involved please contact Anne Mitchell at the UHI Archaeology Institute on 569 340 (after 1pm) or or Rob at VAO on 872 897 

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Cashier volunteers would be serving at the till, should be good at cash handling and customer service.  Training will be given.

Back shop volunteers would be sorting, pricing and displaying donations


If this is an opportunity that you are interested in please contact Karen at the CLAN shop on 873 393 or Rob McGregor on 872 897.



VAO Adult Befriending Service are looking for volunteers to help with a new weekly games group for older adults to be run on Thursday afternoons. The volunteers 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 of working with older folk 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.

So if you feel like spending your Thursday afternoon’s playing games and having a brew with some lovely older folk please contact Linsey or Arlene on 872897.

Victim Support Orkney need volunteers who can provide emotional and practical support to those who have been affected by crime including those affected by past crimes.

The support is community based through telephone, email or home visits where possible.


Victim Support aims to ensure people are fully supported through the criminal justice process and have access to support in order to rebuild their lives. Volunteers must be reliable, sensitive, non-judgemental and have the ability and confidence to help distressed and vulnerable people.

Strict confidentiality must be adhered to at all times. Training takes place over three days in Inverness and Victim Support would expect volunteers to commit to a minimum period of 12 months volunteering after training.

Victim Support Orkney need volunteers.

For further information please contact Rob on 872897 or drop him an email 


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