VAO Adult Befriending are looking for 1-2 volunteers who would be able to help out at the Knit and Sew sessions aimed at bringing primary school children and older people together to learn to sew/knit.

You would be fully supported in this role and it is a great opportunity to meet new people and have fun!

Sewing/knitting skills an advantage but not necessary at all. 3 sessions will be held on Monday 24th, Wednesday 26th & Friday 28th October from 130pm-330 pm.

Kirkwall venue to be confirmed.



  • Work alongside and complement clinical staff providing care and social support.
  • To provide meaningful support and stimulation based on individual patient interests. This can include chatting, reading and reminiscing with patients, involving them in craft activities, encouraging food and fluid intake, going for short walks and generally providing companionship.
  • To support orientation within the ward area
  • Dementia Volunteers can assist patients completing the ‘Getting to Know me’ document.
  • The Dementia Volunteers will also interact with families and carers and help signpost them to the right services and support where appropriate.
  • This post is suitable for 18+ volunteers and supported volunteers will be able to take part in small group activities.

Volunteers are needed to become a full listening volunteer following training and a probationary period. Duties will be to provide emotional support to callers who are distressed and could be suicidal.



Samaritans will be holding an information evening on 5th Oct 7-8.30pm at The St Magnus Centre where you can find out more about what being a Samaritan involves.

The selection evening will be held on 12th Oct 7-8.30pm also at the St Magnus Centre.

If you would like to know more about the information evening and the selection process please contact Paula Hemsley at: or call on 07876 635 622.


To support a young person in his creative writing efforts, mainly poetry. He has some literacy difficulties so the volunteers role is to support him by reading through, transcribing and editing his efforts for about 3 hours per week.

Volunteering as a Special Constable

With a long and impressive history the Special Constabulary is a part-time, volunteer body consisting of officers with similar powers to that of police officers.

Special constables, forge strong partnerships in the community, patrolling our streets, preventing crime and interacting with all kinds of people to help keep their local community safe.
Special Constables can act as a positive force for change - bringing with them an extensive pool of skills, talents, experience, local knowledge and diverse backgrounds - as well as enhancing the overall level of service provided by the police.


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