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.



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
E: postmaster@homestartorkney.org.uk


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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Conscientious and committed people are wanted to serve as Children's Panel members. There are two broad categories that a child or young person may be referred to a hearing; (i) Care and protection (where the welfare of the child or young person is causing concern), and (ii) offence (where they are believed to have committed an offence).

 Each hearing has 3 panel members and there must be a mix of men and women. The child must remain the main focus of the hearing. Before each hearing, panel members are sent reports and papers relating to the child or young person. Thorough preparation is required by reading the papers to ensure they are fully informed as to the circumstances and reasons why that child has been asked to a hearing.

 Panel members must decide whether compulsory measures of supervision are needed to help improve the lives of those children and young people and, if so, what they should be.

 All panel members must complete the national training programme.  Part of this consists of 7 national training days which will take place in Inverness or Aberdeen (expenses are covered).rt of this consists of 7 national training days which will take place in Inverness or Aberdeen (expenses are covered).

 If this is the sort of volunteering you would like to be involved in please contact Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897 for more details.


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