Historic Environment Scotland are carrying out a review in relation to the protection of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow.

There are a variety of ways in which the public can offer their views. The attached document contains details of drop-in events in Hoy, Kirkwall and Stromness and there is a survey page for participants to record their views.

Full details of drop in events available here

The survey page is accessed via here

SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care)

The Scottish Health Council in Orkney has been requested by NHS National Services Scotland to share the attached poster and leaflet with their local contacts. The information is important to everyone who accesses primary care services.

Please note that the resources are designed to be viewed on the web only and therefore do not print well.
This leaflet describes how use of information from GP patient records will be improved to help plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.
It tells you about SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource) – a service that has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers learn from information held
at GP practices.
It explains the benefits of the service and details how your information will be kept secure and confidential.
And it explains what choices you have about the way in which your health information can be used.


Please find the leaflet here

NHS scotland pic

Bank Accounts Comparison Table

Which is the best bank account for your charity?
Many banks and building societies offer special current accounts for voluntary organisations and charities, and most give free banking if the account is in credit.
Conditions and benefits vary, and can change over time, but SCVO have highlighted the main features of current accounts from institutions that have strong links to the third sector, or who have a significant ‘high street’ presence in Scotland in their bank account comparison table through this link  here   


Trustees’ Week: 13-17 November 2017 (5)

Trustees’ Week: 13-17 November 2017 (5)

(Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Each day this week VAO will have an item on Facebook relating to the fantastic work our trustees’ do).
Has effective governance helped transform your charity?
Do you want to recognise the hard work of your trustees?

The Charity Governance Awards 2018 recognise and reward charities achieving great governance.

Entry is free and the winning charity of each category will receive £5,000.

Raising the bar

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large.
We all know that effective governance makes a difference. And by sharing examples of inspirational trustees and brilliant boards we want to show how great governance and doing good go hand-in-hand.

Showcasing our sector

Today, third sector governance is a subject never far from the news. Yet we know that the headlines don’t tell the whole story.

That’s why our awards are exclusively dedicated to charity governance. By shining a spotlight on the best of the sector, we want to demonstrate how effective governance can transform a charity and even more of the lives of its beneficiaries.
£5,000 prize

There are seven categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. The winning charity in each category will receive £5,000.

Previous winners

Asthma UK – winner of the Embracing Digital category

 Watch more of the 2017 winners talk about their award entries
You can also read about the previous (2017) winners and see the full shortlist of 18 charities.

Download our free e-book which features all of the short-listed charities for 2017 and includes lessons for other charities from our judges.

About the organisers

The Charity Governance Awards are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company – a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – in partnership with charity think tank and consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital, charity recruitment specialists Prospectus and volunteer matching charity Reach


Trustees’ Week: 13-17 November 2017 (4)

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Each day this week VAO will have an item on Facebook relating to the fantastic work our trustees’ do).

Governance and Trustees

Governance is a term used to describe the trustees’ role in:
the long term direction of the charity, including its objectives or purposes
implementing policies and activities to achieve objectives complying with legal requirements  accountability to those with an interest or 'stake' in the charity.
Good governance should happen throughout a charity. The trustee board is responsible for good governance but they rely on many different people to be able to govern well: staff, volunteers, advisors and stakeholders.

The Governing Body
Members of governing bodies go by a variety of names – ‘Trustees’, ‘Management or Executive Committee Members’ or ‘Directors’. The name depends on your legal status, governing document and custom and practice. If you’re registered as a company, you’ll have a ‘Board of Directors’. If you’re a charity, it will be ‘Trustees’. The title matters little. What’s more important is that the individuals involved are familiar with the duties and liabilities associated with their role.

See for more information online.

Need a friendly training course on your roles and responsibilities? Contact Edwina at VAO 
Potential Facebook Poll question
Are you currently a Trustee?

Yes, I am a trustee of a registered charity
No I am not a trustee
What’s a trustee, what’s a registered charity?!






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