Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is a dynamic, high profile organisation that provides responsive and innovative support services and representation to and for the Third Sector in Orkney.

The Third Sector comprises community organisations, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteers


Community Link Practitioners

 VAO in partnership with Orkney Health and Care are advertising the above posts. The Community Link Practitioner project is an exciting, innovative, collaborative approach to the provision of a person centred service that is responsive to the wider needs and interests of GP practice patients.


We are recruiting two posts:

1 x 35 hours per week; Salary £29,279 (including DIA and pension contribution)

1 x 17.5 hours per week; Salary £14,639 (including DIA and pension contribution)


Based in Kirkwall

The Community Link Practitioners will work with each patient to decide the issues they would like to address and to support them to overcome barriers to addressing them. The post holders will work collaboratively with the primary care team to adopt community orientated approaches, identify community resources and facilitate relationships between these resources and the practice for the benefit of the patient. They will also promote awareness of, build relationships and establish referral processes with statutory and voluntary organisations,

Applicants should have knowledge and experience of working with people who are experiencing complex social and emotional circumstances. They should also have highly effective interpersonal and communication skills and excellent influencing, negotiation and motivational skills.

Closing date for applications is 30th May 2019

Interviews are being held on 5th June 2019

Application packs available from Voluntary Action Orkney, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR. Tel. 01856 872897; also available from Voluntary Action Orkney’s website: http://www.vaorkney.org.uk/ (CVs not accepted). For further information please contact Gail Anderson on 01856872897or email gail.anderson@vaorkney.org.uk.


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Development Worker, Adult Befriending Service

35 hours per week

£24,492 (including DIA and pension contribution)

until December 2020

Based in Kirkwall, Orkney

VAO’s Adult Befriending Service enables older people in Orkney to maintain their independence and remain living in their own homes for longer through delivery of befriending led, practical activities.

The Development Worker will help to recruit, train and support volunteer befrienders to deliver practical support to older people and to establish and facilitate one to one, group and intergenerational activities throughout Orkney. You will have the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds and have a sensitive approach to the needs of vulnerable older people. In addition, you will have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The post holder will be required to become a PVG Scheme Member in relation to regulated

work with protected adults and children.

Application packs are available from Voluntary Action Orkney, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR. Tel. 01856 872897; also available from Voluntary Action Orkney’s website, www.vaorkney.org.uk (CVs not accepted). For further information please contact Linsey Drever on 01856 872897 or linsey.drever@vaorkney.org.uk.

Closing date for applications: Friday 31st May 2019 at 5pm.

Interviews: 11th June 2019


 Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Scotland No 143208. Registered Office: Anchor Buildings, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR. Registered Scottish Charity No SCO10691 


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Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunities & State Monitoring Form


The Scottish Government has published a stakeholder toolkit on the delivery of devolved social security benefits. It is available here.

It is for all public, third sector and charitable organisations who are involved in the delivery of, or providing advice on, the new social security benefits which are being devolved to the Scottish Government under the Scotland Act 2016. These include a range of powers over disability and carers, as well as powers to make administrative changes to Universal Credit and vary the housing costs element.

The toolkit has been produced by the Scottish Government and provides resources and information to help you to communicate with your staff and clients about the significant changes happening in the field of social security in Scotland. 

You can use the information and facts in this toolkit on your organisation’s intranet to inform your employees about the changes.  You could also use it on your external website, newsletters and social media to let your clients and local partners know about the new social security benefits being introduced and how they might affect them.  



We are the go to agency for start up social entrepreneurs in Scotland and have all the support you need under one roof - and best of all it’s free!

Starting a business can be a daunting prospect but advisors are here to help you develop your social enterprise start up idea and getting it off the ground. Including:

  • One to one advice with one of our experienced business advisors
  • Free training to give you the skills and confidence you need to run your business effectively
  • Free resources, such as cash flow templates and legal guides

Support is FREE as we deliver it as part of the Just Enterprise programme.  We are the sole provider of start-up services for the programme.

Ray will be here on the 29th of May. An afternoon workshop will be held to discuss social enterprise in orkney and the funding available through Firstport in the Voluntary Action Orkney boardroom at 2:00.

To book your place please contact Meghan McEwen on 01856872897 or email:  enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk 

Further information here.

The money from the Scottish Social Growth Fund will enable social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups to deliver community projects while contributing to the wider economy.

The Scottish Government has invested £8 million into the fund, with an additional £1 million from the University of Edinburgh and a commitment of £8 million, pending finalisation of the necessary legal arrangements, from Big Society Capital, a UK-wide social investment company.

The Scottish Social Growth Fund will be open to new applications and it will provide affordable and flexible loans of between £100,000 and £1.7 million to charities and social enterprises.  The fund will be delivered by Social Investment Scotland, Scotland’s largest not-for-profit providers of loans to the third sector.


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