Ask For Angela" is a national public safety campaign that ORSAS are launching in partnership with Community Alcohol Partnership, Orkney Street Pastors and Police Scotland in Orkney on Monday 18th March 2019. 

The campaign is launching in pubs, bars, restaurants and public venues across Orkney, with its purpose being that any customer can discreetly ask a member of staff for assistance if they felt uncomfortable with the behaviour of fellow patrons. 


View the media release here.

This consultation asks questions on whether the policy intent set out in the Scottish approach to Disability Assistance will meet the needs of the children and adults it is intended to help. We would like to gather views to ensure we have identified the best possible approach to delivering this assistance before we draft the benefit regulations.

Building on our work with Experience Panels we are now keen to gather further views of people with a working knowledge of social security, including disability benefits, and experience of applying for disability benefits. The Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) has been established and will scrutinise the Disability Assistance regulations which will be drafted in accordance with feedback from this consultation.

View consultation here.

The consultation closes on 28 May.

The Scottish Government made a commitment in the 2018-19 Programme for Government to consult on updating charity law to promote transparency and accountability, to ensure the public continue to have confidence in charities and the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The consultation is live on the online consultation hub and can be accessed here.

A press release can be accessed here.


Voluntering is an integral part of the social fabric of Orkney and VAO are passionate about making sure volunteering gets the recognition it deserves. To help us do this VAO would like to get a clearer picture of the numbers of volunteers in Orkney.

We are asking all the organisations who rely on the hard work and enthusiasm of volunteers to take part in a very short survey so we can get a  more accurate picture of the amount of volunteering input into Orkney’s social and economic community.

There is a link to the survey below and if you have any questions at all about the survey please contact Rob McGregor or gary Amos at VAO on 872 897.

 Take the Survey here. 



Today (13/03/2019) the NCA ( National Crime Agency) launch Jessie & Friends, a new Thinkuknow education resource which will help keep 4-7 year olds safe from online sexual abuse.

At a time when younger children are ever more active online, the NCA is reporting an increase in the scale and complexity of online offending against children. In response, NCA-CEOP is engaging directly with children as young as four for the first time through Jessie & Friends.

Jessie & Friends is based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations which follow Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online. The animations are accompanied by:

- a catchy song, storybooks and posters

- a detailed Guidance Pack with engaging learning activities on key topics including trust, consent, and healthy and unhealthy online behaviours, plus expert advice on safe and effective delivery of Jessie & Friends

- advice for parents and carers on using Jessie & Friends to start a positive, age-appropriate online safety conversation with their child

Children across the UK will enjoy learning with Jessie, Mo and Tia through age-appropriate lessons and activities in the school curriculum, or delivered within community-based clubs and other services for children. The NCA are delighted that Jessie & Friends has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark in recognition of the high-quality, safe learning opportunities it provides.

The resources highlight links to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, including Relationships and Sex Education, Health Education and the Computing Curriculum.

All Jessie & Friends education resources will be available to download free from today (13/03/2019) at

You’ll find content for parents and carers

Download films, songs, storybooks and guidance at


“If it makes you feel worried, scared or sad, tell a grown up you trust”: new online safety advice and education for 4 year olds from #JessieAndFriends, heroes of the new animations from [Twitter: @CEOPUK] [FB: Click CEOP]. Download films, songs, storybooks and lesson plans to keep #KidsSaferOnline at


Does your child enjoy being online? Then they’ll love meeting #JessieAndFriends, heroes of these fun, age-appopriate new online safety animations from [Twitter: @CEOPUK] [FB: Click CEOP]. Watch the films, read the storybooks and find advice for parents to keep #KidsSaferOnline at

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