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


Youth Development Worker - VAO

15 Hours

Based in Kirkwall

£27,620 pro rata (including DIA and pension contribution)


The post will be responsible for promoting, supporting and developing an inclusive culture of youth volunteering in Orkney, identifying and creating volunteering opportunities for young people, and promoting the Saltire Award.

Applicants will understand the voluntary sector and volunteering. They will have experience of working with young people and demonstrate knowledge of and empathy with the issues that affect young people. They should have excellent written and oral communication skills, experience of partnership working and be educated to degree level or have equivalent experience.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 30th January 2020

Interviews are being held Thursday 6th February 2020

Both posts require a PVG scheme membership with regard to regulated work with children and protected adults.

Application packs available from the links below:

Covering Letter

Job Description

Application Form

EO State Monitoring Form


For further information please contact Ros Aitken on 01856872897. 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

Adult Befriending Service - Group Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to help out at our Evergreen Group at Eunson Kloss on Tuesday afternoons 1.30- 3.00pm. This a well-established and popular group for people 60 years and over.

As a volunteer you would help out with activities such as:

  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Making tea and coffee
  • Having a good blether

No previous experience required!

If you are interested in helping out at this group please contact the Adult Befriending Service on 01856 872897 and ask to speak to Alison, Kasia or Lynn

Volunteer Befrienders -  Birsay and Deerness

The Adult Befriending Service are looking for  one to one volunteer befrienders in Birsay and Deerness

  • Do you have an hour a week to spare to visit an older person?
  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Do you have use of a car?

You could make a real difference in someone’s life!

As a befriender you would take your befriendee out once a week.

  • Go for a drive
  • Visit a café for a chat
  • Go to a place of interest
  • Visit the shops together

Mileage will be paid and training will be given.

If you are interested in becoming a befriender in Birsay or Deerness please contact the Adult Befriending Service on 01856872897 and ask to speak to Alison, Kasia or Lynn

Trainer – Alison Clyde, CEO, Generations Working Together

Wednesday 25th March 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm at Kirkwall and St Ola Town Hall and Community Centre, Broad Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1DH

The course is divided into three areas and covers the following learning outcomes:

Brief course Information

What is Intergenerational Practice?

  • · Explain how planned intergenerational work can be relevant to meeting policy aims in different areas of social policy, community development and work with children, families and older people.

Bringing Groups Together

  • · Describe and demonstrate how intergenerational activities and projects can be accessible and inclusive.

Social Impact

  • · Evaluate the potential impact which intergenerational practice may have on participants and within communities.

Participants can request a certificate awarding them with 4 hours of accreditation.

£50 – Concession: GWT Member / Third Sector Under 250K / GWT Member Public
£75 – Full: Non member/Private/Public


To Book



The St Magnus Centre would love to recruit more volunteers. The volunteers role is to welcome visitors to the centre, explain about the 15 minute film which highlights the life of St Magnus and the history of the cathedral. Assist all other users of the centre, take cash for souvenir items and generally help visitors with information and keeping the centre tidy.

If you are enthusiastic and approachable and enjoy meeting members of the public from all over the world then this is the role for you.

All volunteers receive an induction and ongoing support. Volunteering shifts are done in pairs and the volunteering shifts are 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

The Centre opens for visitors during the season which runs from April to October.

If this is an opportunity you would like to know more about please call Bruce Gorie on 870 824 or at bruce.gorie@btinternet.com for an informal chat, or Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897.

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