Adult Support and Protection – new presentation of information.

This presentation, supplied by OIC’s Adult Services, explains the process that is to be taken when someone has concerns about a fellow adult community member, and any subsequent official investigaton or action should this be deemed necessary.

Please follow this link to view the presentation

 Any further questions or queries should be addressed to the Adult Services duty social worker at OIC, Tel 873535 and ask for them.

Generation Code

Generation Code allows young people to get creative, develop their computational thinking and coding skills to become better equipped to take advantage of the opportunities in a world that is becoming digital-by-default.

90% of all jobs require digital skills to some degree and the UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills in 2017. Young people are expected to make up a third of the global workforce by 2020, but many lack the digital skills to enable them to take advantage of these increasing digital opportunities. Generation Code addresses the lack of skills in computer science in young people, empowering them to become digital creators in an ever-changing global society.

In partnership with Microsoft and Youth Scotland/UK Youth, Generation Code provides coding opportunities to young people aged 11-19 years old, The national programme trains Code Champions aged 16-25 years old with no coding experience to take the lead on delivering regular coding activities to young people in their area, sparking an interest in code through themed activities that are relevant to their interests, whether that be fashion, sport or space. Using the micro: bit, Generation Code will help 11,760 young people across the UK get creative with code, bringing coding to life as they make all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

Contact Michele Meehan at Youth Scotland to register your interest., Tel : 0131 554 2561


World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2017

Last year businesses and community groups took part in this event in Stromness and Kirkwall, by lighting a battery operated candle in their window over night on that date. Please consider showing your support for those left behind and in memory of those gone.

What is World Suicide Prevention day?
World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It's an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This year's theme is about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.
Why is it important?
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year - an average of 18 a day.
Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that 'it's ok to talk' can make a huge difference.
What you can do
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. You can also join us on Twitter to spread the word.
When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as saying, ‘it's ok to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.
How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you'll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone's OK and letting them know you're listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they're feeling.
Other sources of information
Samaritans is here round the clock every single day for the year for anyone struggling to cope. If you're worried about someone, or would like emotional support yourself, please get in touch.
• Other sources of help
• Worried about someone?
• How to start a difficult conversation
• Having a conversation in person
• Supporting someone online
Share with your network
Share this with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Erasmus+ information workshops: international funding for the community sector

YouthLink Scotland and Xchange Scotland are currently running a project until the end of the year to promote Erasmus+ funding and opportunities. Funded by the European Commission with its representation in the UK, Erasmus+ funding can offer placements for young people in the community to work and live internationally, to take part in youth exchanges, or for community workers, volunteers and youth workers to take part in funded international mobility training where they can share best practice in CLD internationally at conferences and workshops across Europe.

Xchange Scotland and YouthLink Scotland will be offering free workshops, awareness raising presentations and applicant support in advance of the October 2017 and February 2018 application deadlines.

They also have 2 upcoming workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh (free of charge) available to organisations in the third sector. You can sign up via Eventbrite here



Consultation: Draft standards for Healthcare and Forensic Medical Services for People who have experienced rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse.

The draft standards for Healthcare and Forensic Medical Services for People who Have Experienced Rape, Sexual Assault or Child Sexual Abuse: Children, Young People and Adults are now available to download from the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website at the following link:,_maternal__child/programme_resources/sexual_assault_services.aspx

The consultation closes on Wednesday 13th September 2017.


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