Office Space Available

Office space has become available in the Kirkwall Travel Centre. So if you are currently looking for accommodation and you are a voluntary organisation contact Ingrid on ingrid.berry@vaorkney.org.uk for more information.

Poverty and Disadvantage in Orkney Survey

Surveys keep telling us that Orkney is the best place to raise a family. While they are right that there is lots of fresh air, wide open spaces and beaches, and low levels of crime…does every child and family in Orkney have the best experience?

The Orkney Childcare and Young People’s Partnership is trying to find out just that with the launch of a survey to find out what poverty and disadvantage means for young folk growing up in Orkney; what’s working well; and what could be improved in the future.

It’s a survey for all parents, not just those that think they might be in poverty, and there are also questions specifically for teachers and those working with and for children and young people at the same survey link.

And people completing the survey can enter themselves into a free prize draw for the chance to win one of two £50 prizes as a thank you for taking part.

You can find the survey here

Helpline set up to help charities prepare for GDPR

A new helpline has been set up to help charities get ready for new data protection legislation.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a dedicated advice line to help small organisations prepare for a new data protection law.

The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities and recognises the particular problems they face getting ready for the new law, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR replaces the current Data Protection Act and comes into force on 25 May 2018. The legislation will strengthen the rules around personal data and requires organisations to be more accountable and transparent. It also gives people greater control over their own personal data.

The new phone line will offer additional, personal advice to small organisations that still have questions.

Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “All organisations have to get ready for the new data protection rules, but we recognise that the 5.4 million small organisations in the UK face particular challenges. “Small organisations want to be ready when the new law comes into force in May 2018, but they often struggle to know where to start. They may have less time and money to invest in getting it right and are less likely to have compliance teams, data protection officers or legal experts to advise them what to do. “Our new phone service and all the other resources already on our website plus even more advice and guidance yet to come will help steer small businesses through the new law.”

People from small organisations should dial the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113 and select option four to be diverted to staff who can offer support.

Make a real difference with your Christmas shopping this year with our 2017 Social Enterprise Gift Guide.

The guide is packed with great ideas for what to put under your tree this December, with presents that your friends and family will love. And they're not just any presents - they're presents with purpose.

Every single one of the beautiful gifts in our guide has a real social or environmental impact with everything from luxury soap creating jobs for the blind to socks (a classic) tackling issues such as homelessness, gender equality, access to clean water, education and child health.

There's jewellery supporting women who have escaped exploitation, bags funding education projects in India, chocolates employing young adults with autism, home wares providing opportunities for those suffering from mental illness, coffee that empowers the homeless to become professional baristas, and yoga gear that funds business courses for women in rural India.

Each of the items is sorted into gifts for him, for her, for children, for under £20 and for when you might want to treat someone special.

Find your perfect gift here

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