Charity Test Guidance consultation

OSCR are consulting on their new draft version of the ‘Charity Test Guidance ’.

The consultation will run until 26 May 2015.

This guidance is designed to help organisations wishing to become charities, existing charities and their advisers to understand the requirements of the Charity test and how to pass it.

The Guidance has been updated in light of the their experience over the past nine years, granting charity status to nearly 10,000 applicants.

Key features of the updated guidance include a less formal tone, case study examples and web-based sections that allow users to navigate easily between areas of particular interest to their own organisations. The Guidance is intended to be a living document and they will continue to add case studies as these come up in the course of their registration work.

They want to make this guidance as clear as possible and easy for a range of audiences to use. It is designed to work better as online guidance, although a full PDF version will always be available to download.

Friday Friends

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Friday Friends

Do you have some spare time on a Friday afternoon from 1.30 - 3pm?

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver activities to elderly folk. You will join a group of others to plan and deliver sessions. Training and support will be given

Let us know if you want to know more

Volunteers' Week 2015

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2013.

During the week, thousands of events are held across Scotland and the UK, to recognise, reward and thank volunteers for all the effort and time given in the past 12 months. The week provides a chance for all organisations, voluntary or statutory, large or small to thank their volunteers, where they can publicly recognise their services and contribution.

Here in Orkney, we have a thriving voluntary and community sector with almost 600 organisations listed in the Orkney Community Directory. We also have one of the highest percentages of people in Orkney who give up some of their time to volunteer. These figures just go to confirm what we all know, that volunteers and volunteering are the glue which holds our community together, and how we make things happen.

Fraser Devine, Team Leader for Volunteering at VAO said,”….this is the time of year for all local organisations who have volunteers, to do something throughout the week to show their support and thanks to them. We hope that Volunteers’ Week 2015 is going to be bigger and better than ever, and VAO would love to hear about any plans you may have to celebrate the week……”

It’s up to you to decide exactly how you join in; the list of ideas is endless, you really can do what you want, but if you would like some help or advice, you can contact Fraser or Rob at Voluntary Action Orkney or visit the Volunteers Week webpage where you can also download posters, logo’s and certificates.

Get Ready to Volunteer

Would you like to volunteer but not quite sure how to start?

Come along to our Get Ready to Volunteer Course where you will learn about volunteering in the community, how you can get involved and meet other like-minded folk.

Places are limited so please book your place - course is free and starts on Wednesday 27th May, 10-12noon.

Contact or call 01856 872897

Have you completed the Third Sector survey?

The Third Sector Economic Impact Survey is still open and all third sector organisations in Orkney will have received a link to the online survey or a postal questionnaire.

This is a hugely important and long awaited piece of work and we are very keen to demonstrate the economic impact of the work done by the third sector (community, voluntary groups, charities, trusts, co-operatives, social enterprises and volunteers).

We would urge you all to take the time to complete this survey.

We realise that many of you are inundated with consultations, surveys, requests for information but, no matter what size your organisation is, we need your support to ensure a good response otherwise the information gathered will have less value and we will be unable to fully demonstrate the contribution of the third sector to Orkney’s economy.

If you have any questions about this piece of work please get in touch with Gail Anderson at or call 01856 872897. The survey will remain open until 30th April 2015.

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