Volunteering Opportunities

VAO act as a link between people who want to volunteer, and groups that need volunteers. We list volunteer opportunities from local, national and international organisations so there’s something for everyone! If you spot something you like, contact VAO for full details or register as a volunteer here.

Treasurer Needed by Marie Curie Fundraisers

Marie Curie Fundraising Group Orkney is looking for a new Treasurer.  The current Treasurer will be stepping down at the AGM to be held in May 2018 but would like time to be able to go through her duties with the new person and to introduce them to the group before then.

The group are looking for a volunteer who is organised has their own transport, has access to their own computer and is good with money.
Training will be given in all aspects of the Treasurers role and Marie Curie fundraising procedures.

Great News for Archaeology Buffs!

 The Archeology Institute based at Orkney College have announced that they have nine new volunteering opportunities for people who want to take part in the processing and recording of Orkney’s unique history and heritage.

 The opportunities range from hands on work with the finds to research, cataloguing, inventorying and data assessment. The new opportunities are:

 The Cairns Broch Finds cataloguing - Quantifying finds by bag and material (bone, shell etc), Compiling inventory to form a finds catalogue.

 Mapping Magnus Project Archive Research - · Research all properties in the Barony of Birsay. Create a database of properties. Contribute original research to the project.

 ORCA Report Inventory - The Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology  produces numerous professional technical reports from its various field projects. These need to be catalogued.

 Student Dissertation Inventory - Create dissertation inventory. Read abstract/introductions and summarise each dissertation on a pro forma sheet.

 Scanning and Copying -  Primary site archives and records for Ness of Brodgar Project.

 Volunteer Data Assessment - Data input using excel spreadsheet to record and credit volunteer hours,

 Finds Processing (The Cairns Broch, Mapping Magnus Project) - Finds processing involves handling finds, familiarisation with artefacts, careful cleaning in water, air drying, re-bagging and labelling. This opportunity is ideal if you want to get some hands on experience with archaeological material.

ORCA Offprint Inventory - Create ORCA offprint inventory of professional technical reports relating to archaeological field and management practice. Including Printing, binding and stamping offprints

 Cataloguing Archaeological Archive Box Files - Work with the Regional Archaeologist to improve cataloguing and searchability of records. Number shelves and box files. Creating a catalogue of box file contents in an Access database. Ordering and sorting other records held..





Orkney Islands Cat's Protection need Volunteers

Orkney Island's Cat's Protection are looking for new volunteers to help them in their valuable work in looking after the welfare of the island's cat population. There are five areas of work in which volunteers can be involved in.

Shop Volunteer - Why not help out in the Stromness shop? If volunteers are looking for retail experience or are happy to help sort out donations.

Fund Raising Volunteer – co-ordinating and running fundraising activities throughout the year, the fund raising volunteer will organise OICP presence at events and liaise with HQ on developing new ideas for Orkney.

Transport Volunteer – Volunteers will have a full, clean driving licence and will take cats/kittens to and from the vets to ferries and the airport and to fosterers. They will need to be available during the day, on weekdays, for short periods. A van can be provided. If volunteers live in the Kirkwall area OICP would particularly like to hear from them.

 Fosterers Fostering cats is a rewarding experience and can mean looking after kittens in a single room, adult cats in cabins and OICP’s own cosylap fostering (if you have no other cats). Intrigued? Find out more!

 Welfare Volunteer – Looking for volunteers who have what t takes to organise cat welfare in Orkney. They will be responsible for bringing cats/kittens into care and matching cats to potential adopters. Volunteers will need good people skills and will work with fosterers to find forever homes.


Do you like talking about the local news?

If so then this is the ideal opportunity! Orkney Talking Newspaper are looking for Volunteer Recorders. The volunteers are needed to join a small team of volunteers to assist in recording audio versions of "The Orcadian" which are then sent out to service users in Orkney and beyond. As a recorder you will be required to commit to approx. one session per month, on a Thursday between noon and 3pm,

The technical set up is quite simple using a mixer and external sound card connected up to a laptop. The recordings are made using a recording program and burnt to master discs.

Some IT skills required and an ability to work as a team member plus the ability to confidently use a laptop. A familiarity with the use of IT programmes is an advantage.
Full training will be given by other volunteers and the co-ordinator and comprehendsive guidleines covering all apsects of recording will be supplied.



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