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About Voluntary Action Orkney

VAO supports the third sector in Orkney by providing advice, information and practical services. The third sector is made up of voluntary, community and charitable groups, social enterprises and volunteers. VAO is a Third Sector Interface (TSI), part of a national network with four main aims:

  • Central Source of Knowledge: third sector locally; local and national policy and how it might affect the local third sector, communities and citizens; how third sector can contribute to these agendas
  • Voice: ensuring a strong third sector voice at strategic level within local planning structures and nationally
  • Capacity Building: developing the capacity of volunteering, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises to achieve positive change
  • Connect: providing leadership, vision and co-ordination to the local third sector to better respond to local priorities, including through partnership and collaboration 

Additionally, in response to the current pandemic the following aim has been added: Covid-19: Work constructively with Scottish Government, local partners and third sector in responding to Covid-19, as required.

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