• A new fund looking to tackle mental health inequalities has launched in Orkney

    A total of £75,197 is to be distributed to local third sector organisations and voluntary groups in Orkney to help address mental health inequalities.

    Grassroots community groups, social enterprises and third sector organisations will be able to benefit from the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, which launched locally on Tuesday 23rd November.

  • Free computer guides from Digital Unite

    An extensive collection of learning guides about using modern technology created by Digital Unite, the digital learning experts. The easy-to-use guides are ideal for improving your own confidence and skills or for supporting other learners.

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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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