All our training and learning opportunities are designed specifically for third sector groups. We understand that budgets are tight and so offer training at competitive rates, with reduced rates for members. As well as our standard training courses, we can source or facilitate specific requests. Our courses can also be adapted to suit individual group’s needs so if you have a particular issue in mind, why not give us a call.

In keeping with our policy of equality of access, we’ll travel to the isles to deliver training at no extra cost.

Courses offered include:

  • Committee procedures/meetings
  • Governance
  • Employer responsibilities
  • Financial management
  • Basic book-keeping/Treasurer’s Toolkit
  • Project plan writing
  • Volunteer management

Check out our Events calendar for current course dates, or contact  for more information.

VAO Training Courses Leaflet available here .  A range of training course leaflets are also available from here 

OSCR Video: The role of charity trustee

Help Us Help You - Training Requirements - Survey

Voluntary Action Orkney is in the process of putting together information sessions on a variety of topics to offer to third sector organisations in Orkney.  

We realise every organisation is unique and all have varying priorities. We would like to offer you a choice of information topics you feel you would like to attend. By choosing up to 3 modules per session you can mix and match topics/modules to suit where you feel your organisation would benefit the most. 

In order to plan effectively we would like to gauge the level of interest in the topic areas listed within the survey to assess which would be most relevant and useful to your organisation at this unprecedented time. 

The survey is available here and  should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and we would be grateful if you could participate.  Please note the deadline is 25th September 2020 at 5pm

If you have any questions about this survey please contact  

VAO Training Courses Leaflet

OSCR Video: The role of the charity trustee

Charity trustees are our secret superheroes. They are the volunteers who run our charities – their commitment and passion is what drives the third sector and makes a real difference in our society. While it is a rewarding position, it is not always an easy job and running a charity comes with great responsibility.

Have you attended any of VAO’s Charity trustee training sessions? Fancy an update refresher? Do you want to undertake a session but need some background? Then take a look at this half hour presentation from OSCR – direct from the regulator’s mouth.

They have produced a video explaining more about the charity trustee role, what they must do and the principle of collective responsibility.

You can view a video of their presentation here.

Want to know more about the trustee duties in an informal setting with plenty of discussion? Then email

CONTEST: The United Kingdom’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism

Please click here for a brief summary of CONTEST which will assist in understanding what the strategy is.

The CONTEST presentation is aimed at Governance arrangements and will take about 30 minutes including questions and Les Donaldson, Civil Contingencies Officer, Orkney Islands Council is happy to accommodate convenient times/ dates to attend an organisation’s normal meeting time, in order to not inconvenience unduly. Contact Les directly on 01856 873535 extension 2119 or email

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Click here for more information on Prevent.

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)

WRAP is a free specialist workshop, designed by HM Government, to give you an introduction to the Prevent strategy and an individual’s role in safeguarding vulnerable people. The WRAP training is for front line services who access people’s homes/ meet them face to face.  This session takes about 2 hours and the co-ordinator for this training is Alison Skea, Learning & Development Manager, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Orkney Island Council. That training is delivered by OIC, NHS and Orkney College facilitators. Contact Alison for more details

If you as an organisation receive a grant or SLA from OIC, then as a condition of this grant or SLA, your relevant staff or volunteers should undertake the WRAP training.

Courses available now from Crossroads training provider
  • Full day Emergency first aid and half day refresher course of basic first aid.
  • ½ day Epilepsy awareness
  • ½ day epilepsy awareness, buccal  and Nasal midazolam administration refresher training. This course is for people who have already completed the one day course but need to renew their competencies . The recommendations are that the course should be up dated every two years.
  • ½ day epilepsy awareness, rectal Diazepam administration. This course is for people who have already been trained but need refreshing.
  • 1 day course epilepsy awareness and rescue medication. This course is for carers who may be required to administer rescue Midazolam or Diazepam. Carers Employed or volunteer carers should not be administering this medication unless they have successfully completed a course in rescue medication administration. 

Should anybody be interested in these courses or require further information, please contact :

Denize Lace
Assistant Manager/Trainer

Orkney Carers Centre
Crossroads Orkney
Kirkwall Travel Centre
KW15 1UG
01856 870500


A toolkit to help maximise Gift Aid at your community sports club

Gift Aid enables charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to increase the value of monetary gifts from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic rate of tax paid by the donor which at present equates to 25p in the pound. With more than 12,000 sports clubs in existence in Scotland and many of them unincorporated entities, there are undoubtedly opportunities for more sports clubs in Scotland to benefit from Gift Aid.

For full information please click here.

Adult Protection Information

The Adult and Child Protection Committee intends that all staff and volunteers who work for partner agencies should be aware of issues around adult protection and understand what action to take if adults are at risk of harm.  The aim in producing the training CD Rom is to provide this information in a format which is accessible in the workplace and for individuals or groups in the community.  It is hoped that as many staff/volunteers as possible will be given the opportunity to work through the CD Rom and subsequently to discuss any questions or concerns with a line manager, fellow committee member or Service Manager (Adult Social Work Team).

Copies of this CDRom are available for voluntary organisations by emailing

Adult Support and Protection – new presentation of information. This presentation, supplied by OIC’s Adult Services, explains the process that is to be taken when someone has concerns about a fellow adult community member, and any subsequent official investigaton or action should this be deemed necessary.

Please take this link to view the presentation.

Any further questions or queries should be addressed to the Adult Services duty social worker at OIC, Tel 873535 and ask for them.

Further information can be found here

“For details of a quick guide of inter-agency guidelines for staff and carers, please see:—quick-guide.htm

Child Information

For training information please click here

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