Information Hub

Welcome to the Orkney Information Hub, we are currently working on this section and will be continuously updating the information listed. Please click on the links below for further information:

Coronavirus – guidance, support information and resources

VAO Orkney have compiled a comprehensive list of guidance, support information and resources, please click here to view our dedicated Coronavirus resources page.

Orkney Community Directory

The Orkney Community Directory provides a comprehensive list of community and voluntary groups in Orkney along with other organisations and services that may be of interest to you.

View and Search The Orkney Community Directory

Island Wellbeing Project

The Island Wellbeing Project is a partnership between Voluntary Action Orkney and the Development Trusts of Hoy, Sanday, Shapinsay, Stronsay, and Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre. The project works to support the health, economic and social wellbeing of island residents.

Each Development Trust employs a Community Wellbeing Coordinator, who supports the development of community-led initiatives, builds relationships with mainland providers and offers one-to-one support to those who need it.

Since April 2020, the project has supported more than forty-five projects, groups and initiatives across the isles. These range from community cafes, pop-up charity shops, skills sharing courses, and a Daily Living Aids Library.

We are funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund, with support from European Social Funds.

Find out more about the project, our approach and the support we provide by visiting our website.

Contact Harry Johnson, Project Manager:

Orkney Adult Befriending Service - Facebook Page

The Orkney Adult Befriending Service Facebook page aims to promote healthy active aging in Orkney. We aim to promote events that are happening locally in our community and information that promotes active aging.

To view the Orkney Adult Befriending Service Facebook page please click here

Children and Young People’s Services Directory

The recently updated Children’s Services Directory is proving popular with parents and carers, as well as professionals working with children and families. A comprehensive easy to read booklet, the directory gives details of all the services available to children and young people in Orkney. Contact VAO for your copy of the Directory or view online Childrens_Services_Directory_2

Adult Services Directory

VAO gathered information to produce a printed, Orkney-wide Care Directory with services and activities that are available to older members of our communities.

Have a look through to see all the services available here.

Orkney Health Walks

Tech Peer Mentor Project

The Tech Peer Mentor Project is funded through the Scottish Government’s lead agency for Digital Health and Social Care, TEC Scotland. The TEC Scotland programme seeks to significantly increase citizen choice and control in health, well-being and care services through the use of Technology Enabled Care (TEC).

Technology Enabled Care covers a wide range of different technology that can be used to support health, wellbeing and care including:

  • Telecare (e.g. Care alarms, falls monitors). Telecare services are accessed through the Duty Worker in Adult Social Work Services OHAC.
  • Video technology (e.g. Near Me consultations)
  • Digital services and apps
  • Citizen Tech (e.g. Alexa, Activity trackers, Tablets)

The overall aim of the Tech Peer Mentor project is to promote awareness, understanding and uptake of TEC in Orkney. It will promote TEC solutions in service delivery and offer peer mentoring support to organisations that are developing services incorporating TEC solutions. The project also seeks to improve access and choice in health and social care through enhancing the digital/TEC skills and confidence of both workers and citizens.

Pete McAndrew is the Tech Peer Mentor in Orkney. He works directly with individuals in the community and their families and carers to support them in the use of TEC for their health and wellbeing needs. He can talk through what is available and what technology could support your health or care needs. Although this isn’t an IT service, he will support you with getting set up and using your devices.

View the leaflet about the project and contact Pete McAndrew, Tech Peer Mentor on to find out more.

To view the Tech Peer Mentor Privacy Notice, click here.

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