Community Info

The Pickaquoy Centre Trust Sponsorship Programme

We offer sports clubs, individual athletes, third sector organisations and art groups the opportunity to apply for sponsorship. Please visit the Sponsorship Programme page for full details.

Athlete Travel Award Scheme

Orkney’s top athletes are set to benefit from a scheme designed to support travel costs in the Islands. The pilot Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme from sportscotland will support up to 24 high-performing athletes from across the Islands to attend training and competitions. Up to eight individuals could benefit in Orkney with £1.5k available per person this year.

Awards will be allocated through an application process, with athletes required to evidence how the grant will improve their performance, provide them access to quality training opportunities and improve their sports or club environment.

The closing date for applications is 12 March 2018, with the selection panel meeting on 15 March 2018. You can download a copy of the application form here.

Summary of Volunteering Opportunities


With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even help your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health & wellbeing. Click here to download VAO’s Summary of Volunteering Opportunities.

Orkney Podcasts

A chance for you to listen to Orkney’s own podcasts created by and recorded at VAO. Click here to hear guests talking about their hobbies, work experience and sharing interesting stories from their lives.

Volunteer Health Walk Leaders

Orkney Walking Groups are looking for volunteers (18 years and over) with good local knowledge, community links and willing and able to lead ongoing weekly health walks in their local area. For more information click here.

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