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  • Third sector cost-of-living fund open for applications

    Third sector cost-of-living fund open for applications

    A Third Sector cost-of-living crisis fund opens for applications from today (Tuesday 24 January) in a bid to help organisations meet rising operational costs being faced now.

    The Third Sector Cost of Living Crisis Fund is administered by Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) and funded via the Council through their allocation from the Scottish Government’s Islands Cost Crisis Emergency Fund.

    Third Sector organisations in Orkney have been reporting difficulties with covering their rising operational costs. While they are facing these increasing financial pressures, these organisations are also seeing more people coming to them for support.

    24 January 2023

  • Council Appoints to Head of Service Role

    Council Appoints to Head of Service Role

    Orkney Islands Council has appointed a new Head of Service for Neighbourhood Services.

    The appointment of Lorna Richardson is part of a refresh of the Council’s corporate management structure, coming as the organisation strives to improve its performance, deliver on its ambitious priorities and improve confidence in the organisation across staff, partner organisations and the public. Lorna will be responsible for the delivery of critical frontline services such as waste and recycling, roads, burial grounds, engineering and flood management. 

    24 January 2023

  • New Chief Executive welcomed

    New Chief Executive welcomed

    Orkney Islands Council welcomed Oliver Reid as its new Chief Executive today, Monday 23 January.

    Mr Reid has joined OIC from Renfrewshire Council where he was Head of Communities and Public Protection.

    23 January 2023

  • Planning a Burns night? Use 'Stay Well' advice and let in fresh air to keep bugs at bay

    Planning a Burns night? Using the principles of the Scottish Government’s ‘Stay Well Signage Scheme’ can help reduce the risks for everyone of ‘catching the contagion’ at a Burns Night supper or any other event this winter. 

    23 January 2023

  • Occasional Licence - Julie Ritch - Sandwick Community Centre - Traditional Dance and Supper

    The Orkney Islands Area Licensing Board has received an application for occasional licence from Julie Ritch for Sandwick Community Centre.

    23 January 2023

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