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  • 3D printer brings learning to life

    A new generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learners are being inspired at Westray Junior High School thanks to the purchase of a 3D printer.

    A successful bid for a Scottish Government grant of £2500 for each of the secondaries and junior high schools was made by the Council’s Education team and Westray opted to buy in the revolutionary technology, which is helping teachers such as Dr James Hill at Westray, reach a new level of student engagement.

    The grant was specifically to purchase equipment for the delivery of computing science in secondary schools.

    13 May 2022

  • Road works update as at 13 May

    Update on road works already underway or starting next week (week starting 16 May), including on Pickaquoy Road in Kirkwall which will also affect public bus services:

    13 May 2022

  • Temporary Closure of Roads in Kirkwall for Norwegian Constitution Day 2022

    Notice is hereby given that Orkney Islands Council has made an order in terms of section 62 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to the effect that, in connection with Norwegian Constitution Day, the following roads will be closed and parking will not be permitted on Tuesday 17 May 2022 between the hours of 11.15am and 13.30pm: Albert Street; Bridge Street; Broad Street; Castle Street (car park exit to Broad Street); Palace Road (Watergate to Broad); Tankerness Lane (one way section only); and Victoria Street (Broad Street to Victoria Road). Emergency service vehicles are exempt from the prohibition.

    13 May 2022

  • “The power of being at home should never be underestimated” – Laura Wood, Home First

    “The power of being at home should never be underestimated” – Laura Wood, Home First

    The power of being at home in familiar surroundings should never be underestimated, according to Laura Wood, the Occupational Therapist who led the Home First year-long pilot in Orkney.

    With support and guidance from Ruth Lea, the Occupational Therapy Lead – Adult Services, Laura and the Home First team ?have been able to transform people’s lives, ensuring the right care, at the right time is in place relevant to each person’s needs.

    The Home First team, who work in tandem with social care, Care at Home staff and physiotherapists have supported patient’s home, and in some cases prevented people from going into residential care.

    13 May 2022

  • Husband hails Home First team as “tremendous” as wife able to remain at home

    Husband hails Home First team as “tremendous” as wife able to remain at home

    Wilson Learmonth has described the Home First care model as “tremendous” for it has allowed his wife, Irene, to remain with him at home despite being dealt a number of devastating health diagnoses.

    Irene, 74, a retired primary school teacher from Kirkwall led a fit and healthy lifestyle.

    But the family’s world was turned upside down with a diagnosis of Parkinsons around four years ago and then a further blow when they were told Irene also had related Dementia.

    13 May 2022

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