This is the Orkney Charitable Trust's general fund. We use the donations in this fund to quickly and flexibly help children and young people in a time of need. Our general funds are really important, and we always welcome donations.
Our 'Every Child Deserves a Christmas' fund aims to make a real difference to children during Christmas in Orkney. In the last three years, we have distributed over £22,000 through our grant programme, bringing some Christmas magic to Orkney children where it needed a little help.
The 'Every Child Deserves a Christmas' programme will run again in 2017 and application forms will be available from Monday 13 November 2017. Grants of £50 are available to children 16 and under who live in Orkney, whose application is supported by a professional, and where a grant would make a real difference at Christmas.
Orkney winters can be cold and long, but we believe every child should be warm in bed. This fund aims to deliver 50 'Warm Bedding Bundles' to children and young people this winter who need it most. Our bundles include a thick duvet, a pillow, new bedding and a fleece under-blanket, and can make a real difference in helping children get a good night's sleep. We work in partnership with professionals to get these bundles distributed to where they can really make a difference.
This scheme is funded by Sheila Fleet Jewellery through sales of her 'Daisies at Dawn' collection. The fund is now open to families with children under the age of 18 on 31 December 2017. A counter signatory is required and stock is limited.
Jack Donaldson is a lovely wee boy in Orkney who has a rare heart defect and has already had to endure several operations. This fund was set up to help support Jack and his family while he receives treatment.
The following locally-based organisations may also be able to offer help:
Voluntary Action Orkneywww.vaorkney.org.uk VAO supports the third sector in Orkney by providing advice, information and practical services.
Employability Orkneywww.employabilityorkney.co.uk Provides a range of sustainable supported employment, training and volunteering opportunities for those with a barrier to gaining employment.
Home-Startwww.orkneycommunities.co.uk/homestartorkney Provides trained volunteer 'befrienders' to families, who visit people regularly in their own homes, and provide friendly, non-judgemental practical and emotional support. Orkney Young Carerswww.orkneyyoungcarers.org Confidential support, advice and a listening ear to Young Carers in Orkney and their families.
Ypeoplewww.ypeople.org.uk Orkney's Young People's Supported Accommodation Service. Ypeople delivers support services to vulnerable people including people whose lives have been affected by homelessness and youth services for young people in need of care.