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.
Aiming to provide financial support to local families who require it when a child, or young person, needs treatment in a hospital out-with Orkney. We are working closely with the NHS Orkney Travel team to help families meet the extra costs incurred when they have to travel South for any type of hospital visit.
The existence of this fund has been made possible through donations and sponsorships from NHS Endownment Funds, Cooke Aquaculture, Sanday Community School YPI Group and through funds from our own Orkney Fund.
Our 'Every Child Deserves a Christmas' fund aims to make a real difference to children during Christmas in Orkney. In the last five years, we have distributed over £45,000 through our grant programme, bringing some Christmas magic to Orkney children where a little help is needed.
This years programme is now open for applications, with a closing date of 17 December 2019.
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.