Services in Orkney

This page details a list of local support services in Orkney that you can contact for further support for your family. These services range from family support to specific support needs.

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Services in Orkney

Crossroads Children's Service

Crossroads Orkney provides information, emotional support and practical help to carers in Orkney. They run a children’s service, through which trained care attendants support children with additional needs to attend activities and clubs that they cannot attend on their own.

Children’s Service
Crossroads Orkney
Orkney Carers Centre
Kirkwall Travel Centre
West Castle Street
Kirkwall KW15 1GU

T: 01856 870 500
E: olivia@crossroadsorkey.co.uk
W: www.crossroadsorkney.co.uk

Family Support Team (Orkney Islands Council)

The Family Support Team has five family support workers who are part of the Children and Families Service. They can offer support in the family home or in the community; they provide a range of services including parenting support, one-to-one support, baby massage, family meetings and mediation, help with benefits, and emotional support for children. Referrals are made through social work.

Family Support Team
Children & Families Social Work Service
Orkney Islands Council
School Place
Kirkwall KW15 1NY

T: 01856 873 535
E: clare.allison@orkney.gov.uk

Home-Start Orkney

Home-Start centres provide a range of support to families with at least one child under five years old. Each centre has trained volunteers who support families who may be struggling with isolation, physical health, bereavement or a range of other issues.

Home-Start Orkney
7 Main Street
Kirkwall KW15 1BU

T: 01856 870 770
E: postmaster@homestartorkney.org.uk
W: www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/HOMESTARTORKNEY

The Pier Arts Centre

The Pier Arts Centre runs an informal programme of arts activity for children and families. They offer a number of free activities that are available all year round and more structured workshops take place throughout the year.

The Pier Arts Centre
28-36 Victoria Street
Stromness KW16 3AA

T: 01856 850 209
E: info@pierartscentre.com
W: www.pierartscentre.com

Relationships Scotland Orkney

Relationships Scotland supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties. Their office in Kirkwall offers a range of services, including family mediation, counselling, play therapy and supervised contact, to families throughout Orkney.

Relationships Scotland Orkney
Orkney Counselling & Support Centre
1st floor, Travel Centre
West Castle Street
Kirkwall KW15 1GU

T: 01856 877 750
E: enquiries@rsorkney.org.uk
W: www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/RSO

Vital Talk

Vital Talk is a small local charity that has the support of several local church organisations. It provides general counselling and Christian Counselling to anyone aged 16 years and over, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion. Appointments are available at several locations, in Kirkwall, Holm, Hoy and Stromness.

Vital Talk Orkney Counselling Service
The Life Centre
East Road
Kirkwall KW15 1LX

T: 07510 927 444
E: enquiries@vitaltalk.co.uk
W: www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/VITALTALK

Voluntary Action Orkney

Voluntary Action Orkney run several projects and services in Orkney, including a youth befriending service, the Connect project, which works with young people aged 16-19, and a directory of local services, including childcare and youth services, in Orkney.

Voluntary Action Orkney
Anchor Buildings
6 Bridge St
Kirkwall KW15 1HR

T: 01856 872 897
E: enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk
W: vaorkney.org.uk

Ypeople

Ypeople, formerly YMCA Glasgow, provides support to a range of vulnerable groups. In Orkney, they run Y-Talk, a Youth Counselling service for young people up to the age of 25; they deliver a family support service that provides a range of one-to-one and group support for families affected by alcohol and drugs; and they deliver Youthworks Mentoring, a mentoring programme for young people in government employment or training programmes.

Ypeople
Orkney’s Young People’s Supported Accommodation Service (Main Office)
43 Junction Road
Kirkwall KW15 1AR

T: 01856 875 815
E: orkney@ypeople.org.uk
W: www.ypeople.org.uk