August Newsletter: WAO ‘Summer’ Soup and Cyber Security!

Welcome to the Women’s Aid Orkney August newsletter! We dive into a comforting bowl of soup as the August ‘summer’ weather keeps us guessing. Women & young people celebrate that all their progress is success. And we get schooled by our children & young people (CYP) on cyber security. So, thank you for taking a minute to catch up with us. 

Women’s Support Team

74 accessing support

CYP Support Team

31 accessing support

Service User Achievements & Feedback

  • Secured new tenancy
  • Moving on with new relationships
  • Awarded benefits to improve financial stability & independence
  • Completed further studies
  • Started a new job
  • Good outcomes in court
  • Getting more active
  • Trying new things

Women’s Lunch Club

We’re so pleased with the success of our ‘soup group’ as one SU put it! Each week we get together for women’s lunch club to prepare & enjoy a healthy lunch. Some women come with an interest in learning new recipes, others just come for a chat and the sociable side of things. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and folk are free to come and go as they please. Some SU’s have found it’s a safe place to start to be more sociable and try new things.

CYP SODA Cyber Safety

The Children & Young People Survivors have been learning about cyber safety this month. Below is what they said were their takeaway cyber safety tips. And the mural they created as a team, displaying how they have learned to safeguard themselves online.

CYP Pier Arts Outing

Our CYP support team arranged a fantastic trip to the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness for the children’s Peer Group. Our mini artists enjoyed lots of fun activities put on by the staff and a tour of the gallery.

What’s on at WAO

1:1 Support

Our trauma-informed support services continue to run throughout the summer for women and children aged 3 – 18. Support is tailored to the individual, focusing on safety and support to recover from the effects of abuse.


We continue to seek to provide as many feedback opportunities & methods as we can so that women and children feel they can be open about their experience of the service and also contribute to improvements.

Special Thanks to…

  • Lindsay: Kirkwall Police Station, for her time, consideration and in depth understanding of the complex dynamics of the abusive relationship which helped a woman feel less vulnerable and more protected.
  • Carol: Pier Arts Centre, for being so patient and lovely to our CYP group and putting on such fun activities which they all enjoyed.

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