November Newsletter : Outdoors, being creative and getting involved.

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Welcome to our November Newsletter. This month we are taking some me time, through being outdoors gardening, using mediation and being creative. We have lots of exciting things for everyone to get involved with, our toy tombola, creative exhibition and bulb morning. Read on to find out more…

Service User’s Feedback & Achievements

·  Being able to ask for help, standing up for her rights, moving on from WAO support.

·  “I’ve finally slept a bit better”

·  “Can you train us in how to run an Own My Life 16 – 25 course” – participants’ feedback from Scottish Women’s Aid Conference 

·  Having CSO removed.

·  Working hard to complete job applications.

·  Prioritising self and looking after own mental health.

Women’s Service

51 Active Cases

CYP Service

29 Active Cases

WAO Gardening Group

The Women’s Gardening Group is in full swing, the weather hasn’t dampened our spirts yet!

The group have planted Snowdrops and Crocus in the lawn, we are looking forward to seeing them bloom in January/February. If you are not an outdoor person, we also have indoor activities, last week some of group painted plant pots.

We will be hosting a bulb planting morning on Saturday 11th December, 10am – 12pm. Please join us for a fun morning, there will be coffee and cake! Please email if you would like to come along.

Monday Mini Meditation

Monday Mini Meditation is back and will be running for 4 weeks. It will be an online course starting on Monday 22nd Nov at 19.30 – 20.00 for women.

Its going to be relaxed and informal, on Zoom; women can turn their cameras off.

People can turn up with cosy blankets, pets, children, in their PJ’s/onesies etc and each session we will have a go at the following:

  • A relaxing breathing technique
  • A short guided visualisation

Please email if you would like to receive the zoom link.

WAO Annual General Meeting

We would like to invite you to our AGM on Monday 29th November at 6pm, held virtually over Zoom. If ypou would like to receive a zoom link, please email –

WAO Exhibition – A Moment In Time

“Using resilience, growth, reflection as inspiration when taking photos, got the old grey matter working. I’m not a “Deep and Meaningful” person, so exploring those thoughts and emotions were out with my comfort zone. That in itself was a challenge, but my own resilience came to the fore, and back came “How do I know if I don’t like it if I don’t try it?”

– Daffy

A Moment In Time is a collection of photography and poetry put together by women and WAO. It was inspired by 16 Days of Action and making women’s voices heard through creative arts. The exhibition will be at No 25 Kirkwall from 25th November – 1st December. The work and a selection of cards will be for sale supporting Women’s Aid Orkney.

Toy Tombola

Since the Charities bazaar is cancelled this year, we have decided to put our fair online! Our Toy tombola is £2 a ticket, the more tickets, the more chance of winning more prizes. All toys, games and puzzles are brand new and all proceeds to towards Women’s Aid Orkney. All tickets will be added to our WAO winners wheel and drawn on the 2nd December. Prizes will be selected at random and unfortunately we will be unable to swap. Message our Facebook page to enter and receive payment info.

Own My Life

This week our current Own My Life group were looking at values, what values are and identifying their own values.  They looked at how perpetrators can influence someone’s values and how they can manipulate and break down an individual’s values. 

Here is what the group identified… 

If you would be interested in our own my life course or know someone you would like the refer onto our course the next 12 week course will be starting in January please get in touch with or

A Huge Thank You to Drever & Heddle

This year instead of doing secret santa the staff at Drever and Heddle decided to donate the money to Womens Aid CYP service. They have raised a total of £430.00 which will be shared with Orkney Women’s Aid and Thurso Womens Aid.

Irene who is a great advocate for and supporter of our service will be buying gifts with the money and wrapping them for all CYP in the service.

Madeleine, Debs and all at WAO would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff for  the generous donation and for making a difference to children’s lives at Xmas.

We wish them all a happy and peaceful Xmas.


The CYP SODA group had a wonderful time with Katherine Diaper at their Acrylic workshop. The next session will be a water media workshop.

Cycling UK – Rural Connections

A new Cycling UK project for 2021, Rural Connections supports people to cycle, walk and wheel – for everyday journeys, leisure and adventure. We offer:

  • A wide range of cycling and walking activities for all abilities
  • FREE short and long-term cycle loans to help people find a cycle that works for them. From pedal and balance bikes for children, to hybrid, mountain, tandem and electric bikes, all are available for short and long-term try-outs. One-to-one cycle training sessions are also available, so you don’t need to be an experienced cyclist to get involved.
  • Support for local organisations to coordinate and add walking, wheeling and cycling opportunities to their existing activities
  • Upskilling of volunteers to deliver activities in their communities and keep cycles working if there is no local bike shop
  • Localised networks of organisations, communities and individuals supporting walking and cycling initiatives.

Find out more at the Cycling UK Orkney Facebook page –, or simply get in touch with your local Development Officer –

Action for Happiness – New Ways November

“Just try new things. Don’t be afraid, step out of your comfort zone and soar.”

– Michelle Obama

Learning something new or getting involved in an activity that really absorbs and interests us is great for our wellbeing. Keeping our brains active is not only good for us physically but it can help you feel you are flourishing as you see yourself make progress with a new skill, or just make you smile as you make a mess and decide to start again. Being playful and trying new things is important, as is remembering that it’s OK not to get it right first time – change “I can’t do it”, into “I can’t do it…yet!” This month’s calendar is full of ideas to help you decide what to try next.

Getting Help

Special Thanks…

  • Math at ADP and Lee & Darren from CREW, Edinburgh, for their really informative drugs training and keeping a heavy subject relaxed and interesting.
  • Refuse & recycling team: thank you for helping us out when we were in a pickle.
  • All the professionals who supported our Open Day and listened to our talks.
  • To our Own My Life group for sharing such fascinating facts, fun and laughter with us.  Did you know that giraffes hum at night?
  • Huge thank you to The CO-OP Community Fund and all the CO-OP members for helping us raise £10,135.28. The money raised will go towards our refuge and outside space.
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