WAO Spring Newsletter 2024

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Hello and welcome to Women’s Aid Orkney’s Spring Newsletter.


  • ‘I wish I could come every day to see you’ – CYP
  • “I am so grateful to have you to speak too and that this had been the support I needed in my life. I didn’t realize I needed it but that this support had given me chance to be who I want to be and I feel I can do this because I have you behind me”
  • “I learnt to trust people again, because of you”
  • “My sessions are incredibly beneficial. My support worker immediately made me feel at ease discussing my issues and has been able to help me through the worst times I have faced throughout my life. I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through these past few years without the support I have received”
  • ‘The kids said they more than enjoyed the session! And enjoyed is too little of a word.’
  • ‘I love you and seeing you’ – CYP

Currently Supporting 87 Women

Currently supporting 48 Children & Young People

Currently supporting 7 families

Family Forward survey

Our family service – Family Forward are looking for some feedback. We would be very grateful if you would complete this very short anonymous survey.


WAO Pop-Up Shop

We have a Pop_up Shop happening on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of April at The Strategy Collective, it’s above Logo on Albert Street. we will be open 10am – 4pm.

We have curated a beautiful selection of pre-loved women’s clothing and accessories, all in excellent condition and some brand new with tags. We have a huge range of sizes and styles and some designer and high end pieces.


Roosa hosted a wonderful session with Katie from The Wild Table in the Stromness Library on the 26th of March.

It was an incredibly relaxing and informative few hours learning how to create beautiful table centrepieces. All of which were stunningly individual.

A special thanks to Katie and the lovely folk that came along.

Roosa is looking forward to the remaining planned wellbeing sessions.  

Sleep Wellness with Angela on the 16th of April.

Mindful painting with Laura Drever on the 30th of April

Introduction to Aromatherapy with Debbie on the 14th of May

To book a place on these upcoming sessions an Eventbrite page will be shared on all our Social Media platforms.

These are all free to attend but donations are welcome, or you can purchase some raffle tickets available at each session (£1 a Strip)

Much gratitude goes to the fab shops in Stromness for their donated prizes.

The Quernstone

Lilly & Lane


The Leviathan


Fletts Butchers

Skaill House


WAO’s Quiz Evening

Women’s Aid Orkney will be hosting a quiz Evening every Thursday in May at The Auld Motorhoose. We still have some tables available, if you would like to book, please email – info@womensaidorkney.org.uk


We have a WAO Wish List on Amazon, if you would like to send us something, we would be incredibly grateful & it could really make someone’s day.  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/…/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1



  • Thanks to the Molly Lind Foundation.
  • Huge thank you to Scholes CA for their support with International Women’s Day.
  • We want to say thank you to the YPI group at Stromness for their incredible work and success.
  • Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last few months with donations.
  • Thank you to Northlink for their continued support.
  • We would like to thank Katherine Diaper and Ingrid Budge hugely for their amazing workshops in collaboration with funding from the pier arts centre.
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