WAO July Newsletter 2022

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Welcome to Women’s Aid Orkney’s July Newsletter.

Service User’s Feedback & Achievements

  • Moving into permanent accommodation after a year in emergency!
  • “If I look back to the person I was last year…I’m a completely different person.”
  • Sit comfortably with two male officers and give a statement after spending years being too afraid to be in the company of men for any extended period of time.
  • Having done a lot of work to heal, get to know herself and build a strong support network, now no longer needs WAO support.
  • Angela had provided her with better support than any support worker/mental health professional ever had before.
  • Seeing an abusive relationship pattern for what it is and getting the help to leave and say, “no more”.
  • Learning to love and value herself so that he no longer has the power to hurt her.

Women’s Service

67 Active Cases

CYP Service

31 Active Cases

Achievements from the Own My Life Course

  • Joining an online course, despite her anxiety
  • Refusing to give up despite the challenges
  • Not going back.
  • Completion of a 12 week course, even when on holiday!
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During one OML session they looked at the things they love doing that leaves them feeling good and the list was:

  • Watching a film,
  • Reading a book
  • Making jewellery
  • Going for a walk
  • Eating chocolate
  • Being with my cat
  • Watering my tomato plants
  • Sea swimming

The next Own My Life course will run in September, if you would like to find out more about the course please get in touch – info@womensaidorkney.org.uk

WAO Auction

We are so excited to announce our August Auction. We have been very lucky with receiving some wonderful donations, including an exclusive tour of The Pier Arts Centre achieves, an original piece of music composed by Eric Linklater, The Valhalla Collection of Highland Park Whiskey and more exciting prizes.

You can find out auction site here – https://womensaidorkney.rallyup.com/waoauction

We would like to thank everyone who has donated a prize –

WAO Shop

Our online shop has been up and running for just over a month now and we have been overwhelmed by everyone’s support. We would love to be able to offer more sizes and styles, if you have any lovely pieces that you would be happy to donate, please get in touch.

We update our stock most Fridays and can now offer collection for people living in Orkney. If you see anything you like in our shop, you can drop us an email before making a purchase – info@womensaidorkney.org.uk and we can organise collection or discuss any of the products further. Unfortunately we cannot offer trying on facilities at collection.


WAO Awareness Talks

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Women’s Aid Orkney have been running Awareness Talks for the a selection of different organisations and groups in Orkney.

Open to professionals and any community organisations, they can range from 10 minutes to 2 hours to fit the groups needs. The talks cover what Women’s Aid Orkney do and the services we provide, what domestic abuse is and how it effects Orkney.

If you would like to find out more about our awareness talks or book one please email – info@womensaidorkney.org.uk

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WAO Staff Self-Care

This month the Women’s Aid Staff reflected on what cheers them up when feeling low or sad.

Action For Happiness – Altruistic August

Let’s create a wave of kindness to spread around the world.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.


You can listen to the Action for happiness podcast that will take you through the August Altruistic calendar and give you hints and tips on how to journey through each days steps. They also have a selection of podcasts on mindfulness and mental wellbeing.


Getting Help

Special thanks…

  • Emma at OHAL for taking the time to talk through options for a SU to feel safer at home.
  • Anne-Marie at the Blide for recognising and signposting someone who WAO could help.
  • A special thank you to Cormac at Skaill House for being wonderful and making our CYP day out so much fun.
  • Huge thank you to Anne at VAO for being so helpful.
  • WAO would like to say farewell and thank you to Madeline for everything she has done with the CYP service during her time at WAO.
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