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National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux offers these useful fact sheets, covering issues such as employment, housing and taxation
See where your nearest CAB is. National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux site. Free advice on all subjects. Click on to get advice on several social policy areas.
Local Consumer organisations with contact details and location maps.
Orkney Alcohol Counselling & Advisory Service

6 Bridge Street Wynd, Kirkwall KW15 1JD, UK – 01856 874738

An excellent service and a credit to Orkney

Orkney Blide Trust

54 Victoria St, Kirkwall KW15 1DN, UK – 01856 874874

Brilliant bunch of folk and great banter, the Gardening Unit is well worth checking out if you are thinking about plants/shrubs/vegetable plants for your garden. Whilst 'Blidehoose' in Victoria St provides support services for people with life issues and mental health issues, There's also an excellent Cafe and Kitchen which provides low cost daily meals and does outside catering.

Orkney Islands Council

School Pl, Kirkwall KW15 1NY, UK – 01856 873535

The Orkney Islands Council is the local authority for Orkney, Scotland. It was established in 1975 by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and was largely unaffected by the Scottish local government changes of the mid-1990s. It provides services in the areas of Environmental Health, Roads, Social Work, Community Development, Organisational Development, Economic Development, Building Standards, Trading Standards, Housing, Waste, Education, Burial Grounds, Port and Harbours and others. The council is allowed to collect Council Tax. The council is also the harbour authority for Orkney and its Marine Services division manages the operation of the islands' 29 piers and harbours.

Everyone at the council offices are so helpful

The National Careers Service is a Government run service and so totally neutral. It has recently be redesigned and so well worth a look. They cover:
  • CVs
  • Skills health check reports
  • action plans
  • course searches
Job profiles - Find out what a job involves and if it's right for you.

Skills health check - to find out what kind of jobs could suit you.

Find a course - Find a courses and learning providers

Help you to get a job
  • Get advice on the different stages of a job hunt
  • How to improve your interview technique
  • Write an effective CV.
They can even help you to search for your first job, get back into work or change career direction.
Click for more careers information. This takes you to our whole careers section where you can actually get a job and put your CV online.
Find your nearest Jobcentre plus loads of other stuff. Boring but it is all there!
Local disability and special needs services with contact details and location maps.
Disabled Person's Tax Credit
Telephone helpline 0845 605 5858
Textphone 0845 608 8844 or click the Disability Rights link below
Child Maintenance Service (The Child Support Agency is part of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. Its role is to make sure that parents who live apart from their children contribute financially to their upkeep by paying child maintenance.
You may not always have family service nearby but these are your nearest sexual health and family planning centres serving Kirkwall
National Council for One Parent Families in England and Wales
Support for one parent families in Scotland. Runs the National Lone Parent Helpline for advice and help. Freephone 0808 801 0323
Local social services and Welfare Organisations serving the area around Kirkwall and Orkney
HMRC Website - another 'snappy' government site with everything there if you can keep at it!