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Community Wellbeing

Our aim is to support Orkney's individuals and communities to withstand and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impacts.
Our target outcomes are:

  • Individuals and communities benefit from enhanced support to recover and renew.
  • Orkney’s fragile communities become more resilient and sustainable.

The Chair of this group is Gail Anderson, VAO.

This page includes a selection of information from the Orkney Community Plan 2021-23, incorporating the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP)

Our plans for Community Wellbeing

There is already considerable work taking place to address community wellbeing, which is being undertaken by various groups and partner agencies. Listed here are the main areas of activity through which the Community Wellbeing Delivery Group will contribute.

  • We will support individuals and communities through recovery and renewal by collaborative working to:
    • Expand the Isles Wellbeing Project to all ferry linked islands.
    • Identify funding to support the reopening of community spaces and support re-establishment/establishment of community activities.
    • Establish and deliver an isles self-management network for people with long term conditions.
    • Identify and promote safe social spaces for those who are socially anxious.
    • Strengthen our response to individual/family food insecurity.
    • Oversee the implementation of an action plan to deliver Orkney’s Child Poverty Strategy 2021-23.
    • Identify community wellbeing actions from local strategies that would benefit from a partnership approach in the arts, community learning and health. 
    • Identify where collaborative action is required to support the alleviation of poverty, combat fuel poverty and promote financial inclusion
  • To support the resilience and sustainability of Orkney’s fragile communities, we will:
    • Follow up and augment the West Mainland/Kirkwall Place Standard Consultation and identify collaborative solutions to issues raised by communities.
    • Organise a conference to celebrate and build on successful collaborative approaches established during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Support/develop activities within communities to enhance individuals’ sense of wellbeing.
    • Explore the value of establishing work/learning hubs in rural and island areas.
    • Collaborate with all partners to establish joint mechanisms for dialogue with communities.
    • Contribute to the closing report for the Locality Plan 2018-21 and carry out a repeat Place Standard Survey of the ferry-linked isles as a follow-up to the survey carried out in 2016/17.

Measuring progress in Community Wellbeing

The indicators below have been selected to show how well we are progressing towards the outcomes we want for Community Wellbeing in Orkney. They do not evaluate directly the actions of any particular partner or group, but they indicate whether collective local and national action is moving us in the right direction.

How households are managing financially in Orkney
(Source: Scottish Household Survey 2019 and Data Explorer)
  2020-21 Baseline 2021-22 Milestone 2022-23 Target
Managing very well or quite well 66% 66% 66%
Get by all right 31% 32% 34%
Don't manage very well and have some financial difficulties 3% 2% 0%

 

Percentage of adults (18-75) who in the past year have had to choose between keeping their home warm and buying food or essentials for themselves and their family
(Source: National Islands Plan Survey Report 2020 and explorer tool
  2020-21 Baseline 2022-23 Target
Orkney Mainland 7.20% 5%
Ferry-linked isles 9.70% 5%

 

Percentage of dwellings in Orkney in Fuel Poverty 2017-19
(Source: Scottish House Condition Survey Local Authority Analysis 2019)
2020-21 Baseline 2021-22 Milestone 2022-23 Target
30.50% Reduce Same as Scottish average
(Scottish average 24.4%)    

 

Percentage of dwellings in Orkney in Extreme Fuel Poverty 2017-19
(Source: Scottish House Condition Survey Local Authority Analysis 2019)
2020-21 Baseline 2021-22 Milestone 2022-23 Target
21.80% Reduce Same as Scottish average

 

Population of the ferry-linked isles
(Source: Scotland's Census)
2020-21 Baseline 2022-23 Target
"2,862"
(Census 2011)
Maintain or increase
(Census 2022)

 

Percentage of adult residents (18-75) planning to stay on the island for the next 5 years
(Source: National Islands Plan Survey Report 2020 and explorer tool)
  2020-21 Baseline 2022-23 Target
Orkney Mainland - Yes 87.2 Increase
No 4.4 Decrease
Don't know 8.4 Decrease
Ferry-linked isles - Yes 79 Increase
No 8.7 Decrease
Don't know 12.3 Decrease

 

Percentage of adults participating in some form of sport or exercise, including walking, in previous 4 weeks
(Source: Scottish Household Survey 2019 and Data Explorer)
2020-21 Baseline 2021-22 Milestone 2022-23 Target
86% 87% 88%

 

Percentage of adult residents (18-75) who agree that islanders' creative talents are supported and nurtured
(Source: National Islands Plan Survey Report 2020 and explorer tool)
  2020-21 Baseline 2021-22 Milestone 2022-23 Target
Orkney Mainland 71.90% 75% 78%
Ferry-linked isles 56.40% 60% 63%

 

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