Island Wellbeing Project 


The Island Wellbeing Project is a partnership between Voluntary Action Orkney and the Development Trusts of Hoy, Sanday, Shapinsay, Stronsay, and Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre. Each Development Trust employs a Community Wellbeing Coordinator.

The aim of the project is to improve the wellbeing of island residents. It uses a very broad definition of wellbeing which encompasses health, economic, social and place wellbeing.

The project does this through the development of community-led initiatives and the provision of generalised one-to-one support. This dual role enables coordinators to respond to the immediate needs of the community, whilst developing long-term capacity.


The project has developed the I.N.C.A model to describe its approach:

Innovator: developing new projects and helping services to find new ways of working

Navigator: raising awareness of services and resources, and offering one-to-one support

Connector: bringing together people, organisations and resources

Advocate: sharing insights on community need with strategic partners


Our Coordinator can help with a range of issues. In the past, for example, we've helped people who have struggled with household bills, experienced loneliness, needed help accessing benefits, been unable to access services, had problems with housing, or who have been unable to get online

We'll work alongside you to help make sense of your situation, connect you with relevant services, and identify people and groups in the community who might be able to help.

There is no eligibility criteria and you don't need a referral.

Our Wellbeing Coordinator is:-

Shani Hall

[email protected]

The Trust main office 01857 616410

Shani works flexible hours.   If you would like to make contact please telephone or leave a message requesting a return call. Alternatively you can email or contact via   https://www.facebook.com/sdtwellbeing


For more information on the wider project across Orkney please visit https://www.islandwellbeing.org/

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