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18 July 2022Showing Off Our Shop

Our fantastic staff and volunteers have been super busy making the shop look fab and organised. 


Click this link to view a video showing off our shop.


Don't forget our half price sale on ALL sofas, armchairs and coffee tables is still on - Dont miss out it ends on Saturday 23rd of July.

16 July 2022Half Price Sale on ALL Sofas, Armchairs & Coffee Tables



We have a huge selection of sofas, armchairs and coffee tables in stock at the moment, so as a wee treat to our fabulous customers we are slashing the prices.


We have something for everyone in stock, so pop down, take a seat and find the right fit for you.

12 July 2022Did you see the Orcadian?

Did you see the article about Employability Orkney - Restart Orkney in Thursday 7th of July's edition of the Orcadian? 


If not click this link to see a peedie snippet of the acticle. 


09 July 2022Success For One Of Our Van Assistants

Success For One Of Our Van Assistants


We said goodbye to another member of staff on Tuesday the 21st of June. This staff member started with us in October last year as a van and warehouse assistant.


Since he started work at EO we have watched him grow in confidence and self belief. When he started we asked him what he wanted to get from his time at EO, he said he wanted to be more confident when dealing with the public. We can definitely say he is more confident dealing with customers, especially as he has moved on to a role where he will interact with many different folk.



We are delighted that this member of staff has moved into permanent employment. We wish him all the best in his new job.


Good Luck and don't be a stranger.


Click this link to see what he thought about his time at EO.

08 July 2022Diverted from Landfill

Diverted From Landfill


If you picked up this week’s Orcadian, you might have seen the article about Employability Orkney - Restart Orkney. In the article it tells you a bit about how much we divert from incineration and landfill. So, we thought we would pop up a peedie post about it as well.


Part of our ethos is reuse, repair, recycle we want to encourage folk to donate it instead of dump it.


We keep track of how much we divert from incineration and landfill every month and we think this is something that we need to share as this is pretty impressive.



From April 2021 to March 2022, we diverted approximately 115 tonnes of items that would have otherwise ended up heading to the dump.


So far from April 2022 to the end of June 2022 (yes this is just in 3 months) we have diverted approximately 23 tonnes of furniture, household items and electricals from going to landfill. This includes over 30 sofas, 7 cookers, 128 dining chairs, 76 lamps, 21 vacuums and even 2 baths and a toilet.


With this we are helping to protect our beautiful local environment as well as provide much needed low-cost household items to those who need it.


Thank you for continuing to support our charity so we can carry on supporting individuals in to mainstream employment as well as helping protect our environment.


If you have items you would like to donate, please give us a ring on 879 777, PM us on social media or email [email protected]

07 July 2022Employability Orkney's Latest Newsletter

01 July 2022The shop will be closed on Friday 1st of July

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the shop will be closed tomorrow Friday 1st of July.

The shop will be open as normal on Saturday 2nd of July

Sorry for any inconvenience.

29 June 2022END OF JUNE HALF PRICE MEGA DEALS - Dont miss out!!!


We are really treating you guys this month.

We have loads of items down to half price throughout the shop.

Pop down and see what treasures you can find.

Sale ends Saturday 2nd of July

29 June 2022Volunteers Make a Difference - Volunteering Opportunities

 Volunteers Make a Difference  


Why become a volunteer?


Here are just some of the benefits of volunteering.

• Meet people

• Gain confidence

• Make a difference

• Be part of a community

• Learn new skills

• Take on a challenge

• Have fun


We have received great feedback from volunteers regarding what volunteering has done for them, but they are such a huge help to our peedie charity, and we really do appreciate them all.If you have some free time and would like to help out at a small local charity, please give us a call on 876 605 or email [email protected] for more information.


Click here to view our peedie video about the benefits of volunteering.

22 June 2022 Restart Reshuffle 

 Restart Reshuffle 

On Thursday the 17th of June we decided to have a good old Restart Reshuffle. The shop has been spruced up inside and out over the last few months but we like to get things looking fresh and new.

One of the best things about our reshuffle days is it is a real team building day, everyone chips in and works together and by the end of the day we have accomplished so much.

Everyone worked hard and as you can see from the photos below you can see they all did a fab job.


Well Done Team EO

To see video or the Shop and Glam Tin Shed after the reshuffle click the links below. 


Glam Tin Shed

14 June 2022Orkney Sale

Orkney Sale

We have a fantastic selection of Orkney Pottery, books and pictures in stock.


All individually priced.


Pop down and see what local treasures you can find.


10 June 2022WEEE Update



We continue to be overwhelmed by the huge selection of electricals that are donated to us on a daily basis. 

Our staff have continued to be very busy cleaning, testing and displaying the vast amount of electricals that have been donated. Their hard work means we can carry on doing our bit to stop so many electricals going to landfill.

We also feel that we are getting the message across that second hand doesn't mean second best and our customers know they are getting good quality tested items from Restart Orkney.

Here is a peedie WEEE update showing the weight of electricals that have been donated and reused from January 2022 to May 2022.

Please continue to support this initiative and remember, anything with a plug, battery or cable can be reused or recycled!

You can drop it off to Restart Orkney or Hatston Recycling Centre or you can give us a ring on 879 777 to book in your free collection.


10 June 2022Vacancy - Relief Van Driver

Vacancy - Relief Van Driver


Our valuable service could not run effectively without the help of our relief van drivers covering busy periods, holidays, sickness etc. It is a paid position (£10 per hour) there is some heavy lifting involved but is a hugely rewarding job.


If you would like more information give our acting service manager Ian Robertson a ring on 876 605 or email [email protected]


Here is what one of our relief van drivers has to say about working at Restart Orkney.


09 June 2022Silent Auction

Silent Auction 


We have just 2 lots in this silent auction but they are beauties.


We have two Kirk chairs up for grabs, photos really don't do them justice.


Bids can be placed by PM on Facebook or in the shop.


Bids have to be in 4pm on Saturday 18th of June.


Good Luck and Happy Bidding

09 June 2022Interested in becoming an EO Board Member

At Employability Orkney we are very fortunate to have such a lovely selection of folk on our board.


We currently have 6 board members; Gill Wigley, Karen Johnstone, Alan Dundas, Gill Learmonth, Gill Smee and our newest board member Trevor Leslie.


We asked Alan a couple of questions about being on the EO board, here is what Alan had to say.

If you are interested in becoming a board member or would like some further information please email [email protected]

08 June 2022Developing the Young Workforce Orkney - Young People Are Great Campaign

On Monday 6th of June was the launch of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Scotland’s Young People are Great campaign. This campaign was aimed to highlight the key achievements and celebrate the successes of young folk across Scotland.


The campaign is running for a week, and each day they are sharing case studies from local young folk who have achieved success in education, training, volunteering or working.


Two of the case studies showed the successes of two individuals whos journeys have been linked with Employability Orkney. Please click the links below to view Andy and Archie's case studies and also view the many other that DYW Orkney shared over the week. 

Click here to view Archie's case study

Click here to view Andy's case study.


You can follow DYW Orkney's Facebook page by clicking this link. 

08 June 2022 Introducing our New Retail Supervisor 

 Introducing our New Retail Supervisor 

Our eagle-eyed social media fans may have spotted our new Retail Supervisor in a post a couple of weeks ago. Did you spot him?

Well if you didn't we are delighted to introduce you to the newest member of the EO team - Andy Taylor.

Andy joined us on Tuesday 17th of May and has been a fab addition to our small EO team.

You will be hearing more about Andy once he has settled in to the busy world of EO!

07 June 2022Employability Orkney's Latest Newsletter

02 June 2022We are closed - Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of June - Sorry for any inconvenience

We are closed on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th of June

Sorry for any inconvenience

We will be back at 9am on Monday 6th of June.

20 May 2022Information for folk on the isles

 Information for folk on the isles 

We want to help folk on the isles to enjoy everything Restart Orkney has to offer.

We know it can be frustrating missing out on items because you are unable to get into town. Well, we have found that social media is the key.

If you find something on our social media pages that you want, give us a PM and with a few simple steps we can have the item paid for and ready to head to JBT.

Our friendly staff can send additional photos to you, so you can see the item from every angle. We send payment links via text message or PM on social media. We will deliver your new items to JBT free of charge ready for uplift from your local haulier. There will be charges from your haulier for delivery so please contact them for prices.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us and we will see how we can help.

19 May 2022Mid May Madness Sale

 Mid May Madness 

Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st of May




We have a great selection of furniture in stock and more coming in everyday.


Pop down and pick up a bargain!!!

16 May 2022​We are excited to announce we are open this Saturday.

We are excited to announce we are open this Saturday.


Pop down between 10am - 4pm to pick up some fantastic bargains.

15 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 


It is the end of Mental Health Awareness Week but remember our mental health matters and should be talked about every day. I hope this week has helped you come together and realise you are not alone.


Look after yourselves and know you are enough.

14 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 

Part of looking after your mental health is making time to do something just for you.

So here are some self-care ideas from some of the staff and volunteers at EO. Do something for you this weekend.

Hope you all have a lovely Saturday.

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