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Lifestyles

Lifestyles provides modern learning disability services in Orkney. Ensuring that individuals have more person centred services with increased meaningful opportunities in partnership with the local community. Lifestyles offers a service for people with a range of learning disabilities who are 18 or over. The Lifestyles service has two bases. The St Colm's base develops individuals employment skills and opportunities. The Pickaquoy Centre base provides individuals with social, leisure and recreational opportunities. It has various rooms that can be hired. For bookings between 08.30 and 18.00 Monday to Friday please contact Ross Groundwater at ross.groundwater@orkney.gov.uk. For evening and weekend bookings please contact the Pickaquoy Centre on 01856 879900.


Current opportunities

Volunteering with people who may have a wide range of disabilities. Undertaking a wide range of activities and generally putting fun into people’s lives. Must be patient, empathetic and have a good sense of humour. Activities can be anything from going swimming, playing badminton, cooking, going out for walks, going to the cinema, craft activities, looking at books or playing board games.

St Colms has a well equipped workshop and produces many woodwork items such as planters, birdhouses, garden benches, pet houses, creepies and one off items as per customers’ orders. We are looking for volunteers to assist adults with learning disabilities with woodworking activities which include dismantling pallets, chopping kindling, cutting out wooden shapes, sandpapering and painting. This would suit someone with an interest in woodwork but experience is not necessary as training will be given. Tasks will be arranged to suit ability and preference.

St Colms has a large polytunnel and garden area with cold frames where they grow and sell plants. We are looking for volunteers to assist adults with learning disabilities with horticulture activities. This could be in the polytunnel or outdoors. Tasks include sowing seeds, planting out seedlings, weeding and watering. This would suit someone with an interest in gardening but experience is not necessary as training will be given. Tasks will be arranged to suit ability and preference.

St Colms has a well equipped craft room where they make all kinds of greetings cards and have just began making wedding invitations to order. We are looking for volunteers assist adults with learning disabilities with various craft activities with the main one being card making Tasks include cutting out shapes, assembling cards, computer work and photography. This would suit someone who is creative but experience is not necessary as training will be given. Tasks are arranged to suit ability and preference.