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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 reception@employabilityorkney.co.uk


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 admin@employabilityorkney.co.uk

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!

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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.

13 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 

Here are a couple things to remember if you are feeling lonely.

Asking for help shows immense courage - It is not easy to ask for help but it will make you feel better.

You may feel lonely but please know you are not alone - There is always someone who will be there.

Loneliness is not a reason to settle - Don't settle for someone treating you poorly because you are lonely, you deserve better.

It's OK to lean on others, they want to help - You are not a burden.

13 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 

What people think mental health is and what it really is can be completely different. We all have mental health, and we all need to look after it, so let’s break the misconceptions around mental health and start supporting everyone to look after theirs.

12 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 

Sometime our minds prefer to jump between the past and the future and not concentrate on the present especially when we are struggling. During these times we can have a tunnel vision and struggle to see the options and choices available to us. It can feel as if we are powerless in the here and now and just want to race towards something even if we are uncertain of the end goal, which can make things seem darker and scarier than they actually are. This in turn creates a vicious cycle of thought such as “It will never get better” or “I’ve always felt like this”, feeding the negative emotions more energy, and making one feel stuck.

I am here to reassure you that things will indeed change, they always do eventually. Even if we cannot see it in the moment. It takes time, but all we can do is to attend to our needs in this moment.

11 May 2022Get to know - Archie Cannon

 Get to know - Archie Cannon 

Yesterday you got to hear about Colin today we will properly introduce you to Archie.

Archie joined our team in September as a retail assistant, and has a real flare for making our furniture posts on Social Media fun and quirky, and is a great team member.

Archie was offered a 6 month extension and we thought it was about time you knew the face behind some of our fantastic posts.

Click here a read a bit more about him.

11 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 




There is a quote from the Titanic that I think depicts how loneliness can feel (bear with me). “I feel I'm standing in the middle of a crowded room, screaming at the top of my lungs, and no one even looks up.”

I think many of us have felt this way at some point - that it doesn’t matter how many people are around you, you feel alone and unable to get your feelings across. But please know there is always someone who will listen and support you.

I found an article about loneliness, that was different quotes from people of all walks of life. I found some of them heart-breaking to read but also, they rang true. I think in the last year we have all felt at least one of these statement at one time or another. But please all know that there is always someone who will be there even if it is to sit next to you in silence.

Here are some services and helplines that can help if you are struggling with loneliness and also help with your mental health.

VAO Adult Befriending Services - 01856 872897

Samaritans - 116 123

SANEline - 0300 304 700

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - 0800 689 5652

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 58 58 58

Switchboard 0300 330 0630




10 May 2022Get to know - Colin Craigie

 Get to know - Colin Craigie 

If you have booked in for a collection or delivery in the past 7 months you would have greeted by one of our friendly van assistants Colin.

Colin has been a great addition to our van crew and is doing a fab job. Colin was offered a 6-month extension to his contract, so we thought it was about time you got to know a bit more about him.

Click here to find out more about him.

10 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 


We all have bad days and sometime we can't quite find a way to turn it around, that is ok and completely normal.

Here are a couple things to remember on those bad days.

09 May 2022Mental Health Awareness Week

 Mental Health Awareness Week 

It is Mental Health Awareness week and one of the talking points is loneliness.

I think this is something that everyone can relate to and especially with the recent events from the pandemic. From isolating alone to yearning for social interaction outside of our immediate family. Loneliness doesn’t always mean that you are alone, sometimes loneliness is from feeling unable to communicate with those around you.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on everyone’s mental health. Statistics show that 1 in 5 individuals did not seek help when they needed it as they felt their problems were not serious enough. This shows there is still work to be done to give people hope and make them feel worthy of getting the support they need. Statistics also show that 55% of people are worried about seeing and being around others now that restrictions have eased. While we all need life to get back to some form of normal, we need to be understanding and supportive of those who are not ready and not make them feel alone.

This week is all about bringing awareness and understanding to each other’s mental health and trying to build a society that lifts each other up. So please remember there is always someone to turn to and support you when you need it.

05 May 2022Notice About Donations

Thank you to all our great customers for all your support. We are currently bursting at the seams with your fabulous donations and just need a bit of time to sort it all.


So we will not be accepting any donations of bric-a-brac & small electricals until further notice.


If you have working small electricals you would like to donate you can drop them off at the WEEE shed at Hatston Recycling Centre.


This will be reviewed regularly and we will keep you updated with any changes.


Sorry for any inconvenience.

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25 April 2022Spring Clearance Sale

Spring Clearance Sale


Monday 25th April to Friday 29th April




Our prices will put a spring in your step!!!


Pop down and pick up a bargain.

20 April 2022House Clearance Service

  House Clearance Service  


Restart Orkney offers a free house clearance service for Mainland Orkney.


We understands that house clearances may be a result of unforeseen circumstances and our friendly team can help minimize the stress.


If you would like more information or to book in, you can PM us on social media or give us a ring on 879 777.

18 April 2022Changes to the Covid-19 Guidelines - 18-04-2022

Changes to the Covid-19 Guidelines



The legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces has become guidance from today.


With the Scottish Government still strongly recommending that face coverings continue to be worn where appropriate, Employability Orkney and Restart Orkney staff and volunteers are going to continue to wear them.


We want to protect our staff, volunteers and of course our fantastic Restart Orkney customers. We will also still have hand sanitising stations at the entrance to the main shop and Glam Tin Shed and will also carry on with our cleaning regime to protect you all.


If you are displaying any of the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 please do not enter any of our premises.


We understand that many individuals will feel cautious and anxious regarding these changes, and we all need to be respectful and understanding of this.

15 April 2022Please get in contact if this concerns you.

We have a number of items in our container that have been paid for but not collected.


As quite a few of them have been there for many weeks, if they are not collected by the 22nd of April 2022 we will re-sell them.


Please phone us on 879 777 if this concerns you.


Thank you

15 April 2022Restart's EGG-CELLENT Easter Deals

Restart's EGG-CELLENT Easter Deals


Friday 15th & Monday 18th of April

All small electricals are half price this Easter. From hair straighteners to TVs and everything in between.

You will not want to miss this, our prices will shock you.

08 April 2022New Starts

New Starts

At the end of March we have welcomed three new members of staff to our retail team.

You will hear more about them over the coming months but for now, here is a peedie quote from each of them explaining what they want to get from their time at EO.

08 April 2022New Vacancy - Relief Van Driver

New 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 reception@employabilityorkney.co.uk

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


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06 April 2022Success Story - James

Success Story - James

James joined our team in April 2021 through the Kickstart scheme, he then was offered an extension to his contract through CJS.

James has grown in confidence since he started and it is lovely to see. James has been a great addition and will be missed by everyone.

We wish James luck for the future and can not wait for updates on his next chapter.

Click this link to hear what James had to say about his time at Employability Orkney.

05 April 2022Donations Needed

Urgent Donations Needed


We are urgently looking for donations of;

Double Beds

Double Mattresses

Single Mattresses

Washing Machines





If you or anyone you know may be able to help you can phone 879 777 or PM us on Facebook to book in your free collection or you can drop them off to Restart Orkney.

Your furniture donations go a long way in helping furnish a new home for someone in need.

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