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18 January 2022Time to Talk Week is coming up - Thursday 3rd February

πŸ—£Time to Talk 2022πŸ—£

Time to Talk day happens on the first Thursday in February and it is a great opportunity for communities, workplaces, schools, or anyone to get together and have a chat about mental health.

This is a day to reflect on how we look after our and others mental health. We all have our struggles and sometimes it just takes the kind words of another to bring a smile to your face that can change how you feel. Be that person that wants to bring smiles and help to lift the cloud and stigma around mental health.

In Scotland every year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem.

At Employability Orkney we promote the fact you can talk here. It is a safe space where if you are struggling, we want our staff and volunteers to know there is always someone here to listen.

We know that unemployment can put huge pressures on your mental health and that is one of the reasons we exist. But we also understand that being in employment can bring its own challenges around mental health.

So on the Thursday 3rd of February we will be helping to promote everyone to get talking and help lift the stigma around mental health and find ways that we can help each other. 

14 January 2022Employability Orkney's First Newsletter of 2022

07 January 2022🌟✨First Silent Auction of 2022 ✨🌟

🌟✨First Silent Auction of 2022 ✨🌟

We have loads of lovely items up for grabs.

Pop in to the shop for a closer look.

If you would like more pictures of an item please give us a PM we will be happy to help.

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

Bids have to be in by 4pm on Saturday 15th of January.

Good luck and happy bidding!!!


Click here to view the items up for grabs!

06 January 2022Urgent Donations Needed

Urgent Donations Needed


We are urgently looking for donations of;


Double Beds

Double 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.

05 January 2022January Sale

January Sale


We are back and refreshed after all the festivities so to kick off the New Year right we have up to 25% off selected furniture throughout our shop.


Pop down and pick up some fantastic bargains.

05 January 2022Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our lovely customers, we hope you all had a nice break and enjoyed yourselves as much as possible in these difficult times.


We are open today 9am - 5pm, here is a peedie reminder of the Covid-19 guidelines we have in place at Restart Orkney. Please read below for our guidelines;


• 4 customers/families in the main showroom at any one time.


• We no longer have a one way system in place, but please still be mindful of other customers and our staff.


• Please adhere to 2 metre distancing – there are markers on shop floor to help with this.


• Please use hand sanitizer located at entrance.


• Please wear a face covering whilst shopping with us.


• There is a maximum of 1 customer/household allowed at any one time in our Glam Tin Shed located to the left of our yard – again, please be patient with us and other customers.


• If you are displaying any of the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 please DO NOT enter any of our premises.


• Please shop with us online / over the phone if you can. We will be updating stock and offers regularly on our Facebook page and offer a remote payment option via your mobile phone – shop from the safety and comfort of your armchair !


Please be patient with us, stay safe and take care.


The Employability Orkney team would like to thank you ALL for your continued support.

24 December 2021Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Employability Orkney & Restart Orkney are now closed until Wednesday 5th of January.


Thank you again to everyone for their continued support throughout 2021.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Employability Orkney Team.

23 December 2021Thank You

As it's Christmas and at Christmas you should tell the truth (little Love Actually quote for you), there are some thanks we want to make before this year is over.


Firstly thank you to shop and van assistants old and new for all their hard work over the past year. With all the change they have not complained and worked together to make the shop such a positive environment. We have received fantastic feedback from customers, and you guys all deserve to know how much we appreciate all you do, and we know you will all go on to do great things.


Next we want to say a HUGE thank you to our volunteers as we honestly could not have gotten through the past year without you. They are the unsung heroes behind our charity and truly deserve to be recognised for all they do within our organisation.


Thank you to our board members who work behind the scenes in their own time to keep this charity going. This past year has given additional challenges for you to face, and we are really thankful for all you do to look after our staff and volunteers.


Thank you to the Employability Orkney team, this year has thrown a lot at us, but we have worked through it together. At Employability Orkney it really is the team we are surrounded by that makes this place so special. We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by such positive, hardworking, and just pure fabulous people. We have welcomed some new face this year in Julia and Darren, and they have been a great addition to our small team.


Thank you to our customers, partner agencies and everyone who has supported us, we could not keep supporting our staff and volunteers without you.


Lastly, the EO team wants to make a shout out to two very special people who always go above and beyond for us at EO. Two people who are truly remarkable and we believe they need to know how much they are appreciated. They look after everyone and always have the interest of others at the front of what they do. They lift everyone up and EO would not be the happy place it is without them.


So we hope you will all join us in saying a very special thank you to Amy and Ian.

22 December 2021Christmas Closures

Employability Orkney & Restart Orkney will close at 3pm on Friday 24th of December and will reopen on Wednesday the 5th of January.

We cant thank all our customers enough for their support throughout the last year.

21 December 2021Our prices will SLEIGH you!!!

Restart Orkney's prices will SLEIGH you!!!!


Come and grab a bargain!

18 December 2021Come on down to Restart Orkney and treat yo'ELF.

Come on down to Restart Orkney and treat yo'ELF.


We have loads of fabulous items in stock.

14 December 202110 Years of Mr Robertson

10 Years of Mr Robertson

A very well known face around EO is the one and only Ian. He has been helping our staff and volunteers move in to mainstream employment for 10 years.

There are genuinely no words to express how much everyone appreciates all the work he does around Employability Orkney. Ian has changed the lives of so many young folk, helping to build their confidence and self belief and move on to their next chapter.

So please if you are in the shop lets celebrate this achievement and all the great work this fabulous man has done throughout his 10 years at EO!!!

13 December 2021It would be Rud-olph you not to pop down to Restart Orkney

It would be Rud-olph you not to pop down to Restart Orkney

We have got some fabulous new items in stock. We really do have something for everyone. Come down and pick up a bargain.

10 December 2021WEEE Update

WEEE Update

We continue to be overwhelmed by the huge selection of electricals that are donated to us on a daily basis. When you think most of the electricals that we receive would of otherwise ended up in landfill or being incinerated is a very scary thought.

This Christmas if you are thinking of gifting someone something electrical why don't you pop down to Restart Orkney and see the wide selection we have in stock. They all are PAT tested before going on sale to ensure the safety of our customers.

Here is a peedie festive WEEE update to just give you a picture of the weight of electricals that have been donated and reused since the project began in September 2020.

The donated electricals is roughly the weight of 70 Reindeer

And the amount that has gone on to be reused is the rough weight of 38 Reindeer

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.

08 December 2021Employability Orkney's Successes over the past year


Employability Orkney's Successes over the past year

We have helped 7 staff members move on to further education or in to mainstream employment in the past 11 months.

Click here for a peedie reminder of their success stories.

Thank you to shop and van assistants old and new for all their hard work over the past year. With all the change they have not complained and worked together to make the shop such a positive environment.

We have received fantastic feedback from customers, and you guys all deserve to know how much we appreciate all you do, and we know you will all go on to do great things

We also want to say a HUGE thank you to our volunteers as we honestly could not have got through the past year without you. They are the unsung heroes behind our charity and truly deserve to be recognised for all they do within our organisation.

02 December 2021Employability Orkney's Latest Newsletter

01 December 2021Exciting New Opportunity - Van & Warehouse Supervisor

29 November 2021Success Story - Scott

Success Story - Scott

Last month you got to hear a bit about our retail assistant Scott and this month we are saying goodbye as he moves on to his new exciting chapter.

Scott joined our team in August right in the middle of all our renovations and changes within the shop. He was a fab addition to our team, and worked well with all staff. Scott helped the new retail staff learn the ropes and was a great team player.

Everyone at Employability Orkney wishes you all the luck for your future, please come and visit - Ian may need some tech support.

Click here to hear what Scott had to say about his time at EO.

26 November 2021Black Friday Sale - 26/11/2021

Black Friday Sale - One Day Only

We have up to 50% off a great selection of items.

Pop down and pick up a bargain today.

22 November 2021First Live Auction

First Live Auction

We have a GORGEOUS vintage high back chair that has been lovingly reupholstered by a member of our team, using all recycled, reclaimed and donated fabric and materials.

If you want to be cosy in this chair over Christmas it's time to get bidding.

Bids can be placed in store or by PM.

We will be updating you all with the price as bids come in.

Bidding closes on Saturday 4th of December.

Good Luck and Happy Bidding

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on the bidding!!!

15 November 2021AGM

We hosted our AGM on Friday the 12th of November. It was nice to get everyone together again after such a challenging year.

Our Board Members continue to work behind the scenes to make sure this charity can continue to provide these valuable services to our local community. Our dedicated team have really put everything in to making what should have been an extremely difficult year in to one of our most rewarding yet.

We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received and we hope to continue this in to 2022. If you would like to have a look at our annual report please click the link below.

Annual Report 2020-2021

13 November 2021World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

The purpose of World Kindness Day, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. The smallest act of kindness can do more than you know.

So today at Restart Orkney we will be handing out little acts of kindness to our customers as a thank you and to show how much we appreciate you. 

Be Kind

09 November 2021New Starts

New Starts

We ask our new starts what they want to gain from their time at Employability Orkney. This is what the newest member of our team wants to achieve whilst she is here.

You will not always see her around the shop but you will all appreciate the fantastic job she is doing. She joined our team a month ago to help us with cleaning and housekeeping and is doing an amazing job.

Thank you for all your hard work.

09 November 2021Meet our Kickstarters - Drew Hourston

Meet our Kickstarters - Drew Hourston


So yesterday we introduced you to Scott, today it is Drew's turn.


Drew and Scott joined our team at the same time and have been a great addition.


Click here to hear more about Drew.

08 November 2021Happy Anniversary Employability Orkney

Yesterday the 7th of November Employability Orkney has been a registered charity for 16 years!


Over that time many things have changed but the one thing that has stayed the same throughout and that is our ethos.


So many people have walked through our doors with one thing in common, that they have the desire to get in to mainstream employment.


Our team may have changed quite a lot through this time but the desire to help individuals reach their true potential has stayed the same.


Happy Anniversary Employability Orkney, long may it continue!

08 November 2021Meet our Kickstarters - Scott Stewart


Meet our Kickstarters - Scott Stewart


If you have been in to Restart Orkney over the past couple of months you would have been greeted by the fabulous new members of our team


So we thought it was about time you got to know some of them a bit better.


To read more about Scott click here. 

04 November 2021β„πŸŽ„πŸŽ…The elves have been really busy in our Glam Tin Shed.πŸŽ…πŸŽ„β„

β„πŸŽ„πŸŽ…The elves have been

really busy in our Glam Tin


What do you think?

Click here to see our

festive video

02 November 2021Employability Orkney's Latest Newsletter

01 November 2021Success Story - Jude

Jude came to Restart Orkney a few years ago as a volunteer. He was hardworking and determined to get in to employment. He got a job at the Stronsay Recycling Plant but his contract ended during the pandemic.


Jude was offered a position at Restart Orkney as a retail assistant and this made him more determined to become more independent and move to Kirkwall.


Jude was a massive help while he worked at EO. He would take on any challenge and helped everyone. He was a joy to have around the place.


Good luck and Thank you for all your hard work. Don't be a stranger.


Click here to view Jude's interview.

01 November 2021Silent Auction - 01/11/2021 to 06/11/2021

Silent Auction

We thought it was about time we had another silent auction.


We have a lovely selection of items up for grabs.


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


Bids have to be in by 4pm on Saturday 6th of November.


Click here to view all the fabulous items on our Facebook page.


Good Luck and Happy Bidding

30 October 2021Halloween Boo-nus - Saturday 30th October - ONE DAY ONLY

πŸ§ΉπŸ‘»Halloween Boo-nusπŸ‘»πŸ§Ή
Saturday 30th October

25% off ALL furniture!!!

For one day only!!!

This deal will lift your spirits πŸ‘»

25 October 2021Monster Mayhem - Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October

Monster Mayhem


Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October

10% off ALL furniture.

This deal is fa-BOO-lous!!!

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