Since it started (2020) 6,435 payments have been made in Orkney amounting to £793,765.
“Parents told the review about the difference a good audiologist can make and it is clear from this report we need to make sure they always have the resources, training and leadership required to deliver effective support. ” -Mark Ballard of the National Deaf Children’s Society
“Arriving alone can have a devastating and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people – so it is vitally important for them to be given access to the care and support they need to help them adjust to their new life here.” Natalie Don , Minister for Children and Young People in the Scottish Government
Bookbug Week is taking place this week (15–21 May), encouraging little ones and their families to dance to their favourite songs and rhymes and then cosy up with a story.
“Helping families deal with cost of living pressures is one of our key priorities and providing further funding for affordable and accessible school age childcare will help deliver that.” Humza Yousaf
Around 60 payments worth £13,000 were made for winter 2022/2023 in Orkney, £6000 more than for the last winter. In total, £28,000 in Child Winter Heating Assistance payments have been issued in Orkney since the benefit launched in November 2020.
Orkney Islands Council is proposing to create a variable 20mph speed limit on sections of roads outside of island schools
April 24th is National Skipping day.
A new nursery is to be built next to the Orkney College campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Kirkwall.
The free bus travel is for the whole of Scotland, not just Orkney, so really useful to have if you are visiting friends and relations or attending an event outwith Orkney.