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Market House - Resident Organisations

Resident Organisations



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Ability Shetland 



Advocacy Shetland



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Carer Support



Mind Your Head



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Moving On Employment Project



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OPEN Peer Education Project



 OPEN Peer Education Project





Relationships Scotland - Shetland 
(incorporates Couple Counselling, Community Mediation & Family Mediation) 



Relationships Scotland Shetland 

Royal Voluntary Service



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Shetland Befriending Scheme



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Shetland Bereavement Support Service



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Shetland Care Attendant Scheme




Shetland Community Connections



Shetland Community Connections 

Shetland Islands Citizens Advice Bureau



Shetland Pre-School Play Ltd


Andrea.Gilbertson@shetland.org or 

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Victim Support Shetland



 Victim Support Shetland

Voluntary Action Shetland



Voluntary Action Shetland: Volunteering





Services offered by Organisations Resident in Market House

Ability Shetland:

Supports the efforts of disabled people to realise their full potential in all areas of life.

Advocacy Shetland:

Independent, confidential and free voluntary service which helps people have their voices heard.

Carer Support:

Through this Voluntary Action Shetland project, unpaid carers are supported through the Carers Centre with support groups, outreach groups, one-to-one meetings, short break grants, signposting, training, and a one-stop shop approach to relevant information. Also online: Virtual Carers Centre, Facebook page and Twitter Feed.

Mind Your Head:

Aims to raise mental health awareness in Shetland and reduce the stigma of mental ill-health.

Moving On Employment Project:

Provides help for people with health problems and disabilities or other barriers to employment to find and hold down work, whilst also offering support, help in rebuilding confidence, advice on accessing benefits, helping to access training and assist in interview coaching. They focus on helping people find employment that is flexible to their needs; suitable to their skills and hopefully, something they enjoy doing.

OPEN Peer Education Project:

Peer Education: OPEN supports and trains young people aged 16-25, to become Peer Educators, who deliver issue-based workshops in all high schools across Shetland. OPEN’s training and workshops focuses on sexual health, positive relationships, alcohol and drug use, mental health, and online safety; to raise awareness and provide information on important issues concerning young people.

Peer Mentoring: OPEN also run a peer mentoring programme; which recruits and matches mentors and mentees, to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring sessions for young people who are care-experienced and/or have experience with the youth justice system; to improve participants’ outcomes and prevent offending behaviour.

Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience: OPEN are now part of the SIC’s Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience (EWR) Project. OPEN recruit, support, and train 6 young people; so they that they can form a lead group to represent young people in the EWR Steering Group.

Relationships Scotland - Shetland:

Offers a chance for couples or individuals, who have problems with their intimate relationships, to speak confidentially and in privacy to a trained counsellor. Community Mediation: a free, impartial and confidential means of addressing neighbourhood difficulties should a dispute or disagreement with a neighbour or other member of the community arise. Family Mediation: help parents who have separated or divorced make arrangements for their children’s future in a confidential, impartial and neutral setting.  Mediation can also take place between different generations such as grandparents/parents or parents/teenage children.


Through their volunteers, the Royal Voluntary Service helps older people in Shetland to stay independent at home and active in the community. They offer practical help that can make all the difference - befriending at home, providing transport in the community, bringing people together through social activities or supporting them in hospital or in an emergency. They offer practical solutions to everyday problems like loneliness and isolation.

Shetland Befriending Scheme:

Offers a one to one support service to young people and young adults aged between 7 and 18 and to adults aged 16+ years of age.  Our volunteers support individuals who can benefit from some additional input.  There are a whole range of reasons why individuals may want to be part of our scheme but all can benefit from taking part in lots of different and exciting activities in their local community.

Shetland Bereavement Support Service:

Provides help and support to those who have been bereaved through the services of trained counsellors and a library of useful resources

Shetland Care Attendant Scheme (formerly Crossroads):

Provides trained Care Attendants to give Carers of vulnerable adults and children quality time to call their own to use as they wish.

Shetland Community Connections:

Provides a brokerage service for social care users in Shetland. This includes person centred planning to identify personal outcomes, help to plan and organise support, support to recruit and manage Personal Assistants, payroll support, peer support, information, advice and signposting.

Shetland Islands Citizens Advice Bureau:

Free, confidential, independent, impartial advice service.

Shetland Pre-School Play Ltd:

Provides advice, support and training on issues of good practice and management to all pre-school groups in Shetland. Provide two toy libraries, one of which is for children with additional needs, supply publications and produce a regular newsletter

Voluntary Action Shetland:

Shetland’s Third Sector interface, provides support, advice and services both to established voluntary organisations and social enterprises and to new projects; publishes the New Shetlander, represents the interests of the third sector strategically at local and national level. Places volunteers with volunteering opportunities, offers advice on volunteer policy and procedures, provide training and support for voluntary and community groups, volunteer managers and volunteers and administration of Saltire Awards for young people from Secondary One to age 25.

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