“The staff were efficient, so kind and helpful. I cannot thank them enough”



“This will be the first warm Christmas we will have had in years, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

THAW Orkney is a charitable organisation that was established in December 2014 to help assist fuel poor households in Orkney

Our mission is 'To work for households in all Orkney communities to reduce levels of fuel poverty and achieve affordable warmth'

Peter Rickard


Stacy Johnston

Senior Development and Support Officer

Billy Groundwater

Development and Support Officer

Michelle Koster 

Development and Support Officer

Lorraine Campbell

Welfare Support Officer

Gillian Couper-Swanney 

Project Administrator


What our clients say about us​

Office Opening Hours

THAW's usual office opening times are from 9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Home visiting is an aspect of THAW's services that we are proud of and staff undertake regularly. Occasionally therefore, please be aware that the office may not be open during these times due to all of the staff field team being away from the office on home visits, or on other occasions such as staff training

If you are travelling from the isles or from a distance on the mainland, it is best to telephone prior to your planned visit to ensure that the office will be open


"Absolutely outstanding, you couldn't do enough, THAW went above and beyond the call of duty"

“The service THAW provides is so important for the people of Orkney"

A service here to support you

“So efficient and so helpful and they care so much. Lost for words.” 



Please have a look at some of our news stories below:


Links of Interest

Please read our Social Return on Investment (SROI) findings which was undertaken by an independent researcher who found that for every £1 invested in THAW, £5.49 of social value has been developed in the local community. You can download the full report following the link here - THAW Orkney - Valuing What Matters SROI Report and THAW Orkney IMPACT MAP

mEET THE Staff


We seek to co-ordinate and work in partnership with other local and national organisations in order to provide the maximum support for our clients

helping to make a difference

We provide a bespoke hand holding service, which has involved supporting and assisting householders with hard to heat homes

31/01/19: We are welcoming three new staff members. Welcome to Lorraine, Billy and Michelle and farewell to Michael who is moving to Community Energy Scotland. 

31/07/18: THAW response to the Government consultation on energy efficiency and fuel poverty

02/07/18: THAW Orkney Annual Review 2018

​​Information & advice on     energy efficiency

Third party support

Tariff switching support

Assistance with national       grant funded programmes

Referrals and hand               holding support to individuals, households  and local         organisations


Income maximisation &         budgeting support

Assistance with debt and       low income

Life skills training​ &               workshops