Welcome to our Apr 2018 news update. Firstly we are delighted to announce, that in addition to a wonderful line-up of women participating at our conference, Maree Todd MSP for Highlands & Islands will be our Keynote speaker!! Book Here - its FREE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wea-highland-14664030672 The WEA Women in the Highlands Project is all set to take off! We have been working hard on a number of events and workshops which are now taking place.
Free draught proofing and energy advice service is available to anyone in Caithness & Sutherland area whom is: In receipt of unemployment benefits/ESA/PIP Retired/Pensioner A Carer Has a support worker On a low income/Part time worker(under 16 hours) In fuel poverty(struggling to pay energy bills) Living with a disability/health concerns A fully qualified, disclosed Energy Adviser will undertake an assessment of the needs/issues in your property, in regards to reducing bills, reduce drafts on doors/windows, increase disposable income, explain/set up heating controls - systems and advise on help/funding/grants available to reducing carbon emissions(energy losses) This is for private home owners, Highland council tenants, Housing associations or people with a private landlord You will receive free energy saving measures that may be required as part of the Energy visit. Fitted - free hot water tank jacket/lagging, free draught excluders for door/windows, free external/internal door/window seals, free LED bulbs, free radiator reflector panelling.
A new Chess club starts on 20th April 2018 in Thurso Library . Every Friday Drop in from 5.00pm.
A right to independent advocacy services is to be extended to more people under Scotland's new social security service. Ahead of the final vote on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, the Scottish Government has put forward an amendment that would see services provided to anyone who, because of a disability, needs additional support to engage fully with the Scottish social security system.
Pulteneytown People's Project has been successful in securing £149,295 over the next 3 years from the BIG Lottery Community Led Activity. The funding will allow the organisation to continue to deliver existing activities and develop new ones within the community.
The next Community Partnership meeting is on the 9th May from 4pm - 6pm in Castletown (venue yet to be confirmed) and all members of the public are invited to attend. This will be a workshop style event and will be of particular interest to those living and working in the Castletown area as the locality plan covering that area will be discussed in a bit of detail.
See the Spring Newsletter from the volunteering section of Caithness Voluntary Group HERE HERE HERE.
Launch of ‘500 miles' film to raise awareness. People can now learn how to do CPR to the tune of the Proclaimer's hit ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)'.
Have you had problems with healthcare? Do you want to complain, but need someone to help you? Caithness Health Action Team have organised for Patient Advice and Support Service to come to Wick (am in the Norseman hotel) and Thurso (pm in the Pentland hotel) on the 17th April. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Private message Caithness Health Action Team on Facebook Phone:07437340146 This service is confidential and by appointment..
The search is on to list all the defibrillators in Caithness to assess if there is a need fro more. Various programmes have paid fro these machines but there is not comprehensive list of them.
Jamie Stone MP for Caithness Sutherland and Ross writes today on his Facebook page - "Today I've written to Nicola Sturgeon to express my concern at the high levels of chronic disease in Caithness that were reported in this Monday's Press & Journal. The very high number of health problems experienced by people in the Far North make it more urgent than ever that higher levels of government step in to assist the local NHS.
FUNDING INFORMATION EVENT. Tuesday 24th April 10.00am-1pm Pulteney Centre, Wick.
Good Governance Training will be delivered in two sessions Wednesday 9th May 7pm-8.30pm. Your members what are they?, Ever wondered why you have members and why they are there How your committee works How your group is made up.
Family Easter Treasure Hunt - Sunday 1st April It's not just chocolate eggs at Easter time. Search for clues & learn about different types of animal eggs at the beautiful Geise woodland, near Glengolly.
During Trustees' Week 2016, we spoke to a range of experts to see what advice they would give first time charity trustees..
Presentation by OSCR - Scottish Charity Regulator. Charity trustees are our secret superheroes.
Caithness residents are enjoying improved facilities thanks to the efforts of the Latheronwheel and Latheron Improvement Group, local volunteers and donations totalling £25,000 from the E.ON Camster Community Fund. The funding has contributed to the refurbishment of the children's playpark in Latheronwheel, providing wheelchair access and a range of outdoor play equipment, as well as a woodland path network - the Burn Walk - which has been upgraded and had overgrown vegetation removed to make it suitable for visitors of all ages.
Jay Wilson Chair, Friends of the John o' Groats Trail, gives an update he new bridge they have built at Ousdale. Today (25th March 2018) marked one of the key moments in the history of the John o' Groats Trail.
An eloquent plea for a Gills Bay to Shetland sea-link from 1872, uncovered b y local 'historian Mr Morris Pottinger. With Gills Harbour Ltd's AGM coming on Tuesday 27.03.2018 evening at 19:30 sharp, retired farmer (Caithness & Orkney) Mr Morris Pottinger, who regularly writes historical articles for the Groat and has written the book on Parish Life on the Pentland Firth about mid-17th C, has kindly sent this extract from an Orkney paper of 1872 - see below.
The Highland Council is once again proud to be taking part in WWF's Earth Hour and is leading the way in supporting the event throughout the region. For the 11th consecutive year, the Council is calling on local people and businesses to back WWF’s Earth Hour and support collective action in tackling climate change.