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New figures prompt more action on walking to school
A major national survey on school travel in Scotland* shows barriers which deter children from walking to school still need to be tackled, according to national walking charity Living Streets Scotland.   Living Streets Scotland Director, Stuart Hay said: "Overall, walking to school levels in Scotland remain relatively high (43%), but it's disappointing to see them slip back in this year’s survey.  
Noss Primary school closed for pupil safety
The Highland Council advises parents and carers of pupils at Noss Primary School in Wick that unfortunately the school will remain closed until Monday 30 May 2016.   To ensure the safety of pupils and staff works are being carried out over the next few days including pressure testing of both the hot water and heating systems.  
Noss Primary School closure
The Highland Council has been forced to close Noss Primary School this afternoon (24 May) and tomorrow (25 May).   The closure is due to a significant failure of a hot water connection to the heating system located in the ceiling of the east wing resulting in significant water damage, and no heating.  
Your Cash Your Caithness - Come and cast your vote
Following the initial bidding process 20 projects now have a chance to put their idea to the public vote at an event in Thurso on Saturday 28 May.  There is £30,000.00 on offer with applications received totalling £53,072.00.  
New service reduces isolation for people with sight loss
Being told you will lose some or all of your vision can be devastating news.   But now a new service, based within Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, will offer emotional and practical support to people across all of the Highlands who have been diagnosed with sight loss.  
Primary pupils help launch major loneliness campaignThumbnail for article : Primary pupils help launch major loneliness campaign
Primary school pupils and a Highland MP have joined forces to help launch a major campaign by NHS Highland to combat loneliness and social isolation.   ‘Reach Out - Make a difference for someone who's lonely' was officially kicked off in Drakies Primary School, InvernessFriday 20th May 2016 - with pupils playing a starring role in the launch.  
Transforming Business, Society, and Self with U.Lab
Join the global movement to build a new economy by co-sensing and co-creating the emerging future.   The Castletown Ulabscot# hub was created in 2015 where local people were able to join together in learning and creating a new future, an emerging idea and an inspired vision of what the future holds for our community and our country.  
Mixed fortunes for seabirds in East CaithnessThumbnail for article : Mixed fortunes for seabirds in East Caithness
A new report shows a mixed picture of population increases and declines for many seabirds in a protected natural area in East Caithness - though with some faring better than seabirds nationally.   The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report on the East Caithness Cliffs Special Protection Area (SPA) found that there has been an increase in the numbers of razorbills, great black-backed gulls and European Shags since the previous count in 1999.  
The Castletown Ulabscot# hubThumbnail for article : The Castletown Ulabscot# hub
A large number of people interested in bringing to life ideas about making Scotland a better, fairer place to live are taking part in a free online course called 'U Lab' from September 2015.  This video captures the spirit of the third of three 'warm up' events hosted by the Scottish Government.  
What is a MOOC?Thumbnail for article : What is a MOOC?
NorthLink Ferries Hosts Unique Wildlife Cruise From Stromness
Northern Isles nature lovers are set to experience a trip of a lifetime this Sunday (22 May) in celebration of Orkney Nature Festival.   NorthLink Ferries is offering islanders and mainland visitors the chance to board MV Hamnavoe from Stromness for a wildlife cruise around the coastline of the scenic island of Hoy, offering a unique opportunity to spot birds and marine life.  
Clowns of the OceanThumbnail for article : Clowns of the Ocean
Enjoy an illustrated talk on 'An Introduction to Caithness Seabirds' with some coffee/tea & home baking before taking a short walk to view a puffin colony in the Dunbeath area.   3rd June 2016.  
Newton Hill Community Woodland Volunteering Day - Sat 21st MayThumbnail for article : Newton Hill Community Woodland Volunteering Day - Sat 21st May
Newton Hill Community Woodland Volunteering Day - Tree/Site maintenance Sat 21st May 11am to 3.30pm Everyone is welcome to come along and lend a little help.   What to bring: gloves, drinks, snack, suitable outdoor footwear & clothing.  
Are You Towing Legally?Thumbnail for article : Are You Towing Legally?
Are You Towing Legally? If you passed your driving test on or after 1st January 1997 and you now want to tow certain trailers, a horsebox or caravan, you may, by law, have to pass a specific practical test.  This would give you a B + E entitlement on your driving licence.  
Caithness Health Area Team - CHAT - New Group To Lobby On Caithness Health MattersThumbnail for article : Caithness Health Area Team - CHAT - New Group To Lobby On Caithness Health Matters
Maternity Unit In Crisis Consultants - Too Many Locums A new local lobbying group "CHAT" Caithness Health Action Team has been formed by a group of local Caithness people concerned about a variety of matters affecting health services in Caithness.   These vary from Maternity where many more mothers in recent times are being sent to Raigmore hospital in Inverness, Lack of consultants, Locum cover, Lack of GP's.  
Cant Cook, Could Foster
You don't have to be a good cook to foster, revealed children and young people in foster care as part of a new survey conducted by The Fostering Network to mark the start of Foster Care Fortnight 2016 (16-29 May).   Instead the overwhelming call was for foster carers who can provide them with security, support and love.  
Final preparations in hand to welcome refugees to Highland
Highland Community Planning Partners have confirmed that they are now ready to receive 4 Syrian refugee families to the Highlands in the next few weeks.   A working group of officers and volunteers from The Highland Council, Police Scotland, NHS Highland, and Highland Third Sector Interface have been putting final preparations in place for housing, education and health support for the families.  
Peatlands Walks in the Flow Country
A programme of free guided walks led by The Highland Council Rangers on behalf of the Flows to the Future Project starts in earnest next week.  This series of walks takes place across the Flow Country and west coast peatlands from Wednesday 18 May 2016.  
Recycling - What Do We All Need To do?Thumbnail for article : Recycling - What Do We All Need To do?
Watch this short video..