Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has tabled a motion for debate in the Scottish Parliament in a bid to save a local charity, Sight Action, as NHS Highland make funding cuts and re-design services for the blind and visually impaired. It was indicated to Mrs Grant at the end of last year that Sight Action's valuable services to almost 3,000 blind or visually impaired adults and children will no longer continue past the 31st March 2020 as NHS Highland are unable to uplift funding - even though Sight Action have had no uplift in funding for the past twelve years compounded, she believes, by a 10% cut in funding in 2010-11.
New contagious diseases are scary. They frighten us because they are unknown and unpredictable.
Saturday 22nd February: A walk led by Sharon Pottinger around her patch. It's about 6 miles, mainly on by-roads, so bring a pack lunch.
The article "The Crisis in care.com" was published on the web site "openDemocaracy" on 11th February 2020. We all know that there have been problems surrounding the Care Sector including lack of provision and low pay.
Thurso Grows, a climate change project run by Thurso Community Development Trust and funded by Climate Challenge Scotland, is holding an open day at Thurso Grows Community Garden. The project has turned the garden in Falconer Waters Court into a vibrant growing space and are planning further development and expansion throughout this year.
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Your Cash Your Caithness - 29th February 2020. Following the call by The Highland Council for local groups in Caithness to apply for a share of £10,000 to fund projects in their local area, members of the public are now being invited to take part in the Your Cash Your Caithness event on Saturday 29th February to decide how the money will be distributed.
Dylan Cundall (S6) and Daniel Gunn (S2) have received the Summit Saltire 500 hour award. The Summit award is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering.
Highland Council Gaelic Team organised a fun, open day session which was held in Mount Pleasant Primary School, Thurso, at the end of last week. The informal session was well attended and held to provide parents with information regarding Gaelic Medium Education and the benefits of bilingualism.
The Scottish Government has awarded The Highland Council funding to deliver area based energy efficiency programmes in the Highlands. The area based programmes aim to: Target fuel-poor areas Offer insulation measures, such as External Wall Insulation (EWI), Cavity and Loft Insulation The Scottish Government grant, in conjunction with Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, and a homeowner contribution will help owner occupiers and privately rented properties to improve the energy efficiency within their home.
Wandering albatrosses have long been considered exceptional creatures. They can fly 8.5 million kilometres during their lifetimes - the equivalent of flying to the Moon and back more than ten times.
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As some of you might be aware the level and extent of funding by NHS Highland to third sector organisations has been under review for quite some time. In a couple of weeks David Park the chief officer of NHSH is coming up to Caithness to have a short meeting with some of the current organisations who do receive funding and hopefully explain how the review is going.
Funding cuts will take toll on support for visually impaired children and adults in the Highlands and Islands. THOUSANDS of vulnerable people will be failed if NHS Highland refuses to properly fund a rehabilitation service for adults and children with blindness and impaired vision in the Highlands and the Western Isles.
This year, the awards are merging with the Scottish Association of Social Work awards. The new partnership will see categories introduced for a Social Worker and Student Social Worker of the Year.
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Three reports have been published following a year long project co-ordinated by Caithness Voluntary Group. The reports cover Thurso, Wick and rural Caithness.
Local groups in Caithness are reminded that the closing date for Your Cash Your Caithness applications is drawing near and to be in with a chance of receiving a share of £10,000.00, forms need to be received by 5.00pm on Sunday 2nd February 2020. £10,000.00 of funding is available to let the local community decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area.
The Highland Council took receipt of £9,497 from the old Caithness Partnership earlier in 2019 on condition that these funds were set aside and used in a Your Cash Your Caithness funding event. The Highland Council have topped this amount up to £10,000 now to let the local community once again decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area.
Applications open from 21st January 2020. Local charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over £3 million that has been raised by the players of People's Postcode Lottery.