After a few weeks of preparations the new B & M Store has opened today 19th October 2018. The store took over the premises vacated by Homebase that recently closed several stores around the UK.
Sleep Scotland has recently rolled out a free telephone Support Line across Scotland to provide immediate help to parents and carers struggling with their children's and teenagers' sleep problems. Now, with funding from the Big Lottery and Scottish Government, the charity is encouraging families in the Highlands, Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to access telephone support from their experienced sleep advisors.
The Leader of The Highland Council has highlighted the excellent restoration work being done on war memorials across the Highlands using funding from the Council and the Scottish Governments Centenary War Memorial Restoration Fund which is administered by the Council. Recently a rededication service was held in Dores following an ambitious project lead by the local community with support by the Council to restore their distinctive war memorial.
Winter will soon be on the way but there is still time to do some simple tasks to keep things safe. Clean out the gutters Cleaning gutters helps keep rain flowing as it should, and can prevent damp problems.
On the 2nd to the 4th of November 2018, Thurso Come Dancing are hosting the first ever "FarNorth Dancefest". We are bringing 4 teachers from the Inverness area to 4 venues in Thurso to run simultaneous workshops for a weekend extravaganza.
A much loved local attraction celebrated its 25th Anniversary last night when members of the team that shaped the development of High Life Highland's Inverness Botanic Gardens and Nursery joined guests to mark the 25th anniversary of the gardens. Mike Hann, the original creator of the gardens gave a talk outlining the development of the garden and how his plans have taken shape in the 25 years since the inception of the site accompanied by a series of illuminating historic pictures highlighting the journey.
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has recently committed over £50,000 to six community projects in its latest round of grant awards. Jim MacGregor, CNSFund Chair said, ‘'Our latest funding investment supports improvements to historic and cultural visitor points of interest, village festivities, tourism development, watersports events and young people initiatives.
A big increase in young people being referred to mental health services and longer waiting times are signs of a system under significant pressure, says a new report. The Auditor General and the Accounts Commission have called for a step change in the way the public sector responds to the mental health needs of children and young people.
The high point of the year for celebrating the local heritage of the Highlands starts on Friday 28th September 2018. For three weeks, the Highland Archaeology Festival will offer throughout the Highlands a range of walks, talks, workshops, exhibitions, the annual conference, special children's activities and other events for all ages.
oung people are being asked for their views on plans to deliver a new grant worth £300 a year to young carers. The Young Carer Grant will be available to carers aged 16-17, not in receipt of Carers Allowance, who spend 16 hours or more a week caring for people entitled to qualifying disability benefits.
On 15th September 2018, Caithness Horizons are taking part in the annual Doors Open Day Campaign coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust. This wonderful event allows people living and visiting Scotland to explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across our country for FREE on weekends throughout September.
John William 'Jocky' Sutherland, who died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 68 on 28th August, 2018 at his home in Wick, Caithness, was a charismatic self-made businessman. He will be chiefly remembered for his key role in re-launching the traditional, but near moribund 200-year-old Caithness flagstone 'pavement' industry into the modern era, from the early 1990s onwards.
New round of grants for smaller grassroots, third sector organisations in Scotland working hard to tackle welfare reform and poverty in communities throughout Scotland. Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) are delighted to announce that with continued investment from Scottish Government we are now accepting applications from Scotland's third sector organisations to support their delivery of projects and activities that help mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat social inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact in communities.
Esme Leitch from Duror took up her role as the 13th Highland Youth Convener at the end of August 2018. As Youth Convenor, Esme provides a consistent link for Elected Members and senior officials in The Highland Council, representing young people's views and act as a sounding board for youth issues in the Highlands.
Barnardo's Scotland Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill. Commenting on the introduction of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill today, 7 September 2018, by Scottish Green MSP John Finnie, Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo's Scotland said:"We are absolutely delighted to see the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament today.
Join the North Highland College UHI Board of Management to help shape education across the Highlands and Islands. North Highland College UHI is a partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands and a leading college of further and higher education offering training, education and skills development opportunities from access to PhD level.
High Life Highland today announced that it has been successful in an application to the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund, to support its HLH Leadership Programme. "Choose to Lead" will be a Leadership Award that will be recognised by the SCQF Framework and accreditation of the award will be carried out by the University of The Highlands and Islands.
Children's Hearings Scotland exist to help protect the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people in Scotland. The Children's Panel in Scotland is made up of around 2,500 specially trained volunteer Panel Members from all walks of life.
The Rhind Lectures have been delivered in Edinburgh for the last 140 years. Don't miss the first staging of the Lectures in Rhind's home town of Wick.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has produced a leaflet, What to expect from your care worker, to let people know what type of behaviour and values they can expect from their care worker and what to do if they have a concern. The leaflets will be available in all GP surgeries in Scotland from September.