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9/12/2019
Vinyl records are topping ParcelHero's chart as the gift enjoying the fastest growth this year.Thumbnail for article : Vinyl records are topping ParcelHero's chart as the gift enjoying the fastest growth this year.
Christmas 2019 winners and losers: Which gift is breaking records and which is out of the picture? The home delivery specialist ParcelHero has revealed which gift has soared to the top of its charts, and which present is no longer being snapped up - and the results may surprise you.   Some Christmas gifts, from candles to festive jumpers, stay perennially popular; but others suddenly disappear from everyone's wish lists.  
6/12/2019
Winter Wonderland 2019 - InvernessThumbnail for article : Winter Wonderland 2019 - Inverness
If you are planning a Christmas Shopping Trip to Inverness with the kids.   The Highland Council has announced details of its free Inverness Common Good Fund sponsored Winter Wonderland event.  
5/12/2019
Proposed increase in foster carer payments to be considered at council
Members will be asked to approve a proposal to substantially increase the payment to foster carers at the meeting of Highland Council on Monday 9 December 2019.   The new payment proposal recognises the valuable role of foster carers in providing a home and care for the most vulnerable children within their Highland community.  
4/12/2019
Eco-friendly addition to Caithness Rural Transport serviceThumbnail for article : Eco-friendly addition to Caithness Rural Transport service
Caithness Rural Transport has a new eco-friendly addition to its fleet which is now up to 10 vehicles offering a transport service in Caithness.  The new electric minibus is cleaner and greener.  
4/12/2019
Triotaxi service will bring cycling to those less ableThumbnail for article : Triotaxi service will bring cycling to those less able
Members of Wick Wheelers cycling cub have taken possession of a rickshaw-style Triotaxi.   This came about through groups in Wick working together.  
4/12/2019
Build A Snowman At Newtonhill Woodland Near WickThumbnail for article : Build A Snowman At Newtonhill Woodland Near Wick
See poster for details and how to book..  
2/12/2019
Climate Action Funding Proposal
Thurso Community Development Trust working in partnership with Lairg Learning Centre are intending to submit an initial project proposal to the new TNL Climate Action Fund to develop a project across Caithness and Sutherland which aims to change behaviours in our community in order to take action against Climate Change.  We will be looking at various options including encouraging Zero Waste, Local Food Growing and Food Waste Minimisation to change behaviours in the face of the Climate Emergency.  
2/12/2019
Don't leave it until the last minute to submit your accounts to OSCRThumbnail for article : Don't leave it until the last minute to submit your accounts to OSCR
Around 40% of charities have a 31 March financial year end, meaning that the deadline for filing their accounts is 31 December.  This means that December is often a very busy time for us responding to queries from charities that need a little assistance and receiving submissions.  
1/12/2019
Caithness FM Annual Toy AppealThumbnail for article : Caithness FM Annual Toy Appeal
This year is our 25th toy appeal and we would really like it to be the best yet! We gave been totally taken aback by the generosity of the Caithness people over the years, the help we have received has been totally amazing and we really do appreciate it.   Everything we collect is delivered to the local social work department who consult with other organisations to ensure that the gifts go to those most in need.  
26/11/2019
Easy Way To Help John O'Groats Mill If you shop at CoopThumbnail for article : Easy Way To Help John O'Groats Mill If you shop at Coop
Hi all, As you know, to make the John O Groats Mill into the centre we all want it to be it needs funds.  We made a lot of progress over the past year but we've still a bit to go.  
22/11/2019
Christmas Trees For Sale At Dunnet ForestThumbnail for article : Christmas Trees For Sale At Dunnet Forest
it's nearly that time of year again - and we will have Christmas trees for sale.   The price is unchanged at £3 per foot.  
20/11/2019
Georgesons Solicitors Make Substantial Donation To CHATThumbnail for article : Georgesons Solicitors Make Substantial Donation To CHAT
When Bruce de Wert of Georgesons Solicitors heard of the distress of new Mums having to drive back from Inverness with their newborn in danger, he knew he had to do something.   The problem is that newborns cannot sit in car seats without compressing their lungs and it is a long way from Inverness to Caithness! And, so, he announced that this year the charity for Wills Week would be CHAT who provide lie flat car seats for for newborn babies.  
20/11/2019
Housing associations an untapped resource in delivery of health and social careThumbnail for article : Housing associations an untapped resource in delivery of health and social care
A new report has concluded that housing is an untapped resource which could help Health and Social Care Boards engage better with older people, delivering more effective services as a result.   In the report published today, one of Scotland's leading housing associations outlines the importance of going beyond traditional methods of engagement.  
16/11/2019
New drive to curb online puppy sales
Buyers urged to boycott illegal trade.   People in Scotland are increasingly buying puppies online despite the risk of purchasing from illegal breeders, according to new research.  
12/11/2019
Game on! Competition for pupils across Northern Alliance launches
We're pleased to announce the launch of a Northern Alliance-wide GamesCon event.   Primary school pupils from across the Northern Alliance - from Shetland to Aberdeen and right across to Argyll and Bute - are to benefit from the opportunity to take part in a competition to create a game using coding software, SCRATCH.  
North Highland College UHI celebrates diamond yearThumbnail for article : North Highland College UHI celebrates diamond year
North Highland College UHI celebrates a milestone this year with 60 years in education.   North Highland College UHI first opened in 1959 as Thurso Technical College to serve the training needs for Dounreay.  
5/11/2019
New £11.5 million fund to tackle poverty and inequality
People in disadvantaged communities are set to benefit from a range of projects to tackle poverty, inequality and rural disadvantage.   Around 250 community groups, social enterprises and charities across the country will receive a share of £11.5 million in 2019-20 through the new Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund.  
4/11/2019
Businesses and Groups Invited To Old Woolies Building - Bring Your IdeasThumbnail for article : Businesses and Groups Invited To Old Woolies Building - Bring Your Ideas
The old Woolworth building in Market Square, Wick is lying empty and unused.   The Wick Community Council is looking for any ideas from businesses or/and local groups for possible uses.  
2/11/2019
Toolkit to improve early literacy skills across regionThumbnail for article : Toolkit to improve early literacy skills across region
An Emerging Literacy Toolkit developed as one of the Northern Alliance's key workstreams has been designed to help improve early literacy skills across the region.   Recently endorsed by all eight participating local authorities, the toolkit was developed by James Cook, Depute Head Teacher of Milton of Leys Primary School in Inverness.  
1/11/2019
Blanket Scotland Cash FreezeThumbnail for article : Blanket Scotland Cash Freeze
7 in 10 Scots delay switching their heating on to save money.   HARD-UP Scots are delaying turning their heating on this winter and instead wrapping up in blankets to save money, according to a study.