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Community Groups News

Covid-19 Funding Update For Community Groups April 2020
Funding has become available for community organisations that are setting up support for vulnerable people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.   The National Emergencies Trust Fund is now open for applications.  
27/3/2020
John O'Groats Trail Spring 2020 NewsletterThumbnail for article : John O'Groats Trail Spring 2020 Newsletter
News vol 6 no 1: Spring Update 2019 was a big year for the JOGT.   Numbers on the trail were way up, and a pilot ranger programme was a success.  
18/3/2020
A group for Third Sector managers to share information and ideas in light of COVID-19
Highland Third Sector Interface have set up a new facebook page for Managers in the Sector in Highland, the link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/821385825048384/about/ I appreciate that there might be a few different pages getting set up but perhaps if you want to join this one we can keep in touch both in Caithness and with what other similar organisations in the Highlands are doing.   Alan Tait Caithness Voluntary Group.  
17/3/2020
Caithness Voluntary Group Coronavirus Message
The voluntary sector will doubtless play a huge part in supporting the vulnerable in the current crises and Caithness Voluntary Group will continue to provide support but for the time being will be working slightly differently.   Until further notice Telford House will be closed to all visitors .  
16/3/2020
Cancellation of All of Caithness International Science Festival Events
Unfortunately the Science Festival organisers have received the latest news from the Highland council in face of the evolving Coronavirus crisis.   "In line with national guidance, the Council has moved from containment to delay.  
Caithness Interneational Science Festival 2020Thumbnail for article : Caithness Interneational Science Festival 2020
Caithness International Science Festival 2020 will run from Monday 2nd - Saturday 21st March and includes a public and schools programme, culminating in the Family Fun Day.  Attendees can expect to hear about space exploration, virtual reality, climate change, future fuels, exotic animals, robotics and much more at these exciting and interactive events.  
15/2/2020
Caithness Field Club Winter programme 2019 - 20 February - April
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.  
11/2/2020
Thurso Grows Spring Open DayThumbnail for article : Thurso Grows Spring Open Day
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.  
30/1/2020
The Future of NHS Highland Funding to Third Sector Groups Under Review
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.  
20/1/2020
More Money Up For Grabs For Local Groups With Your Cash Your Caithness
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.  
18/1/2020
Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2018
Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2018 Articles now added at the link above Caithness Field Club Summer Programme 2018 - See below Field Club Activities during 2017 (by Tony Bradford) Botanical Report 2017 (by Francis and Margaret Higgins) Ranger Wildlife Notes 2017 (by Paul Castle) Strathmore Flora (contributed by Keith Gerry) Allan's Reminiscences (by Allan Abernethy) Place-names - Nottingham and Snottergill Burn (by George Watson) St Donnan - Patron Saint (by Audrey Munro) Thusater Dig (by Caithness Broch Project) Caithness Field Club Trips (by Anna Rogalski) Heads of Heroes (by Geoff Leet) Tale of a Carriage (by Tony Bradford).  
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..  
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.  
30/10/2019
Can You Help Caithness Voluntary Group Improve Their Services - One Minute Survey
Caithness Voluntary Group wants to find out if groups (and their representatives) are clear about their available services and also, how can services be tailored to current (possibly unmet) and future needs.   The survey is aimed at anyone who participates in the running of an organisation.  
29/10/2019
John O Groats Trail and Northern Pilgrims' Way MeetingThumbnail for article : John O Groats Trail and Northern Pilgrims' Way Meeting
Report of meeting on 24th October 2019.   Trustees of the The John O Groats Trail and members of the steering group for the Northern Pilgrims' Way had a joint meeting on the 24th October at the Bannockburn Inn, Helmsdale.  
20/10/2019
CHAT Team Visit To The New Balfour Hospital in OrkneyThumbnail for article : CHAT Team Visit To The New Balfour Hospital in Orkney
On Friday 18th October four of the CHAT's team visited the new Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney.   The main purpose of the visit was partly to see then hospital but in particular how maternity services work there.