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Walks In March 2019Thumbnail for article : Walks In March 2019
For anyone wondering what they are like: Basically we walk, stop, look, discuss the scenery and history of the things we are looking at, walk on a bit, stop for lunch, eat some homemade biscuits (these are also free), walk on again, repeat.  These are not aimed at stomping along the cliffs trying to break records and we walk as fast as the slowest (or most scenery fixated) walker.  
Milestones: journeying into adulthoodThumbnail for article : Milestones: journeying into adulthood
A report from the Office for National Statistics.   We used to think of getting married and having children as some of life's most important milestones.  
NHS Highland Announces New Date For Annual ReviewThumbnail for article : NHS Highland Announces New Date For Annual Review
NHS Highland's annual review has been rescheduled for Tuesday 09 April 2019.  It will be held in the Centre for Health Science, Inverness with Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, in attendance.  
MSP raises the case of Caithness twins' mother and why air ambulance wasn’t initially called
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has raised with the First Minister why the air ambulance was not initially called when a Caithness mother went into labour at 30 weeks with twins.   At First Minister's Questions today, Mrs Grant told Nicola Sturgeon the woman had bravely shared her experience of giving birth under the current maternity provisions in Caithness.  
Dunbeath Strath Walk With The RangersThumbnail for article : Dunbeath Strath Walk With The Rangers
Enjoy a gorgeous spring-time walk up the Dunbeath Strath.   Follow the river through the hazel & birch woods and up onto Cnoc na Maranaich to take in amazing views.  
Advice in Scotland 2017-18 - Increasing DemandThumbnail for article : Advice in Scotland 2017-18  - Increasing Demand
A summary of evidence gathered by the Citizens Advice network in Scotland about their work.   In total, Citizens Advice Bureaux assisted nearly 262,000 clients with almost 766,000 issues during 2017-18.  
Family Fun Night and Activities At Dunnet BeachThumbnail for article : Family Fun Night and Activities At Dunnet Beach
So what do you do as a family in the dark evenings? Well here is an unusual activity night organised by the Highland Rangers that families can enjoy together.   Join the rangers for a family event in the dark at Dunnet Bay.  
Caithness International Science Festival 2019Thumbnail for article : Caithness International Science Festival 2019
Events - The Physics of Mountaineering Mon 4th March, Norseman Hotel Wick, 7pm.Alison McLure from the Institute of Physics talks about the science behind mountain safety and mountain rescue.  Tea and coffee and chat to Dr McLure after.  
Bringing generations together - A Care Inspectorate ReportThumbnail for article : Bringing generations together - A Care Inspectorate Report
The Care Inspectorate have published a new resource full of good practice examples to give care services ideas on how to bring generations together in a variety of care settings in ways that improve the quality of their lives.  It tells real-life stories from across Scotland of how people of different age groups can develop meaningful relationships and enjoy a rich variety of experiences.  
Young Placechanger Ideas Fund - next deadline 28 Feb 2019Thumbnail for article : Young Placechanger Ideas Fund - next deadline 28 Feb 2019
The Young Placechangers Ideas Fund supports Youth Groups to engage with others in their communities to take action to improve the environmental quality, biodiversity, playability and vibrancy of neighbourhoods.   Do you want to improve your local park or greenspace? create new places to play or hang out? Clean up your street and involve others? Create an exhibition to celebrate the history of your area? Then the Ideas Fund could be for you!.  
Better sanitary facilities for disabled people
Public consultation launched on 18th February 2019.   A change in legislation is proposed to help more people across Scotland with complex care needs take part in everyday activities such as travel, shopping, family days out or sporting events.  
£2 million for Highland communities
Question Is it not ironic that funds are being disbursed via Scottish Government when at the same time local councils are making major cuts in third sector funding and education? --------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------- Communities in the Highlands and Islands have been awarded more than £2 million to find new ways to improve people's lives and services.   The funding will benefit 22 community and third sector groups who will use the investment to deliver innovative and long-lasting projects which tackle inequality, poverty and support inclusion in the local community.  
Bookbug now have a free app!Thumbnail for article : Bookbug now have a free app!
Thanks to Noss Primary school for Wick sharing this information.   Download the free Bookbug app to share songs and rhymes on the go, look up new words or make up your own songs and rhymes to new instrumental versions! Bookbug's Songs and Rhymes app is one more way to fit songs and rhymes into your day and it's here to support you as you play and sing with your wee one.  
Change of Venue For Caithhness Community Planning Partnership Meeting on Wednesday 13 February
Due to the unexpectedly high number of confirmed attendees for tomorrow's Community Planning Partnership meeting in Wick, we have had to switch venue to the Council Chamber, Wick Town Hall.  The start time remains at 11am..  
Caithness Astronomy Group Moon Watch Observing SessionsThumbnail for article : Caithness Astronomy Group Moon Watch Observing Sessions
Weather permitting there will be the opportunity to drop by and view the Moon through Caithness Astronomy Group telescopes at Thurso Riverside and Wick High School on the evening of Saturday 16th February.   7.00 - 8.00pm.  
Highland Council highlights Health and Safety Risks from Inflatable Play EquipmentThumbnail for article : Highland Council highlights Health and Safety Risks from Inflatable Play Equipment
Following the tragic fatality last year in Norfolk involving a child and an inflatable Bouncy Castle, and a further incident on an inflatable slide at Woking where ten children were injured and taken to hospital, The Highland Council's Environmental Health Service is responding to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advice and raising awareness of the risks associated with such equipment.   HSE has recently revised their guidance for Bouncy Castles and other play inflatables which is now available to operators and members of the public on their website.  
The economics of early childhood developmentThumbnail for article : The economics of early childhood development
Angus Phimister, Institute for Fiscal Studies.   Video lecture is 33 minutes long.  
Community development groups to gather at Highland event
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is hosting the second Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland on 28th and 29th May 2019 at the MacDonald Aviemore Resort.   Volunteers, boards, and development workers at the heart of community-led development across Scotland will be gather in the Highlands in May to share grass roots experiences of economic and social growth.  
Evening Talk - Castletown Lass To Australian PioneerThumbnail for article : Evening Talk - Castletown Lass To Australian Pioneer
An evening talk revealing the fascinating story of Frances Purves (1829 - 1900) from Thurdistoft Farm.  
New Book Out Soon - A History of Wick and Keiss Baptist ChurchThumbnail for article : New Book Out Soon - A History of Wick and Keiss Baptist Church
The book is titled "A History of Wick and Keiss Baptist Church".  It will first be available to purchase on the evening of Thursday the 14th of February 2019 at Wick Heritage Museum at a talk by archivist Gordon Reid, titled "Ganseys- their art, craft and Caithness traditions", which will commence at 7pm.