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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.  
The Power of Love: Why maternal depression is an economic mobility issue
An article from Brookings an American social web site shows many of the issues we are facing right here.   The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC.  
More Veggie Less Meat - It Seems Many More Are Thinking About It
In the last couple of years it seems meat consumption is being reduced by many even if they are not cutting it out.   The number of vegetarians and vegans is rising but it seems many more are trying it with reduced meat eating and things like Meat Free Mondays and son.  
Improving Social Care Services In Your AreaThumbnail for article : Improving Social Care Services In Your Area
The Weigh Inn, Thurso.  Wednesday 6th March 2019.  
Caithness Community Planning Partnership 13th February -Wick
11am, Wednesday 13th February 2019.  The Pulteney Centre, Wick.  
Children's Mental Health: Understanding the issuesThumbnail for article : Children's Mental Health: Understanding the issues
The possible effects of screen time and social media on children's mental health are much in the news at the moment.  But the mental health of the youngest in our society is complex and can be affected by many factors.  
Concerns raised over funding for the third sector after Brexit
Communities Secretary asks the UK Government for assurances.   Concerns over future funding arrangements for the third sector following the UK's exit from the EU have been raised by Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell in a letter to the UK Government.  
Families in Caithness to benefit from Police and Parentline PartnershipThumbnail for article : Families in Caithness to benefit from Police and Parentline Partnership
Caithness families will get greater access to support thanks to a new partnership between Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division and Children 1st's Parentline service.   Local police officers responding to incidents involving children are letting their families know about the ongoing support that Parentline offers via phone, email, text and online webchat.  
Funding Roundup From Caithness Voluntary Group
Beatrice Partnership Fund The Beatrice Partnership Fund has opened for applications.  The partnership fund can support projects which: Create opportunities Create or enhance opportunities for education and employment through activities focused on improving an individual's chances of entering the workplace or further professional development Empower communities Empower fragile communities to become more resilient and to protect their vulnerable residents through measures which demonstrate long-term social, environmental or economic improvements Stimulate sustainable places Stimulate meaningful regeneration through actions which improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity or heritage to make a lasting difference to the places we live, work and visit.  
Caithness Countryside Volunteers AGM and Work DayThumbnail for article : Caithness Countryside Volunteers AGM and Work Day
See poster for details..  
Community Partnership Meeting 13th February
The next Community Partnership meeting is at 11:00am on the 13th of February 2019 in the Pulteney Centre.   Chance to catch up with developments and ensure that the third sector voice is being heard..