One of Scotlandís largest third sector funders is looking for up to 15 organisations with the vision and desire to become Better By Design.The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is offering the chance to receive free, intensive, expert and bespoke support to those that want to undergo a service redesign. BIG is working with Taylor Haig and the Young Foundation, experts in innovation, change and service design, to find up to 15 high potential organisations that are ready for the challenge and can see the potential through design, thinking to put users at the centre of their services, improve outcomes and make their organisations more innovative.
Community groups are reminded that the deadline for submitting an expression of interest into the second round of The Highland Councilís Community Challenge Fund is 1 May. 35 groups submitted expressions of interest following the first round of bids on 1 February and six were selected to progress bids for a share of the £1 million set aside by the Council for community projects exploring new ways of delivering services at a local level.
Three areas in the Highlands are to pilot an initiative by The Highland Council to bring empty properties back into affordable housing use. The Councilís Housing and Property Service is to initially target the Black Isle, Inverness Central and Nairn, as pilots which together provide a mix of rural and urban locations.
The rebuilding of Wick Council Offices has begun with safety fencing going up all round. It wil be almost 18 months before staff move back to the new offices having left in January 2013 to relocate temporarily to Girnigoe street.
The Highland Council Ranger programme of events in Caithness kicked off with a family Treasure Hunt at Geise, near Glengolly on Easter Sunday. More than 100 people turned up to take part in the treasure hunt and to enjoy the lovely walking trails at Geise.
A treasure hunt for the children, tea coffee and cake in the sunshine made for a relaxing afternoon at Thrusmter House. The Daffodils were in short supply as the cold weather of the past few weeks has held everything back.
The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up. Making sure that children and young people are able to take up their right to play is an important part of this.
Caithness Landward Population - 11355 Landward Caithness is one of our more sparsely populated Wards. The population grew by 5.2% between 2005 and 2010, perhaps linked to decline in Thurso and Wick as evidence from house sales suggest a drift out of the towns and into the surrounding rural areas.
One of the few land based oil wells began production near Lybster, Caithness, Scotland. The well is operated and owned by Caithness Petroleum.
NEW OUTREACH SERVICE FOR BLIND VETERANS LAUNCHED IN ARGYLL AND BUTE AND HIGHLANDS. A new outreach service to support blind and visually impaired veterans has been launched covering Argyll and Bute as well as the Highlands and Islands.
Ainya Taylor from Inverness took up the role of Highland Youth Convener on Monday. The full time role, based at the High Life Highland office in Ardross Street in Inverness is a bursary position running until September 2014.
What is the Community Challenge Fund about? The Council has agreed to work with Community Councils and other community organisations to encourage community empowerment, by introducing a community challenge fund of £1m of recurring expenditure to support community projects which explore new ways of delivering services at a local level. The prime objective of the fund is to help deliver the Councilís Programme (pdf).
HEAD FOR THE PUDDING NIGHT TO EAT ALL THE PUDDINGS YOU CAN ON 26TH APRIL To raise money for Belize 2013 conservation and community work trip for 10 students. The silent auction/pudding night will take place on Friday the 26th of April from 7 - 9pm in the main hall.
With figures showing there are now over 600 cases of measles confirmed in Wales, NHS Highland is taking the opportunity to remind parents about the MMR vaccine which is available for children at 12 months and a second dose at approximately three years and four months. So far this year there have been six confirmed cases of measles across Scotland, none in Highland but, with travel, especially over the Easter holidays, it only needs one person to return home with measles for it to spread.
NHS Highland will this week (09 April) launch a Medicines Waste campaign in a bid to reduce the amount of medicine that is being wasted across the area. Medicines waste is a big issue with up to half of medicines not being taken as prescribed and there is an estimated £3m a year spent in Highland on medicines that end up not being used.
The last photos we took of the Wag of Forse was in September 2005 so on a bright sunny day yesterday we took a hike up the hill at Forse to see the ancient structures once again. Forse Wag dated 1st millennium B.C.early first millennium A.D.
Police looking to trace driver of vehicle Police are looking to trace the driver of a dark grey / blue coloured hatchback vehicle, following an incident which occurred on Provost Sinclair Drive, Thurso around 12.30 pm on Wednesday 10th April. The vehicle was described as having roof racks on either side and was being driven by a male who was approximately 40 years old, medium build with a bald head.
Highland Councillors have agreed to adopt a ďsympathetic Ē policy for those Council house tenants affected by the new Bedroom Tax, who unavoidably fall into rent arrears through the loss of housing benefit for under-occupying their homes. It is estimated that 2,200 Highland Council tenants (16%) are affected by the introduction of the Social Rented Sector Size Criteria Restriction (Bedroom Tax), which sees people who are under-occupying by one bedroom having their benefit reduced by 14% and those under-occupying by more than one room having their benefit reduced by 25%.
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division along with partners in the National Wildlife Crime Unit acknowledge the sentence given to Keith Liddell today in what was possibly the largest wildlife crime case in Scotland involving the illegal possession and trading of rare birds' eggs. The intelligence led operation, which saw the home of Liddell being searched under warrant on 24 June 2009, saw more than 2,300 eggs seized, most of which were concealed behind a false bookcase.
TEC Services Enforcement Officers, supported by the dog warden/pest control officers for Caithness and Sutherland will be out and about in the Caithness area from today (Monday 8 April 2013) undertaking patrols in known problem areas to deter and catch irresponsible dog owners and litter louts that risk harm to our communities and countryside through dog fouling, littering and fly tipping. Anyone caught not clearing up after their dog or who is observed to drop litter or fly-tip waste will be issued with a fixed penalty notice.