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Funding to improve safety for pupils walking and cycling to school
Both Canisbay Primary in Caithness and Edderton Primary in Sutherland have been awarded funding to improve safety for pupils walking and cycling to and from school.  The Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) Programme is funded by the Scottish Government with £237,000 available in Highland.  
National campaign calls for support from Highland to listen to kids in care
The Highland Council has joined a national campaign to give a stronger voice to children and young people in care and leaving care by tackling discrimination head on.   Six looked after children from the Highlands, aged 14-17, signed up to the campaign at the National Young Persons Conference in Edinburgh today (Tuesday).  
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On the 25th May local adventurers will climb the UK’s biggest mountain in a challenge to raise money for local charities.   Annie Hall from Bettyhill is a Reablement officer with NHS and works part time in North Coast Leisure Centre where she works as a Pool Lifeguards & Swimming Teacher.  
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Highland Magician with strong links to Caithness, Clive Grewcock is proving to be a talking point and creating a stir amongst private parties and more notably at pre-wedding gatherings.   “At first it all sounds really crazy but from experience and the interest this aspect of performance Magic is attracting groups, and in particular bridal parties before the big day want this mystery magic which combines mental magic, mind reading and uncovering old stories ” The immediate conclusion is that it is paranormal stories but Clive points out that there is most definitely nothing supernatural about this, which is why it has been labelled as mystery magic.  
Highland Council takes zero tolerance stance on littering
A zero tolerance approach to littering in the Highlands has received cross party support from members of The Highland Council’s Transport, Environmental and Community (TEC) Services Committee.   A number of measures to adopt zero tolerance including extending the powers of Community Wardens to issue fines were overwhelmingly approved by members including: zero tolerance on littering will be carried out with a degree of discretion; additional staff will be authorised to enforce the law relating to litter and fly-tipping; Waste Management and Environmental Health staff carry out joint enforcement days; the preparation and publication of a calendar of enforcement days on the Council’s website; and the Council encourages and supports local communities to organise events aimed at keeping their communities free of litter and improving the overall environment.  
Joe Mbu - The Running Man - First African To Run From Landsend to John O'GroatsThumbnail for article : Joe Mbu - The Running Man - First African To Run From Landsend to John O'Groats
Joe is running from Landsend to John O'Groats in 50 days to raise money for a hospital in Nigeria.  He has been going it alone with no back-up team and getting people to put him up along the way.  
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Scottish schools will be providing more food education for pupils thanks to a £1 million fund launched by Scottish government..   Supporting the aims of Curriculum for Excellence, the Food for Thought Education Fund will help pupils learn about all aspects of food.  
Gaelic Classes take off in Caithness
A series of new Gaelic classes have taken off in Caithness and attendances are much higher than expected.   The new purpose made course for beginners and intermediate learners of the language in the county has been well supported in Wick since it started in the Pulteney Centre at the end of March with 19 registered attendees.  
HLF’s new First World War grant programme opens
Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is launching First World War: then and now, a £6million small grants programme to help communities mark the Centenary of the First World War.   HLF is making at least £1million available per year for six years until 2019.  
A Healthy Start
Free vitamin supplements for children, pregnant women and new mothers on low incomes will now be more widely available to encourage greater uptake.   The Healthy Start scheme provides vitamin supplements to low income families, in addition to vouchers towards the cost of milk, fruit and vegetables.  
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A young voter registration form that will give young people the right to have their say on the opportunity of independence for Scotland has been endorsed after independent testing, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed.   The Young Voter Registration form was developed by the Scottish Government to enable eligible 15-year-olds to register for the forthcoming vote on independence, as part of the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.  
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Message Received at About Joe Mbu who is walking and running for a special charity in Nigeria.   "He has been running since Good Friday 29th March and as he has insisted on doing this without a support team, I am sad he could finish this alone - so...  
Self-Directed Support Consultation Roadshow
The Scottish Government has just launched a 12 week consultation on the Statutory Guidance and Regulations which will accompany the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.  The document contains draft statutory guidance on the values, principles, legal duties and powers associated with social care assessment, support planning and review.  
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“Inaugural Meeting of the Great Guild of Museologists” Museums at Night is Culture24's UK-wide festival of inspiring after hours cultural events in Museums and Galleries.  It runs from Thursday 16th May until Saturday 18th May 2013.  
Highland marks Foster Care Fortnight with plea for carers
The Highland Council is hoping to recruit more foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight, which this year is entitled “Get in the Frame”.  It runs from today (Monday 13 May) until Sunday 26 May.  
Wick's Old Council Offices Begin To Come Down - VideoThumbnail for article : Wick's Old Council Offices Begin To Come Down - Video
Work got under way on Friday 10th May 2013 on the demolition of The Highland Council’s Caithness HQ at Market Place, Wick in readiness for an £8 million redevelopment of the town centre site as modern Council office accommodation.   The Council has awarded a contract to Morgan Sindall to carry out the redevelopment of Market Place.  
Home Visiting Volunteers – Home-Start CaithnessThumbnail for article : Home Visiting Volunteers – Home-Start Caithness
Are you a parent? Could you be a good role model for parents who are struggling with their young children? Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare? If so, we would love to hear from you! What’s in it for you?...  * Training & Development.  
MP Encourages Local Schools To Get Involved In Commonwealth Games
Game On Scotland great opportunity for Far North schools to get involved in Glasgow 2014.   Local MP John Thurso is encouraging local schools to get involved in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by signing up for the educational opportunities available through the Game On Scotland educational programme.  
Help NHS Highland Stop Waste On Precribed Medicines
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.  
New Thurso Patient Participation Group Has Big Turnout
A new group is in the process of being set up for the Riverbank Medical Practice in Thurso and held their first meeting on the 8th of May 2013.  It was arranged following a successful open day which was held on 26th March.