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News Archive


30/3/2020
Free hospital TV for patients
Charges covered for three months.   Patients in six hospitals across Scotland are to receive free bedside television for the next three months.  
30/3/2020
National volunteering plan for coronavirus
Campaign launched for those able to give support.   A new ‘Scotland Cares' campaign has been launched to encourage people to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
29/3/2020
A New Book Of Maritime Pics In CaithnessThumbnail for article : A New Book Of Maritime Pics In Caithness
As a follow up to the 2020 Caithness Maritime Calendar, MaritimePics is pleased to announce a hardback A4 size book "MaritimePics Caithness".   Containing full colour photographs of 76 vessels taken in Caithness, including Ferries, Cargo Ships, Support Ships, RNLB, Fishing Boats & local boats Annie Rose, Beeny, Cheryl Ann, Eun Na Mara, Karen Jane, Kestrel, Ma Rona, Sea Menace, Seagem II & Tenacity Available from April 2020 priced at £16.99.  
28/3/2020
Highland Council helpline now up and runningThumbnail for article : Highland Council helpline now up and running
The Highland Council has launched a free helpline to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support during Covid19.   The single line number - 0300 303 1362 - will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.  
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.  
27/3/2020
Public urged to keep eyes and ears open for children at risk during COVID-19
With the closure of schools and nurseries during the COVID-19 crisis, a national child protection group is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time.   Child Protection Committees Scotland, a national grouping of child protection professionals, supports all efforts by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the third sector to keep children safe from harm during the enforced break in normal routine.  
27/3/2020
Caithness FM will be broadcasting 7pm to 10pm daily from Monday 30th March
Caithness FM has been off air for a few days but will be back starting Monday.   Groups who are working to help our community please let us know what you are doing, what help you need or any other message you would like the public to hear.  
27/3/2020
All Highland Council play parks closed
Signs are going up at Highland Council play parks to reinforce the message that they are all closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and will remain closed until further notice.   The Highland-wide closures are for health and safety reasons and are in line with the latest national guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus.  
27/3/2020
Fearless.org urges young people to speak up about doorstep crime during COVID-19 crisis
Fearless - the youth service of independent charity Crimestoppers - is urging young people to learn the Fearless five tips to prevent doorstep crime and share them with those who may be more isolated and vulnerable at this time.   1 - THINK Are you expecting a caller? 2 - SECURE Use your spyhole/keychain or check from a window before answering.  
26/3/2020
Highland Third Sector Covid 19 Web Site
HTSI web site specifically to deal with Third Sector issues related to COVID-19 in Highland.   https://www.covidhelp4highland.org/ You will see plenty of useful information all in one place.  
25/3/2020
Charities and Coronavirus: An update from the regulator In Scotland - OSCR
How to contact and send information to the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) Like many other organisations, the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is operating with fewer resources due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   All of our staff are working remotely and we no longer have staff immediately answering telephone calls.  
25/3/2020
Virtual Roundtable: Impact of COVID-19 on the charities sector Registration, Thu 26 MarThumbnail for article : Virtual Roundtable: Impact of COVID-19 on the charities sector Registration, Thu 26 Mar
For COVID-19 and charities - what do you need to know? An Online Session.  - One hour 12.30 - 1.30pm The aim of this session is to provide an overview of the most pressing employment law and governance issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis, together with pragmatic dialogue on best practice.  
24/3/2020
Third Sector Resilience Fund
The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) was announced on 18 March 2020 by Communities Minister Aileen Campbell as part of a £350m support package for the sector as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic.   The Third Sector Resilience Fund will support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income or that are unable to deliver their services during this difficult period.  
23/3/2020
Highland Council New Helplines to be launched tomorrow
The Highland Council is preparing to launch dedicated Freephone helplines from tomorrow.   One will focus on providing advice and support for people who want to know how they can volunteer and for anyone needing assistance and help.  
20/3/2020
Ibuprofen use and Coronavirus (COVID-19)Thumbnail for article : Ibuprofen use and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.   There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.  
Hearing and Sight Care - closing of centres in Thurso and Wick
In light of the recent advice from NHS Highland in relation to the Coronavirus we have decided to close both of our drop-in centres in Wick and Thurso.  This is an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus and keep our service users and staff safe and well.  
20/3/2020
CAB VOWS TO HELP PEOPLE THROUGH CORONAVIRUS
Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau has announced it will be available by telephone and email offering its services to local people to help them through the Coronavirus period.  Isobel Mackay CAB Manager Caithness said today,"We understand that local people are concerned about the health impacts of this virus and will also need advice about other aspects of their lives, including their jobs, rent and social security payments.  So we are determined to remain available and ready to offer people all the help we can.  
19/3/2020
Wick High School Ready To Learn Digitally During Corona Virus EmergencyThumbnail for article : Wick High School Ready To Learn Digitally During Corona Virus Emergency
As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis unfolds, we will post information for parents and pupils here.  Please check daily for updates or subscribe to our website's news service by clicking on the ‘Follow Wick High School' option on the Wick High page.  
19/3/2020
Scottish Government Advice for unpaid carers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone providing regular support to a vulnerable friend or relative will want to do what they can to protect their own health and the health of those they look after during the coronavirus outbreak.   Like everyone, unpaid carers (including young carers) and people being cared for should familiarise themselves with the public health advice on how to protect themselves from infection.  
19/3/2020
Highlife Highland To Close All Archive Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres, Museums And Swimming PoolsThumbnail for article : Highlife Highland To Close All Archive Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres, Museums And Swimming Pools
HIGH LIFE HIGHLAND FOCUSING ON SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES.   High Life Highland today confirmed that the Charity has reached the difficult decision to close all archive centres, libraries, leisure centres, museums and swimming pools across the Highlands in line with both Scottish Government and UK Government's advice to minimise social contact.