Caithness Voluntary Group Annual General Meeting. Tuesday 12 December 2017.
The announcement from COSLA that 1% of local authority spending is to be allocated through some kind of Participatory Budgeting process heralds a step change in terms of the scale of ambition for this method of allocating public funds - 1% equates to roughly £100m. To date, it's probably fair to say that most activity has centred on the allocation of relatively small pots of funding to local projects.
Caithness to the Côte D'Azur When the Monte Carlo Rally Started from John O'Groats Limited Edition of 300 numbered copies What the press have said: Classic & Sportscar : "a superb account" The Automobile : "packed with entertaining stories" The Herald : "perhaps the definitive guide to the Rally" Octane: "packed with pictures & anecdotes" Classic Car Weekly : “a fascinating insight” ‘Many excellent books have been written about the Monte Carlo Rally but despite the fact that the first British winner started the rally from Caithness in 1926, the Scottish connection during the pre war years has been largely overlooked. This may be due to the lack of an overall winner from among the John O'Groats starters in subsequent years because of the complex scoring system which made it virtually impossible for them to achieve outright victory.
A crofting and farming exhibition is now on at Casteltown Heritage Centre. Check poster for opening times..
MSP praises campaign group for award. The honorary vice-president of Friends of the Far North line has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament praising the campaign group for winning a top award.
Give blood at Wick Assembly Rooms. !5 Novermber 2017.
Some photos from a walk around central Thurso. For many more photos in Thurso see https://www.caithness.org/atoz/thurso/index.htm.
Book to make sure of your seat..
The Sustainable Development Fund is in addition to our local community funds and supports strategic projects in the regions where SSE is operating. It allows the benefits of our renewable energy developments to be accessible to a wider area and is directed to projects that can achieve significant impact in local communities.
Caithness Members of The Highland Council have set aside £15,000.00 from their Ward Discretionary Budgets to let the local community once again decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. Whether you want to organise a dance for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention idea, a lunch club for older residents, a community art project, the only limit is your imagination.
Family Nurse Partnership to be extended. The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) will be expanded significantly so that eligible mothers in all parts of the country can benefit from the programme by the end of next year.
Up until now CHAT - Caithness Health Action Team has not used Twitter directly for the campaigns over maternity and threats to bed numbers and hospitals in Caithness. Everyone with a Twitter account can help spread the messages.
People across Scotland will now have a say in how £100 million of council funds will be used in their communities. Council leaders have agreed that at least 1% of local government budgets will be subject to participatory budgeting by the end of 2021, giving communities more influence than ever to make decisions on how funding is spent in their localities.
A mental health campaign started by a Highland resident has attracted widespread public support within only a week of starting. Emma Roddick, who lives in the city, started a petition last week calling for NHS24 to add a mental health option to its telephone menu and has already attracted almost 2,500 signatures.
Significant activity is underway to transform Scotland's healthcare system, but a number of crucial building blocks still need to be put in place. Audit Scotland's annual review of the NHS says staff are committed and overall patient satisfaction is high.
98.1% of respondents consider the area within 15 minutes' walk of their home to be ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ safe compared to 96.7% the previous year. In comparison, 86% of the younger age group felt safe.
Bill ‘Wing' Munro the Coxswain for the RNLI Thurso lifeboat will retire on Thursday 26th October having served at the station for almost 48 years. Wing Munro, 65, has served on the crew of the Thurso lifeboat for 47 years, 9 months and as full-time Coxswain for just under 16 years.
A candlelit vigil in support of the hospital and staff is to be held on Thursday 26th October 2017 at the hospital - bring candles or torches. Starts at 6.30pm and will not last long.
Do you have an idea that will make Caithness a better place for everyone? Do you need up to £1,500.00 to put your idea into action? If your answer is YES then ‘YOUR CASH YOUR CAITHNESS' is the opportunity for you to make your project happen. Deadline for applications is Sunday 3rd December 2017.
Befriending Caithness is a free service which is being offered to older people in the area who are feeling isolated or lonely. We accept referrals from health professionals, voluntary organisations, families, friends and also self referrals.