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Become a Volunteer with Home-Start Caithness and help local familiesThumbnail for article : Become a Volunteer with Home-Start Caithness and help local families
Come on the next Volunteer Preparation Course.   Wednesdays - 10am - 2.30pm May 22nd, 29th and June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.  
The Rev. Deacon Jacques Cooke - ObituaryThumbnail for article : The Rev. Deacon Jacques Cooke - Obituary
The Reverend Deacon Jacques Cooke born 16 December 1924, Roubaix, Northern France: died 25th March 2019, Inverness.   James Cooke was the second of five children born to British father (John) and a Belgian mother (Marie-Louise nee Hollebecq), who met on the evening of the 11th November 1918 and married in June 1921.  
Caithness Community Planning Partnership - Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Caithness Community Planning Partnership Will take place on Wednesday 17th of April 2019 The Pentland Hotel, Thurso.  11:00am - 1:00pm.  
John O'Groats Mill Trust Receives £348,064Thumbnail for article : John O'Groats Mill Trust Receives £348,064
OVER £500,000 FOR FOUR COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP PROJECTS.   A sports hall in Easterhouse, a disused mill in John O'Groats, an area of amenity land in Strathpeffer and a stretch of foreshore on the Isle of Skye will soon be in the hands of local people as four community groups receive financial support from the Scottish Land Fund.    Announcement of the grants was made by Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham.  
Would You Like To Help Out At Mary Anns CottageThumbnail for article : Would You Like To Help Out At Mary Anns Cottage
We are almost at the start of our new season at Mary Anne's Cottage in Dunnet.   Recruiting volunteers has become increasingly difficult these last few years, and with the 1st May looming we are realising that we will possibly be struggling this season with who we have; two of our regulars have opted to become ‘standby', meaning they are only able to help on an emergency basis.  
Trustee recruitment and succession planningThumbnail for article : Trustee recruitment and succession planning
Trustee recruitment can be a challenge for some charities, but is a vital exercise that all charities must undertake at some point in their lifetime.   In their latest video, OSCR Head of Engagement Jude Turbyne talks about the best practices when recruiting a new charity trustee and provides some further sources of help and advice.  
Is Your Charity Ready For Brexit?
Preparing for Brexit.   It is currently planned that the United Kingdom will soon leave the European Union (EU).  
Up to £1,000 available to charities to help defend against cyber attacks
A cyber fund is available to help charities and small and medium-sized businesses protect against the most common forms of internet-borne cyber attacks.   Charities that are eligible can apply for up to £1,000, which will support them to achieve the National Cyber Security Centre's Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.  
Goodbye Paper Applications - Hello Digital - Apply online to become a charityThumbnail for article : Goodbye Paper Applications - Hello Digital - Apply online to become a charity
On 05 March 2019, the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) launched its online application to become a charity.   OSCR has had lots of applicants using the service since then and they would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback so far.  
5 Excuses for Not Having Young Trustees
Research shows that many charities have something in common - they don't have trustees under 27.   In her guest blog on the OSCR site, Cordelia Sampson - Chair of Trustees at Edinburgh Students' Charities Appeal, talks about why charities don't have young trustees.  
Reducing Risk Of Infection From Animal Contact And Farm VisitsThumbnail for article : Reducing Risk Of Infection From Animal Contact And Farm Visits
As we come into spring-time and lambing season, visiting a farm is an enjoyable and educational experience for many people, particularly children.  However, visiting a farm or animal petting centre carries a small risk of catching infection from animals or the environment.  
Caithness Model Club Show 2019Thumbnail for article : Caithness Model Club Show 2019
Another highly successful show for 2019 from the Caithness Model club with plenty of people turning out to see the amazing collections of model cars trucks planes and more.   Check out a few photos from the show by clicking the link above to the Photo Gallery.  
Scots Are Unaware That Mouth Cancer Screening Should Be RoutineThumbnail for article : Scots Are Unaware That Mouth Cancer Screening Should Be Routine
Scots Are Unaware That Mouth Cancer Screening Should Be Routine.   Sixty Seconds Could Save Your Life! HNCF calls for Brits to ‘Get Mouthy About Cancer'.  
Berry Up at EastertimeThumbnail for article : Berry Up at Eastertime
Easter is a time to enjoy the festivities including family meals and chocolate egg hunts.   However, it is also rather easy for sugar intakes to skyrocket during this fun time.  
NHS Scotland urged to remove restriction on non-dairy milkThumbnail for article : NHS Scotland urged to remove restriction on non-dairy milk
NHS Scotland has been urged to be inclusive of vegans through its Best Start voucher scheme by allowing vouchers to be spent on non-dairy milk and to ensure the vitamin D in any supplements being offered is vegan-friendly.   The Vegan Society has written a formal letter to NHS Scotland about its scheme - to be launched this summer - that allows some pregnant women and parents of young children to claim free vouchers to spend on milk, fruit and vegetables.  
Neonatal Expenses Fund - Present SituationThumbnail for article : Neonatal Expenses Fund - Present Situation
An in-year ‘temperature check' of the first four months of the Neonatal Expenses fund, allowing Ministers and Boards to see how well the early stages of the scheme is functioning and to make any urgent changes.   In-year Evaluation of Neonatal Expenses Fund: Improving Health and Wellbeing Introduction The Neonatal Expenses Fund (NEF) was launched on 1st April 2018 and is designed to help parents of premature and sick newborn babies to offset the cost of travelling to and from hospital during the early days of their baby's life and the subsistence required to allow them to spend time with their baby in order to bond as a family during these early days.  
Have you played ‘Bin Chess'? 95% have no idea of their bin collection datesThumbnail for article : Have you played ‘Bin Chess'? 95% have no idea of their bin collection dates
Everyday life can be hectic and small details often get missed - but a staggering 95% of households have ‘no idea' which of their rubbish bins are due to be collected each week, waste disposal experts have found.   The survey conducted by, which polled 1,400 households, showed that the vast majority of households could not remember which of their bins was due to be collected that week - and an entertaining number of respondents admitted to resorting to ‘Bin Chess' to find out.  
Fun At Lyth For Easter School HolidaysThumbnail for article : Fun At Lyth For  Easter School Holidays
See poster for details..  
Dunnet Beach Clean - Can You Spare an HourThumbnail for article : Dunnet Beach Clean - Can You Spare an Hour
See poster for details..  
Cancer Support Group for Men - Meetings for 2019Thumbnail for article : Cancer Support Group for Men - Meetings for 2019
The group meets monthly and is for men who have you been affected by cancer, either as a patient or in support of someone else? Why not pop along to the meeting for a chat, or simply listen to the issues that affect men living with cancer.   The purpose of the meetings is to learn from each other in order to improve our physical, emotional and/or financial well-being.