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Highland Council Community Play Award 2019Thumbnail for article : Highland Council Community Play Award 2019
The Highland Council, in association with Play Highland, are offering an award of £1000 to the group, organisation or community that has done the most to promote benefits of play for children this year.   The annual award is presented by the Council's Play Improvement Group, which works to promote self-directed free play with daily access to the outdoors.  
Upgraded PlayTalkRead roadshow fleetThumbnail for article : Upgraded PlayTalkRead roadshow fleet
Roadshow visitors increase 31% in the last year.   More families across Scotland will receive support following the expansion and upgrade of the PlayTalkRead roadshow fleet.  
New Hospital At Aviemore Finally Goes To Planning Stage But How Long Will Caithness Redesign Take?
With respect to the new hospital at Aviemore Dr Boyd Peters said "We have been on this journey since 2012 and the land purchase is a significant step towards securing much needed modern healthcare facilities for the population of Badenoch and Strathspey" After seven years it finally reaches the planning stage so that must mean yet another two or even three years until its on the ground and working.   In Caithness redesign of health services has been going on and on for several years and recently we have the early stages of a "hub" idea being promoted.  
- The national charity Humanist Society Scotland are recruiting people for celebrant training in Caithness.   - The Humanist body is looking for enthusiastic individuals, who are excellent communicators to join their team of over 130 celebrants across Scotland.  
Child smacking legislation receives wide supportThumbnail for article : Child smacking legislation receives wide support
Numerous organisations including the Law Society of Scotland have welcomed the child smacking legislation currently under consideration at Holyrood.   The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill would abolish the defence of reasonable chastisement in Scots law.  
Government help with childcare costsThumbnail for article : Government help with childcare costs
Tax-Free Childcare is a government scheme that helps working parents with childcare costs.  This includes the self-employed.  
Highland House of Memories LaunchThumbnail for article : Highland House of Memories Launch
Highland House of Memories Launch and Civic Reception Tuesday 26th February 2019, Town House Inverness.   High Life Highland and independent museums have collaborated with National Museums Liverpool to create Highland content for the pioneering ‘My House of Memories' app.  
Should Caithness Horizons Scale Back To Be Run By Volunteers Like Other GroupsThumbnail for article : Should Caithness Horizons Scale Back To Be Run By Volunteers Like Other Groups
With the announcement of the closure of Caithness Horizons is it time to reflection whether there is longer life in volunteers running these places.   The fact that grants have been a big part of the running has always put it at risk if as now grant funding is being seriously cut back as part of government austerity measures.  
A. Alfred Banks, born Kirkwall born 13 May 1931 died 26 January 2019Thumbnail for article : A. Alfred Banks, born Kirkwall born 13 May 1931 died 26 January 2019
A Alfred Banks, born Kirkwall, Orkney 13 May 1931 died St Margaret's Hope, Orkney, 26 January 2019.   Farmer and Scottish islands' short-sea shipping visionary whose son's company is naming brand-new vessel in his honour.  
Caithness Defirillator Campaign - Latest Donation £600Thumbnail for article : Caithness Defirillator Campaign - Latest Donation £600
The Caithness Defibrillator Campaign were delighted to receive another donation.   "We were delighted to visit the Pentland Housing Association Office this week where Modern Apprentice Kaitlyn Sutherland handed over a £600 cheque to our Chairman Billy Mitchell & our volunteers Bob Bell, Ron Gunn and Kay Rosie." Pentland Housing staff organised a 70s/80s disco in Thurso's Royal British Legion Club as well as staging an office dress-down day and selling home baking which raised £400, & was topped up by a £200 donation from the Pentland Housing Group Board.  
Milestones: journeying into adulthoodThumbnail for article : Milestones: journeying into adulthood
A report from the Office for National Statistics.   We used to think of getting married and having children as some of life's most important milestones.  
Walks In March 2019Thumbnail for article : Walks In March 2019
For anyone wondering what they are like: Basically we walk, stop, look, discuss the scenery and history of the things we are looking at, walk on a bit, stop for lunch, eat some homemade biscuits (these are also free), walk on again, repeat.  These are not aimed at stomping along the cliffs trying to break records and we walk as fast as the slowest (or most scenery fixated) walker.  
NHS Highland Announces New Date For Annual ReviewThumbnail for article : NHS Highland Announces New Date For Annual Review
NHS Highland's annual review has been rescheduled for Tuesday 09 April 2019.  It will be held in the Centre for Health Science, Inverness with Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, in attendance.  
MSP raises the case of Caithness twins' mother and why air ambulance wasn’t initially called
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has raised with the First Minister why the air ambulance was not initially called when a Caithness mother went into labour at 30 weeks with twins.   At First Minister's Questions today, Mrs Grant told Nicola Sturgeon the woman had bravely shared her experience of giving birth under the current maternity provisions in Caithness.  
Dunbeath Strath Walk With The RangersThumbnail for article : Dunbeath Strath Walk With The Rangers
Enjoy a gorgeous spring-time walk up the Dunbeath Strath.   Follow the river through the hazel & birch woods and up onto Cnoc na Maranaich to take in amazing views.  
Advice in Scotland 2017-18 - Increasing DemandThumbnail for article : Advice in Scotland 2017-18  - Increasing Demand
A summary of evidence gathered by the Citizens Advice network in Scotland about their work.   In total, Citizens Advice Bureaux assisted nearly 262,000 clients with almost 766,000 issues during 2017-18.  
Caithness International Science Festival 2019Thumbnail for article : Caithness International Science Festival 2019
Events - The Physics of Mountaineering Mon 4th March, Norseman Hotel Wick, 7pm.Alison McLure from the Institute of Physics talks about the science behind mountain safety and mountain rescue.  Tea and coffee and chat to Dr McLure after.  
Family Fun Night and Activities At Dunnet BeachThumbnail for article : Family Fun Night and Activities At Dunnet Beach
So what do you do as a family in the dark evenings? Well here is an unusual activity night organised by the Highland Rangers that families can enjoy together.   Join the rangers for a family event in the dark at Dunnet Bay.  
Bringing generations together - A Care Inspectorate ReportThumbnail for article : Bringing generations together - A Care Inspectorate Report
The Care Inspectorate have published a new resource full of good practice examples to give care services ideas on how to bring generations together in a variety of care settings in ways that improve the quality of their lives.  It tells real-life stories from across Scotland of how people of different age groups can develop meaningful relationships and enjoy a rich variety of experiences.  
Young Placechanger Ideas Fund - next deadline 28 Feb 2019Thumbnail for article : Young Placechanger Ideas Fund - next deadline 28 Feb 2019
The Young Placechangers Ideas Fund supports Youth Groups to engage with others in their communities to take action to improve the environmental quality, biodiversity, playability and vibrancy of neighbourhoods.   Do you want to improve your local park or greenspace? create new places to play or hang out? Clean up your street and involve others? Create an exhibition to celebrate the history of your area? Then the Ideas Fund could be for you!.