Barbara Watson Candidate in Landward Caithness Bi-election
30th April 2013
Bi-election 2nd May
Letter from Barbara Watson
I am standing for Landward Caithness because I believe in building vibrant rural communities with employment and opportunities for young folk and appropriate services for older people. I would work to ensure support for local community groups and SMEs and promote diversification in land-based enterprise. I think it is important to keep local schools open where possible so that children may be educated in their own communities and because a school may serve as a focus for events and activities.
Older people often become isolated and have difficulty in accessing the care they require. I would push to develop integrated and focused community care which would reach out to individuals to ensure their quality of life in their familiar surroundings. I would work towards the provision of transport to enable them to attend health centres, collect prescriptions, shop and join in leisure activities.
After attending Golspie High School I trained as a Maths teacher, worked away until 1999 when I returned to become Manager of the Red Cross in Caithness and Sutherland, supporting Red Cross groups in Thurso, Wick and Brora.
In 2003 I became Manager of Lairg Learning Centre and Co-ordinator of Adult Basic Education for Sutherland. I took time off to study Forestry at Aberdeen so have knowledge of land management issues.
I am a Director of East Sutherland Community Care Forum. I am committed to improving life chances in our rural communities and as your Councillor would work with you to safeguard your interests and promote your aspirations.