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24/3/2021
Helping communities recover from the pandemic
A report that calls for tackling poverty and inequality to be central to the recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been welcomed by the Scottish Government.   Today's initial response to the Social Renewal Advisory Board’s report ‘If not now, when?’ outlines work already underway in areas such as housing, fair work, supporting parents and young people into employment, and investing in our communities.  
20/3/2021
Community Group Takes Ownership Of Dunnet ForestThumbnail for article : Community Group Takes Ownership Of Dunnet Forest
A local trust in Caithness will be taking forward ambitious ideas for Dunnet Forest, after becoming owners of the popular woodland on 25 February.   The Dunnet Forestry Trust took ownership of the 105 hectare forest following completion of a community asset transfer agreement with NatureScot.  
18/3/2021
Visually impaired young people in Highland find their voiceThumbnail for article : Visually impaired young people in Highland find their voice
A group of visually impaired young people in Highland are reaching out to other young people with sight loss to come together and speak out about their lives and experiences.   Supported by Highland Children and Young People's Forum, and under the umbrella of their youth participation project Inspire Highland, this group will provide a vital opportunity for young people with a visual impairment to share experiences, learn from each other and campaign on key issues affecting their lives.  
4/3/2021
High Life Highland Libraries support World Book Day 4th MarchThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Libraries support World Book Day 4th March
High Life Highland Libraries are once again supporting World Book day albeit online this year.   World Book day has a mission to promote reading for pleasure and changes lives through a love of books and shared reading.  
Funding Opportunities from Caithness FundsThumbnail for article : Funding Opportunities from Caithness Funds
There have been a growing number of funds available to groups in Caithness in recent years with more to come as more wind farms come on stream.   The problem for anyone looking for funding is where to start.  
3/3/2021
Community Groups Benefit From Caithness And North Sutherland Fund GrantsThumbnail for article : Community Groups Benefit From Caithness And North Sutherland Fund Grants
The CNSFund has committed over £79k to community groups in Caithness & North Sutherland in its recent grant rounds.  Funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, a wide range of community-led projects throughout the Dounreay travel to work area are to benefit from the grant support.  
New Chair and Vice Chair for Highland Youth Parliament
The Highland Youth Parliament (HYP) has voted in a new Chair, Innes Morgan from Thurso and Vice Chair, Isaac Beckley from Glenurquhart, near Inverness.   The Highland Youth Parliament is the elected parliament for young people in the Highlands with over 100 elected members via schools and youth forums across the area.  
21/2/2021
Caithness International Science Festival 2021 Reaches Out DigitallyThumbnail for article : Caithness International Science Festival 2021 Reaches Out Digitally
The Caithness International Science Festival has gone digital for 2021.   Monday 1st March to Wednesday 31st March.  
20/2/2021
Dounreay Communities Fund Closing Dates For Applications 2021
Community organisations or charities that benefit people in Caithness and North Sutherland may be eligible for assistance from the Dounreay Communities Fund.   For full details go HERE How to apply to the Dounreay Communities Fund Closing dates for submitting applications Application review dates 10 March 2021 31 March 2020 7 April 2021 28 April 2021 30 June 2021 21 July 2021 29 September 2021 20 October 2021 30 December 2021 26 January 2022.  
15/2/2021
The Highland Council Featured In Inspiring Stories Collection By Education ScotlandThumbnail for article : The Highland Council Featured In Inspiring Stories Collection By Education Scotland
Six submissions from The Highland Council were successful in being featured in Education Scotland's What Scotland Learned 100 stories of lockdown publication.   The submissions include Lundavra Nursery, Speech and Language Therapy, Early Years Education Support, Badcaul and Scoraig Primaries, Wick High School, and on behalf of Comunn na Gàidhlig.  
8/2/2021
Video: Updates To The Disclosure (scotland) Act 2020Thumbnail for article : Video: Updates To The Disclosure (scotland) Act 2020
In this recording from a recent webinar, OSCR staff and Duncan Steele from Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services discuss changes to the law around disclosure checks for volunteers.   Find links to useful information HERE .  
8/2/2021
EU Nationals And Brexit - Your Trustees, Your Members, Your Staff, Your Volunteers, Your Beneficiaries And Your Communities.Thumbnail for article : EU Nationals And Brexit - Your Trustees, Your Members, Your Staff, Your Volunteers, Your Beneficiaries And Your Communities.
The residential status of EU citizens One of the areas with the most certainty is the residential rights of EU citizens.  Any EU national currently living in Scotland can apply to the UK Government for settled status.  
8/2/2021
OSCR - Keeping Your Charity Safe Online - PhishingThumbnail for article : OSCR - Keeping Your Charity Safe Online - Phishing
OSCR staff, Alison Stone from SCVO and Kirstie Steele from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre host this practical and informative session about learning how to spot a phishing attack..  
8/2/2021
Reserves - Can They Help Support You During The Pandemic?Thumbnail for article : Reserves - Can They Help Support You During The Pandemic?
If you are a charity trustee, you might be involved in discussions about possibly using reserves to support the work of the charity at this tricky time.   OSCR updated the 'reserves' part of their COVID-19 guidance to support your thinking in this area.  
2/2/2021
Fresh start and new name for award-winning Highland charity
This week will see the relaunch with a new name of an award winning charity which aims to be the "go-to" organisation for improving the lives of families in Highland.   Thriving Families is the new name for the charity formerly known as CHIP+, which was established in 1993 to provide information, advice and support to families with children with additional support needs, and the professionals who work with them.  
1/2/2021
Free Resources - Lots Of Links For CharitiesThumbnail for article : Free Resources - Lots Of Links For Charities
The Charity Excellence Framework (CEF) has 1000s of free resources.  It displays the relevant ones in each questionnaire statement, as you score these.  
1/2/2021
Check Out The New Funders On Funder FindersThumbnail for article : Check Out The New Funders On Funder Finders
Latest New Funders from Charity Excellence Framework - this week's new funders are available; 19, including core funders (now 120) and new funder lists.   Use 'Recent Additions' to find all this month's entries; 74.  
1/2/2021
How To Save Money For CharitiesThumbnail for article : How To Save Money For Charities
How To Save Money - cost cutting can be a race to the bottom and often is, but there are lots of ways to reduce expenditure without cutting activities you need.   Toolkit 5 gives you 20+ ways to save money and make your charity more effective.  
28/1/2021
Public Invited To Have Their Say On Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal And Conservation Area Management PlanThumbnail for article : Public Invited To Have Their Say On Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal And Conservation Area Management Plan
Members of the public are invited to view and comment upon the recently created draft Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal and Conservation Area Management Plan.   Pulteneytown remains a unique area of considerable architectural and historic interest.