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11/4/2024
Help For Families During Holidays
A joint initiative between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football Association is supporting low-income families.   Launched by the First Minister with a £2million Scottish Government investment last year, the programme provides before-school, after-school and holiday activities for around 2,700 children each week.  
6/4/2024
Scotland Apologised In 2023 For Historic Forced Adoptions - But This Happened Throughout The UkThumbnail for article : Scotland Apologised In 2023 For Historic Forced Adoptions - But This Happened Throughout The Uk
"For the decades of pain that you have suffered, I offer today a sincere and heartfelt and unreserved apology.  We were wrong." One year ago, on March 22 2023, the then first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stood up at Holyrood and said sorry for the Scottish government's role in historic forced adoptions.  
3/4/2024
Wick Town And County Hospital Garden Benefits From Community PaybackThumbnail for article : Wick Town And County Hospital Garden Benefits From Community Payback
Wick's Town and County Hospital's Garden took receipt of a replacement boat which was renovated and repaired by Wick Community Payback clients.   The boat was donated to the hospital by Community Payback Supervisor Bob Miller and repaired and re-painted in the Community Payback workshop in Wick.  
Caithness Voluntary Group Has MovedThumbnail for article : Caithness Voluntary Group Has Moved
Caithness Voluntary Group has moved to a new home.   Leaving Telford Street to go to Pulteney House.  
1/4/2024
How's Your Rural Health? - An Online Discussion 24 AprilThumbnail for article : How's Your Rural Health? - An Online Discussion 24 April
A chance to hear a discussion about rural health.   Without a doubt, one of the most important discussions we will host in 2024.  
Funding Cuts Hit Third Sector Group With Base In Wick - Sight Action Sensory Services
Efforts are being made to find help for thousands of visually-impaired users of a charity that is being wound up.   The board of Dingwall-based Sight Action Sensory Services says it is no longer viable due to funding cuts.  
Pupils Plant Trees To Improve Wick RiversideThumbnail for article : Pupils Plant Trees To Improve Wick Riverside
Recently pupils and leaders from Step Forward Wick Youth had the opportunity to help out in our local community.   Along with Wick Development Trust and The Countryside Rangers they managed to plant 300 trees along the Wick Riverside to help provide some woodland areas along the riverside, giving the local wildlife shelter and a food source too.  
25/3/2024
Fan Of Black Liquorice? Beware Of Its Dark Side − It Can Be Dangerous For Your HealthThumbnail for article : Fan Of Black Liquorice? Beware Of Its Dark Side − It Can Be Dangerous For Your Health
Black liquorice may look and taste like an innocent treat, but this candy has a dark side.  On 23 September 2020, doctors reported that black liquorice was the culprit in the death of a 54-year-old man in Massachusetts.  
20/3/2024
Support For Family Mental Health - Funding for perinatal and infant services Thumbnail for article : Support For Family Mental Health - Funding for perinatal and infant services
Charities providing support to pregnant women, new mums and their families are to share £1.5 million expand and enhance their mental health and wellbeing services.   It has been estimated that up to 20% of mums and up to 10% of dads are affected by poor mental health in the perinatal period.  
17/3/2024
The Flight Path to Conservation: St John's Pool's Journey from Field to Bird ReserveThumbnail for article : The Flight Path to Conservation: St John's Pool's Journey from Field to Bird Reserve
Paul Castle reflects on a remarkable journey and the difference conservation volunteering makes.   St John's Pool Bird Reserve began life in 1988 as a damp patch in the corner of a field at the side of St.  
10/3/2024
Deer Species of the Highlands - An overview of Scottish AntlersThumbnail for article : Deer Species of the Highlands - An overview of Scottish Antlers
Nestled within the heather covered hills and wooded glens of the Scottish Highlands, a diverse array of deer species roam.  This blog aims to illuminate you on the different types of deer inhabiting this region and uncovers which ones are truly indigenous.  
9/3/2024
Community Services Events Pop-up In Caithness
NHS Highland is to host a series of community pop-up hubs within Caithness to highlight an array of community services available from a wealth of different organisations.   Visitors will have the opportunity to find out about community and health services, such as new frailty services, with the chance to try out some simple chair-based exercises designed to help prevent falls and support wellbeing.  
4/3/2024
Funding Opportunities From Argyle and Bute Open To AllThumbnail for article : Funding Opportunities From Argyle and Bute Open To All
Argyle and Bute council publish a monthly funding newsletter.   Anyone in Scotland can sign up to get it.  
4/3/2024
New Guidance For Charities Facing Decisions About Donations
Today (Monday 4 March 2024), the Charity Commission has published new guidance to help charities when deciding whether to accept, refuse or return a donation.   Applies in England and Wales but makes sense for Scotland also.  
29/2/2024
UHI and partners sign up to Scottish LGBTI+ Rainbow Mark during LGBT History Month Thumbnail for article : UHI and partners sign up to Scottish LGBTI+ Rainbow Mark during LGBT History Month
The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and eight partners have signed up to The Scottish LGBTI+ Rainbow Mark during LGBT History Month to support inclusive social spaces across the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire.   The Scottish LGBTI+ Rainbow Mark (The Rainbow Mark) was developed with LGBTI+ people.  
29/2/2024
Keep Water Beads Away From Young ChildrenThumbnail for article : Keep Water Beads Away From Young Children
With their bright colours and squishy feel, water beads are especially appealing to young children.  When dry, water beads are tiny and can easily be swallowed without detection.  
22/2/2024
Whether Inserted, Ingested Or Implanted, Batteries Are A Matter Of Life And DeathThumbnail for article : Whether Inserted, Ingested Or Implanted, Batteries Are A Matter Of Life And Death
If you've heard about the case of the Australian man who needed emergency removal of the three "button" batteries he'd inserted into his urethra, then it's likely your eyes will still be watering.  According to the case report, ten days later, he required follow-up surgery for penile tissue necrosis caused by the battery burns.  
18/2/2024
Rediscovering Lazy BedsThumbnail for article : Rediscovering Lazy Beds
Imogen Furlong, the High Life Highland Countryside Ranger Manager, explores a historical perspective on climate resilience.   In the Scottish Highlands, a quiet but profound testament to historical ingenuity and resilience lies in the form of lazy beds.  
18/2/2024
Expecting A Baby - FREE PeeP Antenatal Course With HomeStart CaithnessThumbnail for article : Expecting A Baby  - FREE PeeP Antenatal Course With HomeStart Caithness
Our next Antenatal PeeP course begins soon.   If you are expecting a baby in APRIL, MAY or JUNE 2024 give us a message now.  
15/2/2024
Free Bus To Inverness By Pulteneytown Peoples ProjectThumbnail for article : Free Bus To Inverness By Pulteneytown Peoples Project
BUS TRIPS TO INVERNESS 🚍 We are going to be running some bus trips to Inverness - free of charge to the public.   24th February 2024 9th March 2024 16th March 2024 30th March 2024 Whatever your plans are! Fancy a day shopping? Wanting a bingo trip? Take the kids & enjoy a day at soft play and the trampoline park! We can get you there! Drop off & pick up location in Inverness is to be confirmed.