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29/6/2020
Two Wick Buildings To Finally Be Demolished and The Sites Taken Over By Wick Development TrustThumbnail for article : Two Wick Buildings To Finally Be Demolished and The Sites Taken Over By Wick Development Trust
Two prominent derelict buildings in Wick High Street are to be demolished following decades lying empty.  Numbers 30 and 126 (known locally as Dominoes (the former cinema) and Sloans are to benefit from demolition and site clearance, before ownership is returned to the local community.  
Caithness Voluntary Group Awarded £200,000
Eleven community organisations in the Highlands and Islands have been awarded a total of £1.5m to develop and deliver long-term solutions to tackle poverty based on local priorities and needs The Aspiring Communities Fund, which levers in European Social Funds, was launched by the Scottish Government in 2017 to help reduce poverty and enable inclusive growth in disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland.   Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), helped community organisations in the region to apply to this recent round of funding.  
Wick Galas Gone Past - The Big GalleryThumbnail for article : Wick Galas Gone  Past - The Big Gallery
With Rainy Lockdown Days at the moment and no galas this year and with time on our hands we have put together thousands of the Wick Gala photos from 2002 to 2019 in one huge gallery for everyone to look back.   You can scroll through all the years or go to the drop down menu at the bottom to jump to any one year.  
Charities Active In Countering The Impact Of Covid-19Thumbnail for article : Charities Active In Countering The Impact Of Covid-19
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has today published the findings of research into the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland's charities.   On 05 May 2020, OSCR emailed the principal contacts of all Scottish charities to ask for their help with completing a short survey.  
Log Sales Recommence At Dunnet ForestThumbnail for article : Log Sales Recommence At Dunnet Forest
From Dunnet Forestry Trust.   Exciting news - Log sales are back from this weekend 6th June 2020.  
10/5/2020
Old St Peter's Thurso / Scotland's HistoryThumbnail for article : Old St Peter's Thurso / Scotland's History
By Valerie Forsyth.   Old St Peter's Church in Thurso, Caithness, is one of the town's most iconic ruins.  
Caithness Help Groups ContactsThumbnail for article : Caithness Help Groups Contacts
From Caithness Voluntary Group who have coordinated the process to get the map.   Over the past 5 - 6 weeks I have been working with an absolutely tremendous group of individuals who are throughout the county working tirelessly to ensure everyone is looked after during this crises.  
Cyclist Team Thanked For Fundraising For CHATThumbnail for article : Cyclist Team Thanked For Fundraising For CHAT
Caithness Health Action Team would like to give our sincere thanks to this fantastic team who have raised a significant amount for us £1,765 .This money will be used to help our community.   They have cycled a distance of 874 miles equivalent of John o Groats to Lands end journey.  
23/4/2020
CHAT and Friends Donate 30 Tablets For Staff and Patients To Keep In ContactThumbnail for article : CHAT and Friends Donate 30 Tablets For Staff and Patients To Keep In Contact
Caithness Health Action Team along with the League of Friends for Caithness General hospital wanted to help patients and staff in our local Caithness hospitals.   We contacted NHSH and agreed that providing high quality Samsung tablets ,with protective wipe able covers would be an excellent way to help ,especially as at the moment there is currently no visiting allowed due to the pandemic.  
Second CVG Covid-19 Funding Update April 2020
RURAL community groups helping locals counter the effects of isolation as the coronavirus lockdown continues are now being offered financial support from The Prince's Countryside Fund.  The charity is inviting applications for emergency funding of up to £2500.  
Covid-19 Funding Update For Community Groups April 2020
Funding has become available for community organisations that are setting up support for vulnerable people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.   The National Emergencies Trust Fund is now open for applications.  
27/3/2020
John O'Groats Trail Spring 2020 NewsletterThumbnail for article : John O'Groats Trail Spring 2020 Newsletter
News vol 6 no 1: Spring Update 2019 was a big year for the JOGT.   Numbers on the trail were way up, and a pilot ranger programme was a success.  
18/3/2020
A group for Third Sector managers to share information and ideas in light of COVID-19
Highland Third Sector Interface have set up a new facebook page for Managers in the Sector in Highland, the link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/821385825048384/about/ I appreciate that there might be a few different pages getting set up but perhaps if you want to join this one we can keep in touch both in Caithness and with what other similar organisations in the Highlands are doing.   Alan Tait Caithness Voluntary Group.  
17/3/2020
Caithness Voluntary Group Coronavirus Message
The voluntary sector will doubtless play a huge part in supporting the vulnerable in the current crises and Caithness Voluntary Group will continue to provide support but for the time being will be working slightly differently.   Until further notice Telford House will be closed to all visitors .  
16/3/2020
Cancellation of All of Caithness International Science Festival Events
Unfortunately the Science Festival organisers have received the latest news from the Highland council in face of the evolving Coronavirus crisis.   "In line with national guidance, the Council has moved from containment to delay.  
Caithness Interneational Science Festival 2020Thumbnail for article : Caithness Interneational Science Festival 2020
Caithness International Science Festival 2020 will run from Monday 2nd - Saturday 21st March and includes a public and schools programme, culminating in the Family Fun Day.  Attendees can expect to hear about space exploration, virtual reality, climate change, future fuels, exotic animals, robotics and much more at these exciting and interactive events.  
15/2/2020
Caithness Field Club Winter programme 2019 - 20 February - April
Saturday 22nd February: A walk led by Sharon Pottinger around her patch.   It's about 6 miles, mainly on by-roads, so bring a pack lunch.  
11/2/2020
Thurso Grows Spring Open DayThumbnail for article : Thurso Grows Spring Open Day
Thurso Grows, a climate change project run by Thurso Community Development Trust and funded by Climate Challenge Scotland, is holding an open day at Thurso Grows Community Garden.   The project has turned the garden in Falconer Waters Court into a vibrant growing space and are planning further development and expansion throughout this year.  
30/1/2020
The Future of NHS Highland Funding to Third Sector Groups Under Review
As some of you might be aware the level and extent of funding by NHS Highland to third sector organisations has been under review for quite some time.   In a couple of weeks David Park the chief officer of NHSH is coming up to Caithness to have a short meeting with some of the current organisations who do receive funding and hopefully explain how the review is going.  
20/1/2020
More Money Up For Grabs For Local Groups With Your Cash Your Caithness
The Highland Council took receipt of £9,497 from the old Caithness Partnership earlier in 2019 on condition that these funds were set aside and used in a Your Cash Your Caithness funding event.   The Highland Council have topped this amount up to £10,000 now to let the local community once again decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area.