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15/5/2020
Covid Funding - Don't Give Up Applying - Check You hvae Done It Correctly
From - Angela Simpson Head of Strengthening Communities - Caithness & Sutherland We are aware that a number of organisations in Caithness and Sutherland were unsuccessful with their application to the Third Sector Resilience Fund, or decided not to apply in the first round.  We understand that in the majority of unsuccessful cases, Scotland wide: 1)The applicant did not demonstrate immediate need (i.e.  
15/5/2020
Highlands And Islands Msps Urge The Third Sector To Apply For New Wellbeing Fund Before The Deadline
Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs Rhoda Grant and David Stewart have urged Third Sector organisations in the Highlands and Islands to apply to the £10million Wellbeing Fund for community and third sector organisations across Scotland.   Groups who meet the criteria of working with at risk groups with needs which are not being met; provide vital wellbeing support on issues such as mental health, personal finances, employment, housing, food, physical health and home life or; provide immediate and emerging forms of support are being urged to get applications in by the deadline of Friday 22 May 2020.  
14/5/2020
High Life Highland Libraries online resources numbers soar during covid lockdownThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Libraries online resources numbers soar during covid lockdown
High Life Highland Libraries have been given top marks by members and non-members alike as they turn to the Charity's online resources to help provide extra support for health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak.   Feedback on the Library services in Highland, including online ‘Bookbug' sessions, e-books, audio-books and the online newspaper service has shown that people have quickly adapted to take advantage of the services on offer.  
11/5/2020
Coronavirus and Lockdown but Barnardo's Scotland Fostering say ‘still a real need to find loving foster families in the Highlands’
Foster Care Fortnight 11 - 22 May 2020.   Coronavirus, a word that is now used in conversations daily and has far reaching effects on everyone's life, events and ‘normal' every day activities have been postponed or cancelled - but for some the pandemic hasn't made a difference to their situation - children and young people looking for foster families.  
11/5/2020
Vital contribution of all foster families in Highland highlighted during coronavirus
Every day 130 foster families across Highland are giving approximately 150 fostered children and young people a loving, secure and stable home, and this commitment from foster families is ongoing during the COVID-19 Emergency.   The UK's leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, is using this year's Foster Care FortnightTM to raise awareness of the extraordinary dedication and work of foster carers at this time, while calling for more people to come forward to foster.  
10/5/2020
Caithness Community Groups Among 258 Scottish Awards By Scottish Government
Local groups in Scotland get a £10 million boost.   Families on lower incomes and older people are to get more support with extra funding for lifeline services to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
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.  
8/5/2020
VE Day: a very special meeting with Dame Vera LynnThumbnail for article : VE Day: a very special meeting with Dame Vera Lynn
From The Conversation web site.   Shortly after 9pm tonight, once the Queen has made her VE Day address to the nation, many people around the UK will step out on to the doorsteps and balconies to sing a song together.  
5/5/2020
Looking after each other during COVID-19
Advice on how to help out safely.   People helping those in their communities affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) are being encouraged to carry on while following advice to keep themselves and others safe.  
4/5/2020
Army Sets Up Mobile Corona Virus Testing Units In Thurso
The UK Government has mobilised the army to set up Corona Virus Test Centres In Scotland.   Mobile testing units travel around the UK to increase access to coronavirus testing.  
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.  
27/4/2020
High Life Highland online resources for health and wellbeingThumbnail for article : High Life Highland online resources for health and wellbeing
To help provide extra support for people living in the Highlands during the current period, High Life Highland has extended the range of services and classes available to communities online, using technology and innovation to create new and exciting activities.   Over the past month, the Charity's teams have put together an engaging range of online content to support the health and wellbeing of people living in the Highlands, including: online classes and a range of free newspapers, books and interactive archive sessions suitable for all.  
26/4/2020
Covid 19 - Activity/Craft Packs For Children and Young PeopleThumbnail for article : Covid 19 - Activity/Craft Packs For Children and Young People
See poster for details.   Helping the Caithness Community.  
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.  
22/4/2020
Council Issues More Than 7,500 School Meals Vouchers To Highland FamiliesThumbnail for article : Council Issues More Than 7,500 School Meals Vouchers To Highland Families
Highland Council is continuing to provide free school meals through e-vouchers to families across the region while schools are closed.   Over, 7,500 school meals payments of £15 per child per week have been issued to date.  
22/4/2020
Royal Bank Launches Card For Carers
Royal Bank of Scotland is introducing a new ‘companion card' - a supplement card to an existing current account that enables vulnerable customers and those in extended isolation to give trusted volunteers a way to pay for their essential goods.   New card offers quick & easy way for vulnerable customers to pay for essentials through a trusted carer or volunteer.  
18/4/2020
How to help your teenager staying home during the extended lockdown periodThumbnail for article : How to help your teenager staying home during the extended lockdown period
Children's charity Barnardo's Scotland knows a thing or two about teenagers and with the news that the lockdown has been extended for at least another three weeks it is offering some useful advice for parents online.   Martin Crewe, director for Barnardo's Scotland and father of four said: "If you're struggling to keep your teenager in the house and sticking to lockdown rules know that you're definitely not alone." Teenage brains work differently than adult brains.  
15/4/2020
Museums - Digital Resilience COVID-19 Fund
Museums can apply for up to £3000 to purchase equipment and software that will enable them to adapt to more digital working during the period of closures brought about by the Coronavirus outbreak and the associated restrictions.   This fund is designed to support museums to purchase equipment and software that will enable them to adapt to more digital working during the period of closures brought about by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions.  
15/4/2020
Heritage Lottery Updates Following Coronavirus
Our support for the heritage sector in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   See full details at https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/coronavirus-update.