Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost today as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19. Working parents or carers, who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic, will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020 Critical workers who may exceed the income threshold for the 2020-21 tax year, as a result of working more to play a vital role in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, will continue to receive support this tax year.
A message regarding coronavirus and hate crime signed in British Sign Language with open captions from Police Scotland..
PERTHSHIRE POTATO supplier Branston is planning to virtually travel around the world in 80 days to support its charity of the year Rachel House, which is run by Children's Hospices Across Scotland. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the spud supplier had to cancel its fundraising events this year including its big annual 100-mile sponsored cycle.
Even in normal circumstances, pregnancy can feel incredibly daunting. Bringing new life into the world is an incredible experience but expecting mums can often feel anxious and unprepared.
Upgrading work is to be carried out on the Coghill Bridges. Check the dates when the bridges will be closed..
German registered chemical Tanker "Antares" alongside at Scrabster Harbour today. The vessel is in theory committing "Lèse-Majeste" (to do wrong to majesty) by flying the Union Flag upside down.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, NHS Scotland will get in touch and ask you to self-isolate for 14 days. It's crucial that you do, to stop the virus spreading, and to protect each other and the progress we have made.
Food banks in the UK reported that demand had tripled in March this year as the coronavirus lockdown threw millions out of work. Many food banks faced an urgent need for money to buy extra food and launched appeals through crowdfunding websites.
CASWA covers Caithness and Sutherland and provides support to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse..
This year, due to lock down, Highland Council have been unable to plant the usual, beautiful floral displays in Sir Johns Square, Thurso. With permission from the council Thurso Grows, a project run by Thurso Community Development Trust, has taken over Sir John Square this year to plant a vegetable garden and create a collective community art work installation.
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.
More than 30 community groups received help from a fund supported by Dounreay and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority during the COVID-19 crisis. In March 2020, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd anticipated an upsurge in demand from community organisations for small-scale financial assistance.
A series of 9 short videos, have been created by The Highland Council Gaelic Team to assist non-Gaelic speaking parents who have young children entering Gaelic medium education. The videos called “Spòrs agus Seinn Còmhla ri Ellen”, “Fun and Sing along with Ellen”, are each around 7 minutes long and cover the typical themes encountered during the average day at home with small children.
The film opens on a boat coming into Wick harbour and we get an impression of how busy the harbour is. A brief view of the town is given, with a panning shot looking over Bridge Street toward the mouth of the river.
Not the easiest job in the world, but Scrabster Pilot boat "Venture" expertly manoeuvers alongside the 4,398 gross ton Norwegian registered Research/Survey vessel "Edda Sun", whilst heading towards Scrabster Harbour this morning (06/06/20). Weather was light rain with a moderate sea swell.
Faroe Islands registered Ro-Ro Container Carrier Hvitanes IMO 7915541, Built 1980, Length 336ft 102.4m, Breadth 54ft 16.5m, Gross tonnage 4,636 in Thurso Bay this afternoon on her journey from Torshavn, Faroe Islands to the ferry terminal at Scrabster Harbour Photo from John Hay..
Children and protected adults will be better protected under new legislation. The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, which has passed its final stage in the Scottish Parliament, will transform how criminal record disclosures operate and improve the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.
Highland pupils have been jumping out of bed in great numbers to join ‘Wake Up Shake Up' sessions online since mid-May, as part of the High Life Highland to support communities during the Covid-19 crisis. The movement and dance sessions are available to primary school age pupils with a Highland Google account, and are led by Amy Gallagher of High Life Highland.
AYRSHIRE Earlies, Scotland's first New potato crop of the year, will arrive in Tesco stores across Scotland from this week. Supplied from Branston's site near Perth, these unique potatoes - which were recently awarded PGI status - will only be available locally.
Carers Week launched with additional support. £300,000 from the £350 million communities funding to support people and communities affected by COVID-19, is being given to support young carers across Scotland.