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Highland Council To Provide School Meals Throughout Easter Brea
Highland Council will continue to provide school meals through e-vouchers to families throughout the school Easter break.  This is to recognise the particular difficulties many families will be experiencing due to the Coronavirus emergency.  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts
Details of shielding support in local areas to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services.   Highest risk classification Some groups of people are considered to be at extremely high risk of severe illness with Coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): tailored advice for those who live with specific medical conditions
These conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBD; chronic kidney and liver disease; dermatological, neurological, respiratory and rheumatic conditions; and rare diseases.   Follow the links for the specific advice on the conditions HERE.  
Neonatal Expenses Fund Terms and Conditions
Information on the Neonatal Expenses fund that provides help for families with babies in neonatal care.   Introduction The Neonatal Expenses Fund (NEF) is designed to help parents of premature and sick newborn babies to offset the cost of traveling to and from hospital during the early days of their baby's life and the subsistence required to allow them to spend time with their baby/ies in order to bond as a family during these early days.  
Farmers urged to wade into bird conservationThumbnail for article : Farmers urged to wade into bird conservation
Farmers and land managers have an important role to play in reversing the declining numbers of wading birds in Scotland, according to a new report.   The Working for Waders annual report has highlighted a steep decline in the number of wading birds, including lapwings, oystercatchers and curlews, over the past 25 years.  
Vitamin D: advice for all age groups - Scottish Government Revised Advice On Coronavirus
Revised guidance from Scottish Government to reflect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the advice to stay at home.   Vitamin D: advice for all age groups We are currently advising people to stay at home.  
Shielding For The Extremely Vulnerable In Highland
What is 'shielding'? If you fall within one of the groups recommended to shield, you will have received a letter or text from the NHS.   Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising contact between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.  
Caithness Food Bank Busier Than Ever Getting Support From Highland Highlife Staff VolunteersThumbnail for article : Caithness Food Bank Busier Than Ever Getting Support From Highland Highlife Staff Volunteers
Caithness food Bank has been busier than ever but managing to keep support going in both centres in Caithness.   The team of volunteers are adhering go the Covid19 guidance and quite a few are staying at home due to their age and/or vulnerability.  
Free hospital TV for patients
Charges covered for three months.   Patients in six hospitals across Scotland are to receive free bedside television for the next three months.  
National volunteering plan for coronavirus
Campaign launched for those able to give support.   A new ‘Scotland Cares' campaign has been launched to encourage people to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
A New Book Of Maritime Pics In CaithnessThumbnail for article : A New Book Of Maritime Pics In Caithness
As a follow up to the 2020 Caithness Maritime Calendar, MaritimePics is pleased to announce a hardback A4 size book "MaritimePics Caithness".   Containing full colour photographs of 76 vessels taken in Caithness, including Ferries, Cargo Ships, Support Ships, RNLB, Fishing Boats & local boats Annie Rose, Beeny, Cheryl Ann, Eun Na Mara, Karen Jane, Kestrel, Ma Rona, Sea Menace, Seagem II & Tenacity Available from April 2020 priced at £16.99.  
Highland Council helpline now up and runningThumbnail for article : Highland Council helpline now up and running
The Highland Council has launched a free helpline to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support during Covid19.   The single line number - 0300 303 1362 - will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.  
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.  
Public urged to keep eyes and ears open for children at risk during COVID-19
With the closure of schools and nurseries during the COVID-19 crisis, a national child protection group is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time.   Child Protection Committees Scotland, a national grouping of child protection professionals, supports all efforts by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the third sector to keep children safe from harm during the enforced break in normal routine.  
Caithness FM will be broadcasting 7pm to 10pm daily from Monday 30th March
Caithness FM has been off air for a few days but will be back starting Monday.   Groups who are working to help our community please let us know what you are doing, what help you need or any other message you would like the public to hear.  
All Highland Council play parks closed
Signs are going up at Highland Council play parks to reinforce the message that they are all closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and will remain closed until further notice.   The Highland-wide closures are for health and safety reasons and are in line with the latest national guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus.  
27/3/2020 urges young people to speak up about doorstep crime during COVID-19 crisis
Fearless - the youth service of independent charity Crimestoppers - is urging young people to learn the Fearless five tips to prevent doorstep crime and share them with those who may be more isolated and vulnerable at this time.   1 - THINK Are you expecting a caller? 2 - SECURE Use your spyhole/keychain or check from a window before answering.  
Highland Third Sector Covid 19 Web Site
HTSI web site specifically to deal with Third Sector issues related to COVID-19 in Highland. You will see plenty of useful information all in one place.  
Charities and Coronavirus: An update from the regulator In Scotland - OSCR
How to contact and send information to the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) Like many other organisations, the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is operating with fewer resources due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   All of our staff are working remotely and we no longer have staff immediately answering telephone calls.  
Virtual Roundtable: Impact of COVID-19 on the charities sector Registration, Thu 26 MarThumbnail for article : Virtual Roundtable: Impact of COVID-19 on the charities sector Registration, Thu 26 Mar
For COVID-19 and charities - what do you need to know? An Online Session.  - One hour 12.30 - 1.30pm The aim of this session is to provide an overview of the most pressing employment law and governance issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis, together with pragmatic dialogue on best practice.