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Messy Play IdeasThumbnail for article : Messy Play Ideas
Messy Play is a great way to get all covered in paint and stuff while playing.   We have 5 booklets available which are full of ideas.  
Blog by Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young PeopleThumbnail for article : Blog by Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
I am excited to be entering 2020 as this is, of course, the year when children's entitlement to funded early learning and childcare will nearly double.   From August 2020, all 3 and 4 year olds, and around a quarter of 2 year olds, will be eligible for 1140 hours of early learning and childcare a year.  
LGBT history monthThumbnail for article : LGBT history month
By Peter Macleod, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate.   As you may know, LGBT History Month takes place in February each year.  
Dounreay Communities Fund Closing DateThumbnail for article : Dounreay Communities Fund Closing Date
The next closing date for applications is 9th March 2020.   Community organisations or charities that benefit people in Caithness and North Sutherland may be eligible for assistance from the Dounreay Communities Fund.  
Vehicles to meet disabled people's needsThumbnail for article : Vehicles to meet disabled people's needs
Motability Scheme accredited to provide wide choice of vehicles at affordable rates.   Disabled people will continue to be able to lease mobility vehicles under Scotland's new social security system.  
MSP determined to help in the fight to save Highlands and Islands charity - Third sector groups await decision on fundingThumbnail for article : MSP determined to help in the fight to save Highlands and Islands charity - Third sector groups await decision on funding
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has tabled a motion for debate in the Scottish Parliament in a bid to save a local charity, Sight Action, as NHS Highland make funding cuts and re-design services for the blind and visually impaired.   It was indicated to Mrs Grant at the end of last year that Sight Action's valuable services to almost 3,000 blind or visually impaired adults and children will no longer continue past the 31st March 2020.  
Coronavirus: how media coverage of epidemics often stokes fear and panic
New contagious diseases are scary - They frighten us because they are unknown and unpredictable.  The ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus has received extensive media attention, coverage that can tell us a lot about how uncertainty in the face of such an epidemic can all too easily breed fear.  
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.  
The crisis of
The article "The Crisis in" was published on the web site "openDemocaracy" on 11th February 2020.   We all know that there have been problems surrounding the Care Sector including lack of provision and low pay.  
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.  
Caithness Goose EventThumbnail for article : Caithness Goose Event
See poster for details..  
Caithness public to decide funding for local projects
Your Cash Your Caithness - 29th February 2020.   Following the call by The Highland Council for local groups in Caithness to apply for a share of £10,000 to fund projects in their local area, members of the public are now being invited to take part in the Your Cash Your Caithness event on Saturday 29th February to decide how the money will be distributed.  
Saltire Summit Volunteering Awards For Two Wick High PupilsThumbnail for article : Saltire Summit Volunteering Awards For Two Wick High Pupils
Dylan Cundall (S6) and Daniel Gunn (S2) have received the Summit Saltire 500 hour award.   The Summit award is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering.  
Interested in Learning More About Gaelic Medium Education?Thumbnail for article : Interested in Learning More About Gaelic Medium Education?
Highland Council Gaelic Team organised a fun, open day session which was held in Mount Pleasant Primary School, Thurso, at the end of last week.  The informal session was well attended and held to provide parents with information regarding Gaelic Medium Education and the benefits of bilingualism.  
New Energy Efficiency Programme in Highland
The Scottish Government has awarded The Highland Council funding to deliver area based energy efficiency programmes in the Highlands.   The area based programmes aim to: Target fuel-poor areas Offer insulation measures, such as External Wall Insulation (EWI), Cavity and Loft Insulation The Scottish Government grant, in conjunction with Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, and a homeowner contribution will help owner occupiers and privately rented properties to improve the energy efficiency within their home.  
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.  
How we recruited albatrosses to patrol the high seas for illegal fishersThumbnail for article : How we recruited albatrosses to patrol the high seas for illegal fishers
Wandering albatrosses have long been considered exceptional creatures.  They can fly 8.5 million kilometres during their lifetimes - the equivalent of flying to the Moon and back more than ten times.  
Valentines Vinyl Revival 14th FebruaryThumbnail for article : Valentines Vinyl Revival 14th February
See poster for details..  
Service To Blind People In Doubt As Sight Action Cannot Get Sufficient Funds From NHS Highland
Funding cuts will take toll on support for visually impaired children and adults in the Highlands and Islands.   THOUSANDS of vulnerable people will be failed if NHS Highland refuses to properly fund a rehabilitation service for adults and children with blindness and impaired vision in the Highlands and the Western Isles.  
2020 Scottish Social Services Awards open for nominationsThumbnail for article : 2020 Scottish Social Services Awards open for nominations
This year, the awards are merging with the Scottish Association of Social Work awards.  The new partnership will see categories introduced for a Social Worker and Student Social Worker of the Year.