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Sending annual information to OSCRThumbnail for article : Sending annual information to OSCR
Every charity registered in Scotland has to provide annual accounts information to The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).   The deadline for a charity to send us this information is 9 months after its financial ‘year end' date.  
Chair of the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee welcomes Bill on the free provision of period products
Last week (24 November 2020), the Scottish Parliament approved the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill which will make free period products available for anyone who needs them.   Councillor Linda Munro, Chair of Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee, said: "On behalf of the Council, I welcome the Bill passed by the Scottish Parliament which will make period products accessible in our communities.  
A Helping hand This Christmas - Festive Task Force
Christmas is fast approaching, and Highland Third Sector Iinterface want to make sure there is a safety net for people who are struggling this year.  The festive period can be a difficult time for a lot of folk anyway, but this year we anticipate that the situation will have intensified.  
Carers Urged To Seek Support
Still Game star highlights valued work of the country's carers in new campaign.   Carers are being urged to seek emotional and practical support through a new national campaign, delivered in partnership with Still Game's Jane McCarry.  
Expressions Of Interest Invited For New Highland Coastal Communities Fund - Caithness Awarded - £409,652
The Council is inviting communities to come forward with expressions of interest for projects that, if successful, could receive a share of funding aimed at supporting coastal communities throughout Highland.   The Highland Coastal Communities Fund has been set up by the Council following an allocation of over £3 million from the Scottish Government of Crown Estates revenue funding.  
Thurso Community Development Trust Support for Families At Christmas
Thurso Community Development Trust are offering two forms of food/meal support over the Christmas period.   The first is our Thurso Community Christmas.  
CVG Funding update November 2020
Robertson Trust is now open for applications.  The funds available are: Wee Grants For constituted community groups and charities with an annual income of less than £25,000  Funding of up to £2,000 for one year only  Could cover revenue* or capital costs to support your work.  
Otters Spotted Near Service Bridge, WickThumbnail for article : Otters Spotted Near Service Bridge, Wick
Noel Donaldson spotted an otter fishing between the Service Bridge and the main bridge in Wick.   See a few more photos of the otter at the photo link above..  
No Thurso Community Fireworks Display this year
The Rotary Club of Thurso is sad to announce that we are unable to present a public Fireworks Display this year, due to Coronavirus.  Like all other events in our calendar which have been lost to the virus, our annual Fireworks Event will be greatly missed.  
Remembrance Sunday And Armistice Day - No Gatherings This Year In Highland
Council invites people in Highland to ‘Remember at Home.' Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day will be commemorated across Highland but in different ways than usual because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Following the latest Scottish Government guidance on commemorative events, Highland Council will not be organising any parades, events or services taking place on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2020 or Armistice Day, Wednesday 11 November 2020.  
Castletown Heritage Society Moving On YoutubeThumbnail for article : Castletown Heritage Society Moving On Youtube
Technology is changing how we all work and play and Castletown Heritage Society like many other groups held its AGM last Thursday on Zoom.   The group are not sitting idly by as things change and have decided to present more about their area on Youtube.  
Third Sector Master Classes - Free
HTSI are very excited to bring you a series of Monday Masterclasses, training centred around supporting community groups.   Set up a new group recently? Working to support your community? Want an update on current best practice in supporting community groups? Then HTSI's FREE Monday masterclasses are for you! Julie at Caithness Voluntary Group is doing two of these classes that are open to everyone in the Highlands and are free.  
Halloween Shop Window Competition Thurso For Boys Brigade
This competition is open to all.   children/teens (adults can help) How to play 1.Look around the shops in thurso for letters of the alphabet hidden in the window displays.  
This National Adoption Week, A Couple Who Could Not Be Happier After Adopting Siblings Are Urging Other People To Consider Welcoming Vulnerable Children Into Their Family.
Feyaza Khan and Robert Hillier's home is filled with the hustle and bustle of busy family life and their two children are happy and thriving since being adopted by the couple.  Feyaza and Robert, who adopted through Barnardo's, are sharing their story in support of National Adoption Week, which begins today (October 12th), and on-going national adoption campaign ‘You Can Adopt'.  
Council Issues Reminder On How To Get Support
The Highland Council is reminding the public that although their offices and buildings remain closed to the public a full range of support and information is still available.   Access into all service point buildings continues to be currently restricted for people to complete birth registrations and other high priority registrations by appointment only, and following all current social distancing and hygiene guidance.  
£1 Million Donated By The Government To Charities Across The Country
£1 Million donated by the Government in response to ITV's Help our Helplines campaign.   Funding will be allocated to mental health charities helplines as part of the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund.  
Spirit Of The Highlands - Autobiography - Call For Stories
As a key stakeholder in the everyday life and culture of the Highlands, I hope that you will want to support the Spirit of the Highlands - an initiative specifically designed to help boost tourism and economic growth throughout the Highland area by promoting its culture and heritage, supported by the Inverness and the Highlands City Region Deal.   One of the project's aims is to create an ‘Autobiography of the Highlands', a unique collection of stories held in a digital archive, all told by the people who live, work and visit here.  
Parent And Baby Groups - Updated Guidance Published On Number Of Adults Allowed
The number of adults allowed to attend parent and baby groups has been increased, subject to certain conditions, following the publication of updated public health advice.   When all children in a group are less than 12 months old, and other health and safety criteria are met, groups will now allow up to ten adults to be present at one time.  
Could You Represent Wick As A Community Councillor?Thumbnail for article : Could You Represent Wick As A Community Councillor?
A Community Council is a voluntary organisation set up by statute by the Local Authority and run by local residents to act on behalf of its area.  As the most local tier of elected representation, Community Councils play an important role in local democracy.  
Minimum Income Standard Research - Wick Volunteers Required
Do you live in Wick or surrounding villages (Thrumster, Watten, Staxigoe, Reiss or Ackergill)? If so we are looking for some volunteers for some important social research looking into the needs and costs of people living in remote and rural Scotland! All you have to do is take part in a 3 hour Zoom session! You do not need to be an expert in anything! All participants will receive a £50 voucher (Tesco, Amazon or M&S) for taking part.   For further information please contact Jo Ellen on 07851 969871 or email