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9/6/2020
£300,000 for young carers
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.  
Caithness Voluntary Group Awarded £200,000
Eleven community organisations in the Highlands and Islands have been awarded a total of £1.5m to develop and deliver long-term solutions to tackle poverty based on local priorities and needs The Aspiring Communities Fund, which levers in European Social Funds, was launched by the Scottish Government in 2017 to help reduce poverty and enable inclusive growth in disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland.   Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), helped community organisations in the region to apply to this recent round of funding.  
7/6/2020
A Very Relaxing Ad From Old PulteneyThumbnail for article : A Very Relaxing Ad From Old Pulteney
Sit back and go full screen to relax.   Definitiely made for lockdown..  
7/6/2020
Urgent call for charity funding clarity
Tens of millions of pounds of lifeline funding has been fast-tracked to charities by the Scottish Government since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis despite delays in clarity over Barnett consequentials, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has said.   Highlighting the key role the third sector has played in delivering vital support during the pandemic, Ms Campbell urged the UK Government to be clear in its support for vital services, by indicating when a £10 million shortfall in funding would be resolved.  
6/6/2020
Cat Missing From CastletownThumbnail for article : Cat Missing From Castletown
Message from Julie Bain in Castletown.   My cat Capri has gone missing in Castletown in Caithness.  
Wick Galas Gone Past - The Big GalleryThumbnail for article : Wick Galas Gone  Past - The Big Gallery
With Rainy Lockdown Days at the moment and no galas this year and with time on our hands we have put together thousands of the Wick Gala photos from 2002 to 2019 in one huge gallery for everyone to look back.   You can scroll through all the years or go to the drop down menu at the bottom to jump to any one year.  
Charities Active In Countering The Impact Of Covid-19Thumbnail for article : Charities Active In Countering The Impact Of Covid-19
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has today published the findings of research into the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland's charities.   On 05 May 2020, OSCR emailed the principal contacts of all Scottish charities to ask for their help with completing a short survey.  
5/6/2020
Upcoming webinar: Meet the Charity Regulator
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are making our Meet the Charity Regulator events 'virtual' in 2020.   This webinar is FREE and will take place on 23 June 2020 at 10am until 12pm.  
Log Sales Recommence At Dunnet ForestThumbnail for article : Log Sales Recommence At Dunnet Forest
From Dunnet Forestry Trust.   Exciting news - Log sales are back from this weekend 6th June 2020.  
20/5/2020
Highland Archive Centre celebrates volunteer support
High Life Highland's Highland Archive Centre staff are applauding volunteers for the Charity, as people continue to provide support throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.   One enthusiastic volunteer, Iain Fraser, who turned 80 this week, has used his local knowledge to support the Am Baile digital archive team in identifying people and places in photographs taken in and around Inverness in the 1950s and 1960s.Iain has early onset dementia and the opportunity to volunteer for Highland Archive Centre has given him a new lease of life.  
18/5/2020
NFU Mutual Thurso supports Caithness Mental Health Support Group to help local relief effortsThumbnail for article : NFU Mutual Thurso supports Caithness Mental Health Support Group to help local relief efforts
NFU Mutual Thurso is proud to have nominated local charity Caithness Mental Health Support Group for a donation of over £3,000.   NFU Mutual Agents and their staff at the local Thurso agency are delighted to have nominated local charity Caithness Mental Health Support Group to receive a donation from the national £1m ‘Agency Giving Fund' launched by NFU Mutual's Head Office.  
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.