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Why it's better to give to a food bank now than three months agoThumbnail for article : Why it's better to give to a food bank now than three months ago
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 Fighting Domestic AbuseThumbnail for article : CASWA Fighting Domestic Abuse
CASWA covers Caithness and Sutherland and provides support to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse..  
Sir John Square, Thurso - Community TakeoverThumbnail for article : Sir John Square, Thurso - Community Takeover
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 Wick Buildings To Finally Be Demolished and The Sites Taken Over By Wick Development TrustThumbnail for article : Two Wick Buildings To Finally Be Demolished and The Sites Taken Over By Wick Development Trust
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.  
Dounreay Cash Reaches Groups In Need During Coronavirus LockdownThumbnail for article : Dounreay Cash Reaches Groups In Need During Coronavirus Lockdown
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.  
Video shorts help young Gaelic learners in the home - Bhidiothan goirid a’ cuideachadh luchd-ionnsachaidh le Gàidhlig san dachaighThumbnail for article : Video shorts help young Gaelic learners in the home - Bhidiothan goirid a’ cuideachadh luchd-ionnsachaidh le Gàidhlig san dachaigh
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.  
A primary school sports day and some views of Wick from 1933Thumbnail for article : A primary school sports day and some views of Wick from 1933
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.  
Venture alongside Edda SunThumbnail for article : Venture alongside Edda Sun
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.  
Ro-Ro Container Carrier HvitanesThumbnail for article : Ro-Ro Container Carrier Hvitanes
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..  
New law for Disclosure regime
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.  
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.  
Highland pupils enjoy Wake Up Shake Up classes online
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.  
£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.  
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..  
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.  
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.  
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.