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Highland Council Service Arrangements For Christmas And New Year - Emergency Contact Numbers
The Highland Council has notified its service users and customers of its opening hours and service arrangements over the festive period.   The Service Centre will close at 4pm on 24 December.  
The Importance Of Asking For Help - Phone Numbers to Call
The Highland Council and NHS Highland are reminding Highland residents of the importance of reaching out for help if this is needed over the festive period.   The current time of year can be difficult for many people anyway, and others may have found that their plans for the festive season have changed at the last minute and the chance to see friends or family is now not possible.  
Food Support In The Festive SeasonThumbnail for article : Food Support In The Festive Season
Check list..  
Young Carers Grant Has Had Low Uptake - Do You Know A Young Carer - Let Them Know
Its over a year since Social Security Scotland launched their Young Carers Grant (YCG), uptake of this grant in Highland has been low.  YCG is an annual payment of £305.10 for young carers aged 16 to 18 who live in Scotland.  
General Support in Festive SeasonThumbnail for article : General Support in Festive Season
A few groups opening times..  
Protection Levels And Vitamin D Offer Letter - 23 October 2020: Bsl VersionThumbnail for article : Protection Levels And Vitamin D Offer Letter - 23 October 2020: Bsl Version
This is a subtitled BSL version of a letter sent to people on the shielding list on 23 October 2020.  The letter covers the introduction of Protection Levels in Scotland.  
Competition Launches To Showcase Young People's Art To World Leaders At Cop26Thumbnail for article : Competition Launches To Showcase Young People's Art To World Leaders At Cop26
Actor and broadcaster Cel Spellman launches a nationwide art competition, Creative Earth, in collaboration with COP26 and WWF.   ● Competition launched at a surprise event in a school in Great Yarmouth.  
Caithness Health Action Group Maternity Petition Discussed Today at Scottish ParliamentThumbnail for article : Caithness Health Action Group Maternity Petition Discussed Today at Scottish Parliament
Rhoda Grant MSP opened the discussion today on the Caithness Health Action Group petition.   I spoke at the Scottish Parliament today in support of a petition submitted by Caithness Health Campaign group CHAT.  
The Queen's Gambit Movie - Every Chess Position‎Thumbnail for article : The Queen's Gambit Movie - Every Chess Position‎
Whether you are a chess player or not the movie has been a huge hit on Netflix.   Now on the huge chess web site an article shows all the chess positions from the movie.  
Many People Shun Tradition Ahead Of Scaled Back ChristmasThumbnail for article : Many People Shun Tradition Ahead Of Scaled Back Christmas
Restrictions on celebrations mean Christmas day will look very different for many.  With the majority of Brits (81%) having a scaled-back Christmas dinner, food lovers are ditching the traditional turkey dinner and Christmas pud for an array of foods they enjoy more.  
Keeping Your Charity Safe Online - PhishingThumbnail for article : Keeping Your Charity Safe Online - Phishing
A new free 'Keeping your charity safe online' webinar will take place on 10 December 2020 from 2pm until 3pm.   The webinar will focus on 'phishing'.  
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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.