Thurso Grows recently took receipt of two picnic benches specifically designed for use by wheelchair users. The benches were fully constructed by the Caithness Community Payback Team in their Wick workshop by clients who had been sentenced to carry out unpaid work by Wick Sheriff Court.
Households are being reminded to be careful at home following a 46% increase in claims for accidental damage between March and June 2020. Halifax Home Insurance received 1,318 claims for the risk in March compared to 1,920 in June.
All Highland Council school lets will remain suspended to assist in the Government's goal in suppressing the coronavirus. We will review this position in October and will reopen the lets booking process, in line with national Covid-19 guidance, when it is deemed safe to do so.
Thanks to Yvonne at Caithness Voluntary Group for putting together a few funding suggestions that may be of interest to local groups. Comic Relief Changemakers Fund The themes for this Fund are, Children Survive & Thrive, Gender Justice, Safe Place to Be - Homelessness, Safe Place to Be - Migration, Global Mental Health.
Wick Paths Group will be returning to work on upgrading the Coghill Bridges at Wick Riverside this weekend - Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August and the bridge will be closed to the public both days to enable the work to proceed safely. The group have already upgraded the smaller of the two bridges, this involved replacing rotten timbers and railing supports and laying a non slip fibreglass walking surface.
As schools return in Scotland, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working parents they could save up to £2,000 per child per year to pay towards after-school clubs and other childcare services. Around 110,000 families in Scotland are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, which can cut thousands of pounds off childcare bills.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on people to share their favourite photos of Scotland's rivers, coasts, seas, lochs and canals to feature in a celebratory calendar marking Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters (YCW). While plans for the themed year, celebrating Scotland's unrivalled coasts and waters, have been affected by the coronavirus restrictions, many people have still been going outdoors and enjoying nature close to home.
The Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland. The UK Government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has given its backing to The Peatlands Partnership's World Heritage Site Working Group to go ahead with developing the nomination of The Flow Country to UNESCO for World Heritage Site (WHS) status.
Green Health Packs have been bagged and are being distributed to community groups in a project that will bring environmental benefits across Caithness while also boosting people's wellbeing. Caithness Voluntary Group has assembled 450 packs with help from volunteers and staff at Pulteneytown People's Project in Wick, while Caithness Rural Transport has helped get them distributed.
A message regarding coronavirus and hate crime signed in British Sign Language with open captions from Police Scotland..
Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost today as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19. Working parents or carers, who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic, will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020 Critical workers who may exceed the income threshold for the 2020-21 tax year, as a result of working more to play a vital role in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, will continue to receive support this tax year.
PERTHSHIRE POTATO supplier Branston is planning to virtually travel around the world in 80 days to support its charity of the year Rachel House, which is run by Children's Hospices Across Scotland. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the spud supplier had to cancel its fundraising events this year including its big annual 100-mile sponsored cycle.
Even in normal circumstances, pregnancy can feel incredibly daunting. Bringing new life into the world is an incredible experience but expecting mums can often feel anxious and unprepared.
Upgrading work is to be carried out on the Coghill Bridges. Check the dates when the bridges will be closed..
German registered chemical Tanker "Antares" alongside at Scrabster Harbour today. The vessel is in theory committing "Lèse-Majeste" (to do wrong to majesty) by flying the Union Flag upside down.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, NHS Scotland will get in touch and ask you to self-isolate for 14 days. It's crucial that you do, to stop the virus spreading, and to protect each other and the progress we have made.
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 covers Caithness and Sutherland and provides support to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse..
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 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.