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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  
Does Your Group Need Help To Hold Meetings Online?Thumbnail for article : Does Your Group Need Help To Hold Meetings Online?
Message From Alan Tait at Caithness Voluntary Group.   Sadly it seems that the Covid -19 restrictions are going to be with us by the looks of it over the winter I know a lot of groups were in abeyance since March but were starting to think about getting activities going again.  
Caithness Community Groups See Investment Of Over £150k In Latest Funding RoundThumbnail for article : Caithness Community Groups See Investment Of Over £150k In Latest Funding Round
Seven community projects are to benefit from over £150k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest grant investments will enable community groups to deliver a wide range of improvements to benefit people living in Caithness & North Sutherland.  
A Minimum Income Standard for Remote and Rural Scotland - Volunteer ParticipantsThumbnail for article : A Minimum Income Standard for Remote and Rural Scotland - Volunteer Participants
The Scottish Government have commissioned research to help create a better understanding of the needs and costs experienced by people who live in rural and remote areas of Scotland.  This research initiative is called Minimum Income Standard for Remote and Rural Scotland and updates similar work which was commissioned in 2012 by Highlands and islands Enterprise and partner organisations.  
School Access For Highland Highlife Offers Support To Young PeopleThumbnail for article : School Access For Highland Highlife Offers Support To Young People
Young people at school are the winners as a result of discussions between High Life Highland and The Highland Council that will see the Charity's staff phased back into schools after the October break.   Speaking about the arrangement, High Life Highland Chairman, Ian Ross said, "I am delighted that once again our partnership working arrangements with colleagues in The Highland Council mean that High Life Highland staff will be able to recommence their work with young people during the school day and within school buildings.  
Miller Academy And Victoria Walk in Thurso Benefit From Caithness Community PaybackThumbnail for article : Miller Academy And Victoria Walk in Thurso Benefit From Caithness Community Payback
Despite restrictions during COVID-19, the Caithness Community Payback Team have been working throughout the County ensuring that clients sentenced to carry out unpaid work by Wick Sheriff Court have been paying back the Community.   Following a three month closure and COVID-19 restrictions greatly reducing the number of clients that can be facilitated daily by the Community Payback Team - work has continued to benefit Caithness Community organisations.  
Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme
announced by Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, the Third Sector Community and Recovery Programme will open for applications later in September.   As part of the programme tailored, specialist advice and financial support (grants and loans) will be available.  
Nhs Highland - No Alcohol In Pregnancy Is The Best And Safest Choice
The Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership along with NHS Highland and the Highland Child Protection Committee are raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on 9th September.   FASD is the leading known preventable cause of learning disability worldwide.  
News Update On Wick Map - Streets For AllThumbnail for article : News Update On Wick Map - Streets For All
Frequently asked questions Posted on Sep 7th 2020 by Tremaine Bilham, Community Engagement Officer, Wick Street Design Thank you to all those who have contributed to this consultation so far.  We've had an incredible response already (over 90 comments in just two weeks) and many of you had questions.  
Learn With Lorna Series Brings More People To Highland ArchiveThumbnail for article : Learn With Lorna Series Brings More People To Highland Archive
When the UK went into lockdown in March earlier this year it became clear that the Highland Archive had to find new ways of engaging with people.  Unable to physically welcome people into buildings meant finding different ways to proactively engage with a local and international audience utilising digital platforms.