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25/3/2020
Virtual Roundtable: Impact of COVID-19 on the charities sector Registration, Thu 26 MarThumbnail for article : Virtual Roundtable: Impact of COVID-19 on the charities sector Registration, Thu 26 Mar
For COVID-19 and charities - what do you need to know? An Online Session.  - One hour 12.30 - 1.30pm The aim of this session is to provide an overview of the most pressing employment law and governance issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis, together with pragmatic dialogue on best practice.  
24/3/2020
Third Sector Resilience Fund
The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) was announced on 18 March 2020 by Communities Minister Aileen Campbell as part of a £350m support package for the sector as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic.   The Third Sector Resilience Fund will support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income or that are unable to deliver their services during this difficult period.  
23/3/2020
Highland Council New Helplines to be launched tomorrow
The Highland Council is preparing to launch dedicated Freephone helplines from tomorrow.   One will focus on providing advice and support for people who want to know how they can volunteer and for anyone needing assistance and help.  
Hearing and Sight Care - closing of centres in Thurso and Wick
In light of the recent advice from NHS Highland in relation to the Coronavirus we have decided to close both of our drop-in centres in Wick and Thurso.  This is an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus and keep our service users and staff safe and well.  
20/3/2020
Ibuprofen use and Coronavirus (COVID-19)Thumbnail for article : Ibuprofen use and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.   There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.  
20/3/2020
CAB VOWS TO HELP PEOPLE THROUGH CORONAVIRUS
Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau has announced it will be available by telephone and email offering its services to local people to help them through the Coronavirus period.  Isobel Mackay CAB Manager Caithness said today,"We understand that local people are concerned about the health impacts of this virus and will also need advice about other aspects of their lives, including their jobs, rent and social security payments.  So we are determined to remain available and ready to offer people all the help we can.  
19/3/2020
Wick High School Ready To Learn Digitally During Corona Virus EmergencyThumbnail for article : Wick High School Ready To Learn Digitally During Corona Virus Emergency
As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis unfolds, we will post information for parents and pupils here.  Please check daily for updates or subscribe to our website's news service by clicking on the ‘Follow Wick High School' option on the Wick High page.  
19/3/2020
Scottish Government Advice for unpaid carers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone providing regular support to a vulnerable friend or relative will want to do what they can to protect their own health and the health of those they look after during the coronavirus outbreak.   Like everyone, unpaid carers (including young carers) and people being cared for should familiarise themselves with the public health advice on how to protect themselves from infection.  
19/3/2020
Highlife Highland To Close All Archive Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres, Museums And Swimming PoolsThumbnail for article : Highlife Highland To Close All Archive Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres, Museums And Swimming Pools
HIGH LIFE HIGHLAND FOCUSING ON SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES.   High Life Highland today confirmed that the Charity has reached the difficult decision to close all archive centres, libraries, leisure centres, museums and swimming pools across the Highlands in line with both Scottish Government and UK Government's advice to minimise social contact.  
19/3/2020
Charities and Coronavirus: An update from the regulator in Scotland OSCRThumbnail for article : Charities and Coronavirus: An update from the regulator in Scotland OSCR
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is currently open during our standard operating hours.   This is in line with advice from the Scottish Government.  
19/3/2020
Regulators urge safe giving to charities as communities respond to Coronavirus pandemic
The Charity Commission in England and Fundraising Regulator today urged people to ‘give safely' as people continue to respond with generosity in the current crisis.   The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator today urged people to ‘give safely' as people continue to respond with generosity in the current crisis.  
ERI, Thurso Cancels Events
As I am sure you will all understand we have decided to cancel the ERI External seminar that was scheduled for the 31st March.  This was to be a talk by David Agombar about saving the Albatross through use of new technology for longline fishing, the Hookpod.  
18/3/2020
Covid-19 Reality Strikes
This article appears today 18 March 2020 in the Scottish Review.   Covid-19 Reality Strikes Anthony Seaton is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Medicine at Aberdeen University Andrew Seaton is Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and an Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Glasgow (@raseaton66 on Twitter).  
18/3/2020
A group for Third Sector managers to share information and ideas in light of COVID-19
Highland Third Sector Interface have set up a new facebook page for Managers in the Sector in Highland, the link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/821385825048384/about/ I appreciate that there might be a few different pages getting set up but perhaps if you want to join this one we can keep in touch both in Caithness and with what other similar organisations in the Highlands are doing.   Alan Tait Caithness Voluntary Group.  
18/3/2020
High Life Highland COVID-19 Announcement About Events
Steve Walsh, Chief Executive of High Life Highland today confirmed that his teams were working hard to ensure that the Charity was closely following the recommendations made by the Scottish and UK Governments.   Mr Walsh said, "Statements made by the Prime Minister and First Minister last night represented a decisive alteration in the guidance for social interaction.  
18/3/2020
Newsflash - All Schools To Close By End Of This Week
First Minister announces all Schools In Scotland To Close By End Of This Week..  
18/3/2020
_The Nuclear and Caithness Archives - Closed Until Further Notice
Niùclas: An Tasglann Niùclasach agus Gallach.   Following guidance from the Scottish and UK Governments to delay the spread of the coronavirus, Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archive is closed from 17th March 2020 until further notice..  
18/3/2020
John O'Groats Book Festival Postponed
I'm afraid the inevitable has arrived and we are forced to postpone the 3rd John O Groats Book Festival.  We will be back, hopefully later this year..  
18/3/2020
Castlehill Heritage Centre Closed
Following discussion, and following Government advice we have decided to close Castlehill Centre for the immediate future..  It is a most frustrating and worrying time so we feel it best to follow advice..  
17/3/2020
Letter To Parents Of School Children In Highland From Chief Executive Donna Manson
Dear Parent / Carer As you know, we are in a complex situation with regard to schools and the Coronavirus.  I fully understand your anxiety and concerns.