Does Your Group Need Help To Hold Meetings Online?
25th September 2020
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. That is looking more difficult now. I realise that digital catch-ups are not suitable for many groups but I have recently heard of a local SWRI who are looking to move their meetings onto zoom which will enable them to meet up and hold their competitions as best they can and encourage their members to keep crafting over the winter.
If you are involved in a group that could make the move to digital and need some help to do that then please get in touch and we will happily work with you.
Allan Tait - Senior Development Officer
My normal working week is Monday to Thursday.
Caithness Voluntary Group - "Supporting the voluntary sector"
walk. Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick, KW1 5ES
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The voluntary sector will doubtless play a huge part in supporting the vulnerable in the current crises and Caithness Voluntary Group will continue to provide support but for the time being will be working slightly differently. Until further notice Telford House will be closed to all visitors .
As some of you might be aware the level and extent of funding by NHS Highland to third sector organisations has been under review for quite some time. In a couple of weeks David Park the chief officer of NHSH is coming up to Caithness to have a short meeting with some of the current organisations who do receive funding and hopefully explain how the review is going.