News this week that an amazing 5 of 24 teams competing for the UK “Apps for Good” http://www.appsforgood.org/ awards come from Wick High School. Wick High School is the first in Scotland to enter the competition, which will take the teams to London for work experience (“hothouses”) with high-tech companies in Tech City in London before making “dragon’s den” pitches for their app ideas.
Drivers in the Highlands and Islands are being urged not to spoil the party this summer by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Tomorrow sees the beginning of a four week campaign focusing on drink and drug driving across Scotland.
A new group to help families has been set up. Al-Anon will meet each Monday at 8.00pm in the conference room at Caithness General Hospital, Wick..
Welcome to the Spring edition of the National Kinship Care Service Newsletter. Contents.
Members of the Highland Council’s Adult and Children Services Committee heard this week that young people’s participation is making a positive difference in the planning and provision of children’s services in The Highland Council, Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division, and NHS Highland. Ainya Taylor, Highland Youth Convener, and Highland Youth Voice members, Sannies Macleod from Wick, Bee Nicolson from Inverness and Finlay Allmond from Nairn gave a presentation on how Youth Participation is helping service providers to improve services and how it also helps them, as young people, develop.
This short video teels you what Home Start Caithness does. HomeStart Caithness has been around for a few years and should not be confused with HomeAid another Caithness group doing entirely different things in the community.
Commitment deserves commitment are the latest watchwords from SSAFA a charity set up to help serving memebrs or ex memebrs of the armed forces in the UK. Local Caithness organiser Sharon Johns from Murkle is looking for volunteers to help her provide support to local members or ex-members of the armed forces in Caithness.
Revealing the past The Johnston Collection is a unique photographic archive of life in and around Wick, once the capital of the herring industry in Europe. Held in trust by the Wick Society, the collection consists of over 50,000 black and white images, taken by three generations of a local photographic firm from 1863-1975.
Brough Community Harbour Project For many years the slipway at Brough served as the landing point for supplies to Dunnet Head lighthouse. Battered by winter storms, the slipway was increasingly at risk of collapsing.
Turning to Wind Power Following its complete renewal in 2009 Mey Village Hall is a hub of activity from sports clubs and evening classes to markets and weddings. With a ground source heat pump, the Mey Village Hall Trust was already ‘going green’.
Rural community projects across the Highlands are celebrated in The Highland LEADER Programme’s ‘Revitalising Communities in the Highlands’ booklet launched at the full Highland Council on Europe Day earlier this month. Over 90 of the 358 local projects funded by the LEADER Programme are bought to life with quotes and photographs in the booklet.
Both Canisbay Primary in Caithness and Edderton Primary in Sutherland have been awarded funding to improve safety for pupils walking and cycling to and from school. The Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) Programme is funded by the Scottish Government with £237,000 available in Highland.
The Highland Council has joined a national campaign to give a stronger voice to children and young people in care and leaving care by tackling discrimination head on. Six looked after children from the Highlands, aged 14-17, signed up to the campaign at the National Young Persons Conference in Edinburgh today (Tuesday).
On the 25th May local adventurers will climb the UK’s biggest mountain in a challenge to raise money for local charities. Annie Hall from Bettyhill is a Reablement officer with NHS and works part time in North Coast Leisure Centre where she works as a Pool Lifeguards & Swimming Teacher.
Highland Magician with strong links to Caithness, Clive Grewcock is proving to be a talking point and creating a stir amongst private parties and more notably at pre-wedding gatherings. “At first it all sounds really crazy but from experience and the interest this aspect of performance Magic is attracting groups, and in particular bridal parties before the big day want this mystery magic which combines mental magic, mind reading and uncovering old stories ” The immediate conclusion is that it is paranormal stories but Clive points out that there is most definitely nothing supernatural about this, which is why it has been labelled as mystery magic.
A zero tolerance approach to littering in the Highlands has received cross party support from members of The Highland Council’s Transport, Environmental and Community (TEC) Services Committee. A number of measures to adopt zero tolerance including extending the powers of Community Wardens to issue fines were overwhelmingly approved by members including: zero tolerance on littering will be carried out with a degree of discretion; additional staff will be authorised to enforce the law relating to litter and fly-tipping; Waste Management and Environmental Health staff carry out joint enforcement days; the preparation and publication of a calendar of enforcement days on the Council’s website www.highland.gov.uk; and the Council encourages and supports local communities to organise events aimed at keeping their communities free of litter and improving the overall environment.
Joe is running from Landsend to John O'Groats in 50 days to raise money for a hospital in Nigeria. He has been going it alone with no back-up team and getting people to put him up along the way.
Scottish schools will be providing more food education for pupils thanks to a £1 million fund launched by Scottish government.. Supporting the aims of Curriculum for Excellence, the Food for Thought Education Fund will help pupils learn about all aspects of food.
A series of new Gaelic classes have taken off in Caithness and attendances are much higher than expected. The new purpose made course for beginners and intermediate learners of the language in the county has been well supported in Wick since it started in the Pulteney Centre at the end of March with 19 registered attendees.
Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is launching First World War: then and now, a £6million small grants programme to help communities mark the Centenary of the First World War. HLF is making at least £1million available per year for six years until 2019.