A young voter registration form that will give young people the right to have their say on the opportunity of independence for Scotland has been endorsed after independent testing, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed. The Young Voter Registration form was developed by the Scottish Government to enable eligible 15-year-olds to register for the forthcoming vote on independence, as part of the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.
Free vitamin supplements for children, pregnant women and new mothers on low incomes will now be more widely available to encourage greater uptake. The Healthy Start scheme provides vitamin supplements to low income families, in addition to vouchers towards the cost of milk, fruit and vegetables.
Message Received at Caithness.org About Joe Mbu who is walking and running for a special charity in Nigeria. "He has been running since Good Friday 29th March and as he has insisted on doing this without a support team, I am sad he could finish this alone - so...
The Scottish Government has just launched a 12 week consultation on the Statutory Guidance and Regulations which will accompany the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. The document contains draft statutory guidance on the values, principles, legal duties and powers associated with social care assessment, support planning and review.
“Inaugural Meeting of the Great Guild of Museologists” Museums at Night is Culture24's UK-wide festival of inspiring after hours cultural events in Museums and Galleries. It runs from Thursday 16th May until Saturday 18th May 2013.
The Highland Council is hoping to recruit more foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight, which this year is entitled “Get in the Frame”. It runs from today (Monday 13 May) until Sunday 26 May.
Work got under way on Friday 10th May 2013 on the demolition of The Highland Council’s Caithness HQ at Market Place, Wick in readiness for an £8 million redevelopment of the town centre site as modern Council office accommodation. The Council has awarded a contract to Morgan Sindall to carry out the redevelopment of Market Place.
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Medicines Waste campaign in a bid to reduce the amount of medicine that is being wasted across the area. Medicines waste is a big issue with up to half of medicines not being taken as prescribed and there is an estimated £3m a year spent in Highland on medicines that end up not being used.
A new group is in the process of being set up for the Riverbank Medical Practice in Thurso and held their first meeting on the 8th of May 2013. It was arranged following a successful open day which was held on 26th March.
Game On Scotland great opportunity for Far North schools to get involved in Glasgow 2014. Local MP John Thurso is encouraging local schools to get involved in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by signing up for the educational opportunities available through the Game On Scotland educational programme.
BETTYHILL pupil Hayley Blackman has won a prestigious essay competition run by a firm of Caithness solicitors. Open to all S4, S5 and S6 pupils in the county and North Sutherland, the competition, organised by Wick solicitors BBM, was aimed at encouraging local youngsters by fostering their writing skills.
Stornoway Black Pudding has been granted Protected Geographical Indicator status by the European Commission this morning (8th May 2013). The PGI status means that only black pudding produced in the town or parish of Stornoway on Lewis can be sold as Stornoway Black Pudding.
SCOTTISH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE LAUNCHES NEW INQUIRY INTO THE IMPACT OF THE BEDROOM TAX & OTHER CHANGES TO HOUSING BENEFIT IN SCOTLAND. In 2011, the UK’s Coalition Government launched a programme of welfare reform, including reform of the Housing Benefits system.
The Battle of Altimarlach - 13 July 1680 By Malcolm Caithness 2010 marked the 330th anniversary of the Battle of Altimarlach, near Wick, and as part of our International Clan Gathering that year, the Sinclairs visited the site of the battle to commemorate the event. An account of the battle can be found on the web at www.caithness.org/history/historyofcaithness/chapter11/index.htm and this is the story as we were told it.
A national campaign has been launched to encourage people across Scotland to consider walking or cycling instead of taking short car journeys. The campaign carries the message ‘Not far? Leave the car’ and aims to highlight that making active travel choices for short journeys, rather than using the car, can make the environment cleaner and greener, improving people’s health and wellbeing.
Scottish families will save costs equivalent to around £700 per child, in funded early learning and childcare under proposals by the Scottish Government. Under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, children will be entitled to an additional 125 hours of early learning and childcare a year.
A volunteer information day is being held by Caithness Voluntray Group on Thursday 9th May 2013 in Harpers Club, Back Bridge Street, Wick from 12.00 noon until 4.00pm. If you would like information about local groups where you can volunteer or offer services to your community then get along to see what is being done in the area.
The children of Thrumster Nursery took part in collecting shoe boxes for the Caithness shoe box appeal a few months ago. They managed to collect a grand total of sixteen boxes which will be distributed to the elderly in the county.
A few photos from a special evening session at Norlin Play Group, Wick..