People living in or visiting Scotland are being urged to make 2013 their year to explore nature and landscapes. As part of the Year of Natural Scotland celebrations, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has outlined plans for a series of initiatives to promote nature and landscape.
The Big Lottery Fund has recently launched a new programme in conjunction with the Scottish Government - the Communities and Families fund. This joint fund offers small grants (of between £250 and £10,000) to support projects working with young children (pre-birth to 8 years) and their parents.
For people where play is an important part of their work or local community, a seminar has been organised on Monday 4 March in Inverness. Around 60 teachers and practitioners have already signed up for the seminar which will take place in Highland Council’s headquarters at Glenurquhart Road.
Northern Constabulary are advising members of the public to be aware of possible telephone scams that may be operating in the Highlands after recent reports from members of the public and local businesses. Police in the Ross and Cromarty area were alerted to a phone scam on Tuesday 5 February 2013 after an unknown caller managed to obtain bank details from an elderly man.
From 30th April 2013 we will no longer be providing temporary accommodation (refuge) in the Caithness and Sutherland area. At this time we will be moving to an outreach only service with office bases in the Thurso, Wick and Golspie areas.
‘How can funding from onshore wind farms be used to benefit Caithness?’. RWE npower renewables (RWE NRL) is encouraging local people in Caithness to take part in the Caithness Conversation, a discussion about how the community funds linked to wind farms can best be used to support the area.
Primary and secondary pupils and students from the North Highland College are among the many people that are preparing to set out how they want their towns to be developed in the future, as they prepare to take part in the Wick and Thurso Charrettes. This is the first time in Scotland this format will have been used to input into a local development plan.
“InFesTaTion” - “Peter’s Pals” Young Curator’s Club Art Workshop & Launch Of The “Portable Museum Of Curiosity”. Sunday 20th January 2013 saw the launch of Caithness Horizons new “Peter’s Pals” - Young Curator’s Club with a Penguin-themed workshop delivered by Sandie Robb, Senior Education Officer from The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
John O’Groats Mill in Caithness is to receive a Historic Scotland Building Repair Grant of £221,316. It is one of six historic sites in Scotland to benefit from this latest round of funding totalling £587,049.
Newsletter January 2013 Happy New Year to all! This year looks like being even busier than last for the committee AND for all our members as we get more actively involved in planning and monitoring services for older people across the Highlands. ‘Nothing about us without us’ has to be more than a slogan.
Article from Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2011 Some Highlights of Natural History in 2010 (by Bob Dawson, Ken Butler and Donald Omand) The Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) in Caithness in 2010 (by Bob Dawson) (Bob Dawson is the Scottish Conservation Officer for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – Ed) Summary This was a very successful year, although the season was about two weeks later than last year. Many more people reported seeing, and are now more familiar with, the Great Yellow Bumblebee.
People with diabetes across Scotland are to receive new feet checks in hospital as the latest figures reveal over 1,350 Scots have lost a leg due to the illness. Diabetes is the leading cause of lower-limb amputation as it reduces the amount of blood reaching the feet, leading to a loss of sensation and gangrene.
People in the Highlands are being urged to enter local schools, nurseries or individuals into the Scottish Education Awards 2013 before the deadline for submissions on Friday 22 February 2013. The awards, which celebrate the achievements of schools and teachers across Scotland, have attracted hundreds of nominations so far but many more schools and individuals are worthy of acknowledgment.
There are many web sites giving advice on a range of related topics connected to safety online. With Internet Safety Day on 5th February 2013 it might pay for parents, teachers, youth workers and indeed all of us to consider looking at one or two.
Have you ever wanted to ask why Facebook is only for over 13’s? Or find out what the next “Big Thing” will be in the tech world? Well now you can. This year, Safer Internet Day Radio is offering you the chance to put your questions to an expert panel including Kate Russell, one of the UK’s favourite Technology Journalists, [AT]katerussell, A policy representative from Facebook, and our own Helpline amongst others.
The theme for Safer Internet Day 2013 is Online Rights and Responsibilities with the slogan “Connect with Respect”. Safer Internet Day 2013 will take place on 5th February, and this will be the tenth anniversary of the event.
Elise Lyall School Of Dancing Saturday 2nd February 2.00 - 4.00pm Wick Assembly Rooms Everyone who is involved in Highland dancing has outfits that they are trying to sell or are looking for second hand outfits to buy! This is a chance for people to bring along any outfits, pumps, jig shoes etc you have to sell all clearly labelled with contact info and price. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Entry Fee - £2.00 (includes refreshments) Baking and bottle stalls will be there raising money for 2013 Canada trip! ~~~~~~~~~~~ Unfortunately we are not able to take responsibility for any outfits; it is up to the seller to look after their own outfits on the day.
Last week David Stewart signed up to Scottish Environment LINK’s ‘Wildlife Proclamation’ to become a wildlife champion. By signing up Mr Stewart is promising to work with the organisation to make Scotland and the Highlands and Islands a better place for wildlife.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has published a new guide providing advice to community organisations for managing funds generated from renewable energy projects. As an economic development agency with a particular and unique remit to strengthen communities, HIE recognises the importance of this opportunity.
Today (Thursday 31st January) Comic Relief can exclusively reveal new details about this year’s Red Nose Day campaign, with information about this year’s Noses, T-shirt designs and the big night of TV released for the first time. Jessie J, Stella McCartney, One Direction, the team currently battling the Zambezi and many more celebrities are all doing their bit for this year’s Red Nose Day and now it’s time for everyone in the UK to buy their Nose and get ready for a bumper Red Nose Day, in this its 25th year.