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Paul Monaghan Public MeetingsThumbnail for article : Paul Monaghan Public Meetings
Friday 19th May - Pentland Hotel, Thurso Tuesday 30th May - Britannia Hall, Dunnnet Friday 2nd June - Bettyhill Village Hall.  
Set at St.  John's Pool Bird Reserve near Dunnet Head.  
Orca Watch At Duncansby Head Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th May
Duncansby Head Join Orca Watch founder, Colin Bird, as he watches for orcas! You can come along for as little or as long as you like, but if you think you can offer upwards of an hour please drop us a line so we can get organised! Please dress sensibly for changeable weather and bring the food and drink you may require for the length of your watch.  Please note that the nearest toilet facilities are three miles away in John O'Groats.  
Apply Now: First Minister Mentoring Programme - Young Women Aged 18 - 23Thumbnail for article : Apply Now: First Minister Mentoring Programme - Young Women Aged 18 - 23
Imagine what you could achieve with Scotland's First Minister beside you? We are working with the Scottish Government to find an aspiring young woman (aged 18 to 23 on the 8th March 2017 - International Women's Day) to be mentored by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.   Mentoring is a powerful way of helping young women achieve their goals and will help to create a new generation of positive role models to inspire other young women.  
Duncraig Educational Trust Scheme - Closing Date 31st May
The Duncraig Educational Trust Scheme can provide financial assistance to young Highland people who meet the essential criteria for the scheme.  These are: Young people with an exceptional or unique talent And, who attend or attended secondary school in the Highland Council area Or, whose parents or grandparents attended a Highland secondary school for a minimum of two years There are two categories of award with different age groups being eligible to apply for each category: Sports grants are available for 14 to 25 year olds who have been selected to participate in sporting events at national or international level and, or who require specialist sports coaching, training or equipment to compete at national or international level Grants for 16 to 25 year olds undertaking specialist courses of study in arts, language and heritage, science and environment and or to purchase specialist equipment for such courses To apply go to -  
Funding Opportunity for Community Youth Projects: think Big with O2
Telecoms provider O2 "Think Big with O2" youth programme is currently open for applications.  The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to use digital technology to make positive changes to their communities.  
Funding Opportunity - DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
Applications working in the areas of education or health with one of our three chosen focus groups are selected or considered: - Children and young people with disabilities - Children and young people who are sick in hospital - Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care) If favoured, grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.  The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year).  
Funding Opportunity - FCC Environment Scottish Action Fund
The FCC Scottish Action Fund offers funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 to projects from FCC Environment through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.   Local Authorities, charities, parish councils, church or community organisations and voluntary groups can apply for funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 for land reclamation works; community recycling projects; the provision of public amenities and parks; biodiversity projects; and the maintenance or restoration of historic buildings.  
Funding Opportunity - Creative Scotland: Youth Music Initiative Funding
Creative Scotland administers the Scottish Government's Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme which in 2017-18 will: - Create access to high-quality music-making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 years, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate.  - Enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music making.  
Funding Opportunity - People's Health Trust - Active Communities Funding Programme
The People's Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain.  Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, People's Health Trust opens in different areas at different times throughout the year.  
Funding Opportunity - Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
The next deadline for applications to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is 1st September 2017.  Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply.  
Funding Opportunity - Valuing the expertise of people living with dementia
"Valuing the expertise of people living with dementia".   Concept notes as a first stage application should be submitted by 28th May 2017.  
Statement To CHAT From Labour Candidate Olivia Bell
Caithness Health Action Team.   CHAT's decision to withdraw from the Caithness Maternity and Gynaecological Group should make every politician sit up and take notice.  
Challenge to SNP and Tories in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from LabourThumbnail for article : Challenge to SNP and Tories in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from Labour
Candidates standing for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in the General Election have been challenged to spell out what action they would take to support local health campaigners if elected as an MP.   Scottish Labour's Olivia Bell said she was keen that the action part of supporting the local community wasn't lost in hot air and fine words.  
Funding Opportunity - TSB - Help And support
Since 2015, nearly 1000 independent, local good causes have benefited from over £1m donated by TSB and its Partners.   Now is the time to nominate your charity.  
Book Bug WeekThumbnail for article : Book Bug Week
Bookbug Week is coming: 15-21 May! Take part in Bookbug Week with us by joining in with a whole week of FREE, special events taking place all over Scotland for families with babies and young children.   This year's theme is Bookbug's Big Giggle, and there will be a whole host of fun story, song and rhyme activities taking place in local libraries and community venues.  
Mad Hatters Tea Party In Aid Of CHATThumbnail for article : Mad Hatters Tea Party In Aid Of CHAT
Saturday 27th May 2017.   Tickets available to Thurso and Wick Eye Candy shops.  
This Foster Care Fortnight, could you help transform children's lives in Highland?Thumbnail for article : This Foster Care Fortnight, could you help transform children's lives in Highland?
Highland Council Fostering and Adoption service is issuing a call for at least 20 more foster families in the Highland Council area to come forward and be assessed as Foster Care Fortnight 2017 begins across the UK.   According to The Fostering Network, the UK's leading fostering charity which runs Foster Care Fortnight, over 7,000 more people with the right skills and experience are needed to offer loving, stable and secure homes to children and young people across the UK.  
Dunbeath To Lybster WalkThumbnail for article : Dunbeath To Lybster Walk
Join us for a walk along the breath taking cliff tops of Caithness for the 3rd in our series of 7 ranger guided walks along the East Coast, following the John O'Groats Trail.  There's a lot to see on this walk - two beautiful harbours, sea stacks and nesting seabirds, coastal flora and a ruined Norse keep.  
Ranger Events in May
Armadale Burn Guided Walk Wednesday 10th May 2017.  10am - 1pm.