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New service reduces isolation for people with sight loss
Being told you will lose some or all of your vision can be devastating news.   But now a new service, based within Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, will offer emotional and practical support to people across all of the Highlands who have been diagnosed with sight loss.  
Transforming Business, Society, and Self with U.Lab
Join the global movement to build a new economy by co-sensing and co-creating the emerging future.   The Castletown Ulabscot# hub was created in 2015 where local people were able to join together in learning and creating a new future, an emerging idea and an inspired vision of what the future holds for our community and our country.  
Mixed fortunes for seabirds in East CaithnessThumbnail for article : Mixed fortunes for seabirds in East Caithness
A new report shows a mixed picture of population increases and declines for many seabirds in a protected natural area in East Caithness - though with some faring better than seabirds nationally.   The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report on the East Caithness Cliffs Special Protection Area (SPA) found that there has been an increase in the numbers of razorbills, great black-backed gulls and European Shags since the previous count in 1999.  
The Castletown Ulabscot# hubThumbnail for article : The Castletown Ulabscot# hub
A large number of people interested in bringing to life ideas about making Scotland a better, fairer place to live are taking part in a free online course called 'U Lab' from September 2015.  This video captures the spirit of the third of three 'warm up' events hosted by the Scottish Government.  
What is a MOOC?Thumbnail for article : What is a MOOC?
NorthLink Ferries Hosts Unique Wildlife Cruise From Stromness
Northern Isles nature lovers are set to experience a trip of a lifetime this Sunday (22 May) in celebration of Orkney Nature Festival.   NorthLink Ferries is offering islanders and mainland visitors the chance to board MV Hamnavoe from Stromness for a wildlife cruise around the coastline of the scenic island of Hoy, offering a unique opportunity to spot birds and marine life.  
Clowns of the OceanThumbnail for article : Clowns of the Ocean
Enjoy an illustrated talk on 'An Introduction to Caithness Seabirds' with some coffee/tea & home baking before taking a short walk to view a puffin colony in the Dunbeath area.   3rd June 2016.  
Newton Hill Community Woodland Volunteering Day - Sat 21st MayThumbnail for article : Newton Hill Community Woodland Volunteering Day - Sat 21st May
Newton Hill Community Woodland Volunteering Day - Tree/Site maintenance Sat 21st May 11am to 3.30pm Everyone is welcome to come along and lend a little help.   What to bring: gloves, drinks, snack, suitable outdoor footwear & clothing.  
Caithness Health Area Team - CHAT - New Group To Lobby On Caithness Health MattersThumbnail for article : Caithness Health Area Team - CHAT - New Group To Lobby On Caithness Health Matters
Maternity Unit In Crisis Consultants - Too Many Locums A new local lobbying group "CHAT" Caithness Health Action Team has been formed by a group of local Caithness people concerned about a variety of matters affecting health services in Caithness.   These vary from Maternity where many more mothers in recent times are being sent to Raigmore hospital in Inverness, Lack of consultants, Locum cover, Lack of GP's.  
Are You Towing Legally?Thumbnail for article : Are You Towing Legally?
Are You Towing Legally? If you passed your driving test on or after 1st January 1997 and you now want to tow certain trailers, a horsebox or caravan, you may, by law, have to pass a specific practical test.  This would give you a B + E entitlement on your driving licence.  
Cant Cook, Could Foster
You don't have to be a good cook to foster, revealed children and young people in foster care as part of a new survey conducted by The Fostering Network to mark the start of Foster Care Fortnight 2016 (16-29 May).   Instead the overwhelming call was for foster carers who can provide them with security, support and love.  
Final preparations in hand to welcome refugees to Highland
Highland Community Planning Partners have confirmed that they are now ready to receive 4 Syrian refugee families to the Highlands in the next few weeks.   A working group of officers and volunteers from The Highland Council, Police Scotland, NHS Highland, and Highland Third Sector Interface have been putting final preparations in place for housing, education and health support for the families.  
Peatlands Walks in the Flow Country
A programme of free guided walks led by The Highland Council Rangers on behalf of the Flows to the Future Project starts in earnest next week.  This series of walks takes place across the Flow Country and west coast peatlands from Wednesday 18 May 2016.  
Funds of £6.6m available from the Highland LEADER Programme
The Highland LEADER Programme is now open to receive applications with funding of over £6.6m available for projects which will benefit communities across the Highlands.   LEADER is an EU Fund aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas.  
Recycling - What Do We All Need To do?Thumbnail for article : Recycling - What Do We All Need To do?
Watch this short video..  
Highlands Welcomes the Community Empowerment ActThumbnail for article : Highlands Welcomes the Community Empowerment Act
A short introduction to the Community Empowerment Act, including input from the Highland Third Sector Interface, Highland Council, NHS Highland, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.   To read the legislation go to Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act The Community Empowerment Act will help to empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them.  
Primary school pupils gear up to become "Safe Young Highlanders"
Hundreds of local primary seven pupils will be looking forward to taking part in the forthcoming ‘Safe Young Highlander' event which is being coordinated by the charity High Life Highland on behalf of The Highland Council, Community Planning Partners and the many other organisations involved.   The popular annual event is designed to give the pupils a positive, interactive experience increasing their knowledge in community safety, health and crime prevention.  
Applications open to bag a share up to £12,000 for community projectsThumbnail for article : Applications open to bag a share up to £12,000 for community projects
TESCO are inviting local community groups and good causes to apply for their share of a £12MILLION carrier bag charge fund.   The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 - all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.  
The walk to school needs to be safer to improve our childrens happiness in ScotlandThumbnail for article : The walk to school needs to be safer to improve our childrens happiness in Scotland
More than half of Scottish parents see a noticeable improvement in their children's happiness after they walk to school, new research has found.   National charity Living Streets conducted research with parents of primary school children in Scotland and found that half see an improvement in their child's mood (52%) and behaviour (49%) after they've done physical activity.