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Delivering flexible childcare
FM sets out funding options for next phase of ‘childcare revolution'.   Quality, choice and flexibility will be placed at the heart of Scotland's childcare revolution under new funding proposals unveiled for consultation by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.  
Specialist service for victims of violence
Scottish Women's Rights Centre expands to Dundee and the Highlands.   Advice and support for victims of gender based violence will be expanded after Justice Secretary Michael Matheson confirmed an extra £665,000 over two years.  
Hi-Scot Credit Union Celebrates 10 YearsThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Celebrates 10 Years
HI-Scot Credit Union celebrated its 10th Birthday on Wednesday 12 October 2016.   Since HI-Scot first opened its doors in late 2016, it has provided loan and savings products to its members.  
Library In Thurso Raising Funds To Improve Its ServiceThumbnail for article : Library In Thurso Raising Funds To Improve Its Service
Recycling Books and DVD's is to be one way local libraries can raise funds for new items.   If you would like to help and get a bargain at the same time then head to Thurso library on the day of the sale..  
Schools rise to reading challengeThumbnail for article : Schools rise to reading challenge
Children embrace love of books.   More than 1,000 schools across Scotland have signed up to an initiative to get children reading for pleasure.  
World Porridge Day
International Development Minister comments from Malawi.   Minister for International Development Dr Allan has a porridge breakfast with Mary meals staff in Malawi to mark World Porridge Day.  
World gender equality
Speed mentoring event for UN International Day of the Girl.   Gender equality is a basic right that should be recognised by communities and governments around the world 365 days of the year, Equalities Secretary Angela Constance has said on the UN International Day of the Girl.  
Thurso litter bustersThumbnail for article : Thurso litter busters
Thurso Beach in Caithness had virtually every little piece of litter removed yesterday (Wednesday 5 October 2016) thanks to the hard work of pupils from Mount Pleasant Primary School.   The Keep Scotland Beautiful registered beach clean was undertaken by the Primary 4 and 5 classes and the P4 Gaelic medium class.  
Young Mums Group - Thurso and WickThumbnail for article : Young Mums Group - Thurso and Wick
Take look at what is on offer and think about joining in..  
Highland Countryside Rangers gear up for extra events in OctoberThumbnail for article : Highland Countryside Rangers gear up for extra events in October
The Rangers are planning a series of exciting events such as guided walks and children's activities throughout the Highlands.  "There is something here for everyone" says Eilidh-Ann Phillips, Senior Ranger for South Highlands.  
Parents urged to get 2-5 year olds ready to fight fluThumbnail for article : Parents urged to get 2-5 year olds ready to fight flu
National childhood flu immunisation programme gets underway.   Parents are being encouraged to join the fight against flu this winter, by ensuring children aged 2 -5 get their flu vaccination.  
Sunday 2 October 2016 Walk for Highland Archaeology Festival Seeking hut circles using Li.  Dar images - Geoff Leet to lead.  
North MSP asks Government what action they are taking to protect batsThumbnail for article : North MSP asks Government what action they are taking to protect bats
A 2013 study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin estimated that wind turbines inadvertently kill many bats a year across the UK alone.   Conservationists believe bats ,which are a protected species, are dying while hunting insects that are attracted by the heat generated by turbine blades.  
Loch Ness Knit Fest - Four Days International CraftingThumbnail for article : Loch Ness Knit Fest - Four Days International Crafting
29 September - 2 October 2016.   There is still time to book some of the many events in the 2016 Loch Ness Knitting Festival taking place at Eden Court in Inverness Loch Ness Knit Fest - an exciting and innovative four-day festival for the international crafting community to be held in the heart of the Highlands.  
Your cash your Caithness
Caithness Members of The Highland Council have set aside £30,000 from their Ward Discretionary Budgets to let the local community once again decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area.   Whether locals want to organise a dance for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention idea, a lunch club for older residents, a community art project, the only limit is their imagination.  
Highland Independent Councillors Launch New Web SiteThumbnail for article : Highland Independent Councillors Launch New Web Site The majority of councillors in Highland are independents with no party allegiances.   Once they were the majority like Shetland and Orkney but the new voting system with multi-member wards reduced their numbers giving political parties more representation.  
North MSP raises concerns about NHS 24 service
Highlands & Islands (Including Moray) MSP, Rhoda Grant, has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robinson, about her concerns in relation to the level of care applied to the service provided to constituents in the Highlands & Islands region by NHS 24.   This follows contact she has had from the son of an elderly constituent resident within the region.  
Highlands and Islands Regional MSP debates Domestic Abuse in Parliament
Highlands& Islands Regional MSP (Includes Moray and Argyll & Bute) Rhoda Grant, has for some time been at the forefront of the debate on all aspects of Domestic Abuse and in particular the support and services offered to victims.   In recent months she has proposed and written to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, on the need for dedicated Domestic Abuse Courts.  
Improving oral healthThumbnail for article : Improving oral health
Dentists and their patients are being asked to give their views on a new plan to further improve Scotland's oral health.   Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, met dentists and patients as she launched a consultation at East Craigs Dental Practice in Edinburgh today.  
Over 5000 Kids Seen By Highland Rangers So Far In 2016Thumbnail for article : Over 5000 Kids Seen By Highland Rangers So Far In 2016
Over 5000 North Highland pupils have undertaken a project with the Highland Council's Rangers so far this year.   It has been a really busy year in the North Highlands for The Highland Council's Countryside Ranger team.