Wick Path Group Event- Saturday 24th August

Calling all volunteers there will be a work day on Saturday 24th from 9am laying Plainings along March Raod [Parallel with wick Cementery]. This will be a big job so bring along a snack/lunch but it is ok if you can only stay for a short time. If you have a shovel and/or wheelbarrow can you bring this too please.  Suggest parking in the Retail Park.as parking limited.  If you are interested contact John  secretary@wickcommunitycouncil.com

PVG Disclosure Bill Information Session

The training will take place on Tuesday 3rd September 10am-noon at the Pulteney Centre in Wick.

This event, delivered by Volunteer Scotland will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the PVG Disclosure Bill in greater detail. The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill sets out ways to make the disclosure process simpler and easier to understand. 

Some of the proposals in the bill include:

  • issuing all disclosures under one act
  • reducing the number of disclosure products
  • using digital services to make employment checks quicker and reduce the burden on employers and applicants
  • extra clarity on who qualifies for the PVG Scheme
  • giving applicants more control over their disclosure data
  • more fair and transparent review processes

It also proposes to make vulnerable groups safer by:

  • requiring everyone who works with vulnerable groups to become a member of the PVG Scheme
  • giving more powers to Police Scotland, and more referral powers to local authorities and Health and Social Care partnerships
  • giving more focus on the people who have actual power over children and protected adults, rather than using their job title to decide whether they need to become a member
  • This training is free, to book a space contact yvonne@cvg.org.uk or helen@cvg.org.uk 01955603453

Business volunteering at Wick Riverside

Highland & Island Enterprise Staff making a difference in Wick

On a lovely summer day last week the staff of the Highland and Island Enterprise [HIE] were out of the Thurso office to lend a hand to Wick Riverside Volunteers.   HIE supports staff members to volunteer during working hours as part of their commitment to community engagement.

Everyone rolled up their sleeves and helped to paint benches, weed flowerbeds and clear paths.  Ruth Falconer, a volunteer with Wick Riverside Volunteers said “ What a massive difference you made and the riverside now looks beautiful, wonderful Caithness spirit”   she also wants to thank local business, McAllan’s paint shop, O’Brian’s construction, Birons Ironmongers, the Wood Yard, Highland Council, North Highland Harriers and Caithness Voluntary Group for their support and donations of material.

If you are a business able to offer corporate support to a community group, contact Catherine at Caithness Voluntary Group and she will be happy to liaise with everyone to make a difference to your local area.

People’s Postcode Lottery

Local charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £20,000 from a pot worth over £3 million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities, to community groups and social enterprises, can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. Applications are open from Wednesday 31 July for two weeks, until 14 August. The funding is available through three different trusts, all of which are funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

People's Postcode Trust provides funding for projects in Great Britain There are two funding rounds a year during which eligible organisations can apply. Those successful at Stage 1 progress to Stage 2. If successful at Stage 2, the organisation will receive the total funds requested in their application. To find out more go to https://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/


Holiday Club, Pulteneytown Parish Church

PREPARATIONS are well under way for an action-packed week of fun and learning at the holiday club run by Pulteneytown Parish Church in Argyle Square, Wick, starting on Monday, August 12.

The holiday club, run by a team of church volunteers, has taken place annually for more than 30 years and is always a firm favourite with the large number of children who attend. In addition to learning about Bible characters, the youngsters can choose to take part in activities such as arts and crafts, drama, dance, football and movie-making. Afternoon outings include trips to Reiss beach and Dunnet Forest.

Breakout is a special programme in the evenings where activities are aimed at the high school age group. All parents and friends are invited to the Big Celebration on the final Sunday evening in the church at 7pm where the children will be presenting an overall picture of the week’s events.

Registration for the holiday club takes place on Saturday, August 10, from 10am to noon at the church. Children who are due to start P2 upwards after the summer holidays are welcome to register – the cost for the week is £10. The high school age group can sign up for free registration to Breakout, also on August 10 (from 7-8pm).