Local Windfarm Funds Closing Dates

Stroupster closing dates changing – This year the Fund structure will be tweaked to take into account feedback that two rounds per year is not enough and that a shorter gap between funding rounds would be more helpful. The Panel has launched its new calendar of funding rounds with three rounds per year and a lesser gap of four months between rounds. The closing dates are now: 15th March, 15th July and 15th November.

Achlachan Fund for the Halkirk Community Council area has now launched – There will be four closing dates through the year: 15th March, 15th June, 15th September and 15th December.

The Tannach Trust is seeking new Panel members from the Tannach and District Community Council area. Anybody interested should contact Eilidh on 07801 530218 or eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk

Tesco Bags of help centenary grants

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants 
To mark their 100th year, Tesco have launched Bags of Help Centenary Grants. They would like to encourage you to apply and to promote the grants to your networks.
Apply for a Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant

Bags of Help Centenary Grants are now open for applications for £25,000 from not for profit organisations for a broad range of projects that will provide community benefit across a whole region, or a significant part of it. Scotland is divided into five special regions where customers can vote for their favourite project:

1. Highland and Islands / North East Scotland

2. Mid Scotland

3. West Scotland

4. Central Scotland

5. South Scotland

Grants will be awarded to not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies, local authorities and social housing providers. Three projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Scotland, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of £25,000, second place receiving £15,000 and third place £10,000.The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme, and projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.

Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.
For more details and how to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/centenarygrantscot  


The Big Lunch workshop

There is a  free community workshop on The Big Lunch, taking place in The Royal British Legion Social Club, Riverside Road, Thurso, KW14 8BU on Tuesday 26th February from 11am – 2pm.

The workshop will explore why The Big Lunch – whether it consists of 4 people, 400, or anything in between – is such a great thing to be part of and such a simple and enjoyable way to change your community for the better. The Big Lunch will take place across the country this year on the 1st and 2nd of June, and we are hoping that the good folk of Caithness will to come to a friendly, celebratory halt as neighbours from all over the community take the plunge and sit down to share food, friendship and fun together.

Over 40,000 people in Scotland took part in The Big Lunch last year and those who did report feeling more connected, less lonely and more empowered to make positive change where they live as a result of doing so.

In fact, of those people who took part in The Big Lunch in 2018:

  • 82% felt it had a positive impact on their community
  • 78% thought their community was a nicer place to live as a result
  • 77% felt more confident at getting involved in community activities
  • 80% thought it led to a reduction in loneliness
  • 74% made new friends that they wanted to stay in touch with

So please join us at our Big Lunch Community Workshop in Thurso to discuss how and why you might help to organise a Big Lunch in your street, building, garden, community centre, local park – or anywhere else you want to!

Please note that the workshop is for information and inspiration only and attending does not commit you to holding a Big Lunch! The last hour of the workshop will be a mini Big Lunch of our own, so please bring along some food to share. Anything from salads to sandwiches to biscuits is absolutely fine. As long as it doesn’t need to be heated up, it will be perfect! Teas and coffees will be provided.

You can sign up using the Eventbrite link below, and please help us to spread the word by forwarding this invitation to anyone else in the community you think might wish to attend.

Also, please help us to spread the word by sharing the link below on any social media channels you use:


Community Consultation




Tuesday 19 th February at


10.45 to 1.30 followed by light lunch

I would like to invite you to our consultation day. We want to hear of inequalities in Wick for people within this target group, also we want agencies or groups to tell us how they are affected by these issues.

The only way to do this is to have an open and frank conversation to hear the views of everyone. It would be beneficial if agencies or group representatives coming can identify and take along service users or members of the public who will be willing to take part in the consultation. We hope to have small group discussions/ workshop around individual tables and guest speakers from agencies, groups and substance users. These talks will hopefully reveal what we, as a community need to focus on or deliver in Wick.

The PPP are looking at exploring a holistic multi agency approach similar to that being run in Lothian

where service users are delivered a person centred service using multi agencies delivering a seamless service to the community.


The information you give will be fed back to the Wick and Community Locality Plans.

RSVP by 16th Feb


on 07501494014, 01955608530, jennifer.harvey@pppwick.org.uk


                                                      FUNDED BY ASPIRING COMMUNITY FUND