Part of the Highland Third Sector Interface and a member of Voluntary Action Scotland Interface Network


Welcome to the Caithness Voluntary Group HTSI Websitetelford_house

Caithness Voluntary Group exists to support the voluntary sector in Caithness by representing and supporting voluntary groups and individuals interested in or actively volunteering, facilitating co-operation, and enabling citizens to access the decision making processes affecting their community.

It aims to present the common policies and concerns of voluntary organisations, to develop new ways of responding to need in partnership with statutory and other health, social work, education, environmental and recreation agencies and others concerned with the social and economic regeneration of the area.

Caithness Voluntary Group is a partner in the Highland Third Sector Interface. Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) was formed from a partnership which involved eight existing members from across the Highland region. The interface was formalised in 2012 and was officially launched on the 4th of March 2013. The Third Sector Interface works together with the eight partners to deliver, amongst other services, four specific themes of work as agreed by the Scottish Government:

•Volunteering Development

•Social Enterprise Development

•Supporting and Developing a Strong Third Sector

•Building the Third Sector Relationship with a Community Plan

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If you want to meet other volunteers come along to a free coffee morning in the Royal British Legion and Wick Assembly Rooms on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June respectively.  10am-12noon, drop in.







Attention all Groups, annual nominations for the Jean Macdonald Cup for voluntary endeavour *Deadline 3rd June 2016*


We are appealing for your nominations again for the Jean Macdonald cup for volunteering.  This year there is a change to the criteria.  Instead of the cup going to an individual volunteer, we are looking for nominations from groups. 

We would like you to nominate a group with volunteers or volunteers and paid staff who have implemented a change to their provision to meet a demand identified in the community.

We would like you to nominate a group with either volunteers or volunteers and paid staff who have implemented a change to their provision to meet a demand identified in the community.

The group must show initiative in identifying a need to change or improve. This takes a lot of time and creativity and we recognise the need to say ‘Thank You’. Tell us about the benefits this has brought about and the impact made.  For example, has your group created a new project to develop its services or encouraged diversity in your volunteer recruitment.

We will provide you with some guidance on what we are looking for so that you can include as much information as possible in your nomination form. This is what we will use to assist in our decision of choosing a winner.

This is some brief background information about Jean Macdonald.   Jean was a volunteer with fifty years’ service to her community in a variety of roles. She worked at Laurandy Centre in Wick for seventeen years, attending regularly twice a week to bake pancakes and join in with our activities. Her volunteering covered all age groups and many activities.

Jean agreed to donate a cup which would highlight the commitment to volunteering which would show appreciation for the efforts of individuals and also groups who support their community. Jeans wishes were that people nominated had some involvement in a caring or supportive role.

So if you are a member, service user, board member or simply someone who has noticed improvements within a group, then this is your opportunity to say, “Thank you.” to an organisation that recognises the strengths of volunteering.

Nomination forms and guidance notes are available from Catherine Patterson at Caithness Voluntary Group Tel; 01955 605002  or Margaret Allan Tel; 01955 606567     Deadline for returned forms is Friday 3rd June

Print Nomination form > Nomination form 2016

Guidance Notes> Guidance notes new 2016