Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2019 is now open for applications!

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2019 is now open for applications! Volunteering Matters Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering.Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmentaxl activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands.

They can also offer Action Earth Enhanced Grants 2019 up to £500 for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Contact Robert Henderson if you wish to discuss eligibility and availability of this enhanced level grant.

They prioritise applications from volunteer groups who do any of the following:

•       Work in areas where there is substantial social or economic deprivation
•       Improve and develop the health and wellbeing of their local community
•       Involve disabled people, vulnerable people or those at risk of exclusion
•       Encourage and involve people under 26 in practical outdoor conservation

They also consider applications that make a major environmental impact or involve mass participation. 








Laurandy Day Care Centre Project manager job

The Laurandy Centre is currently seeking to recruit an experienced project manager at its project in Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

The Laurandy Centre is a registered day support service of older people in need of care. The organisation is a third sector organisation and funded as a commissioned service by NHS. Twenty four people attend daily. The Organisation has an excellent reputation as a local care provider. You should have qualifications at SVQ level 4 or above in Health and Social Care along with Leadership and Management. Also, some business management training would be beneficial to the running of the project. Transitional support will be available.

Person Specification:

A strong track record at a management level in the care sector.

  • Ability to use your initiative and work independently.
  • You’ll support the delivery of the quality care we're known for and promote the service locally.
  • You will lead by example and monitor standards through regular audits.
  • Experience of development within a service where improvements were demonstrated leading to the enhancement of the service for those in attendance.

For further information about our service and the role of the Project Manager, including salary and/or an application contact

Margaret Allan, 01955606567, margaret.allan@laurandycentre.org.uk, The closing date for applications is Friday 10th. May.


Get outside and volunteer this week

  Become a Friend of the John O Groat Trail and come along to volunteer on Thursday 18th at Freswick.  Get ouside while making a difference to improve the area for the     enjoyment of local people and tourists.

Tree Planting

Newton Hill Croft Woodland are holding tree planting volunteer days on Saturday/Sunday 13th & 14th April, Saturday 21st April, 10.30am-3.30pm. The organisation recieved half their trees from the Woodland Trust and the rest from TCV. Anytimne that you can give between 10.30am to 3.30pm on the above dates would be appreciated. 

Bring along gloves, drinks, snack, suitable outdoor footwear and clothing. The cottage will be open for breaks and lunch. Tools will be be provided. Tuition will be given on activities. for further information contact Willie Bruce 01955603512 

Labour leader to visit county

Labour leader to visit county

Richard Leonard MSP, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, is visiting Caithness this month and would like to meet community representatives from the voluntary sector to discuss matters of importance locally – in particular, health and wellbeing issues and poverty.

Local Labour representatives have arranged a meeting room in the Pulteney Centre, Wick, with a small buffet laid on for you to meet and discuss.

Please let Roger Saxon know by email if you wish to attend: ericrogersaxon@gmail.com

The date is Friday April 26th and the provisional time is 12.30pm to 2pm.