Caithness Community Planning Partnership – Full Meeting

As part of the Community Empowerment Act 2015 there is a requirement for the Highland Council, NHS, Police, Fire & Rescue and Highlands & Islands Enterprise to work together with the community to plan and deliver better services which make a real difference to people’s lives.Part of this process is to prepare plans to prevent inequalities.  The plans are being led as follows –

Child Plan – Greg MacLauchlan, Highland Council

Adult Plan – Mike Flavell, NHS

Castletown Locality Plan – Nick Clasper, Police

Clyth – Berriedale – Andrew Dick, Fire & Rescue

Thurso – Alex MacManus, Highland Council

Wick – Mike Flavell, NHS

The next meeting of the full partnership is in Castletown drill hall at 6pm on Friday 18th August.  Please take time to consider going along to ensure the voice of the community is heard when these plans are being developed.


Spirit of Caithness A Fourteen Community

Awards Event 23rd September 2017, 10.30 at PPP

15 groups have applied for an additional £1,000. The winners will be announced at the event on 23rd September. Everyone is welcome!

Cast your votes to choose the winners  –

Spirit of Caithness is part of Spirit of 2012’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy programme Fourteen; instigated by Spirit’s investment in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK. 14 communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community. Spirit of Caithness is the local name for the Fourteen programme in Caithness. The programme will operate from January 2015 through to December 2017

A Panel of local people has been established to oversee the distribution of the Spirit of Caithness resource budget which will be informed by the ideas and aspiration of community groups and local people in Caithness. New Panel members, and additional volunteers will always be welcome.

The Spirit of Caithness has two grant making programmes which are open on a rolling programme so applications are always welcome. We try to turn these around as quickly as possible, usually within 6-8 weeks.

On Your Marks! awards grants of £250 – £2000. You are eligible to apply if you are a community organisation keen to run a project or activity that is in keeping with the spirit of the programme.

Sparks! is designed to support individuals or groups of local people and neighbours who want to run local projects for the benefit of other community members. The Spark Grant award can be up to £500. Constituted groups, organisations or businesses are not eligible for Sparks.

To find out more,



Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter Fund

This fund focuses on supporting organisations currently working to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality to embed basic digital skills development work into their day-to-day activity with service users. The Charter Fund is open to all sectors but is especially interested in supporting groups that work closely with their local community and run projects with a track record of working with individuals affected by poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality. Eligible applicants must operate in Scotland, spend funding received entirely in Scotland and have already joined Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter at the time of their first payment.

The Fund is aimed at three target groups:

  • Older People
  • People with disabilities
  • Job Seekers

Round 5 has now opened to applications for grants from £500 up to £10,000 with a deadline of 31 August 2017 .


Second World War Air Raid Victims- Wick

Second World War Air Raid Victims- Wick (memorial garden) is holding it's AGM in Wick on Wednesday 23rd August, 11.30am, Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick. Anyone welcome to attend.