Community Planning Partnership workshop

HIGHLAND Community Planning Partnership (CPP) is hosting a community workshop in Wick in April.

It is part of a series of discussions to hear ideas about the future work of the CPP and how that can be developed in partnership with communities.

The event will be held at the Pulteney Centre on Tuesday, April 4 (11am-3pm), and is open to any third sector organisation, volunteer or member of the community. Lunch will be provided.

Booking is essential – contact 01349 864289.


Big Lottery Funding Information Event

COMMUNITY groups have a chance to attend a funding information event at the Pulteney Centre in Wick on Wednesday, April 5.

Staff from the Big Lottery Fund and HIE Scottish Land Fund will be there to outline what funds are available. There will be presentations, questions and answers, and time for people to have one-to-one chats to the funders. The event starts at 10am.

To book a space, contact (01955 609960) or (01955 603453).


New Guide on being a charity in Scotland

New guide on being a Charity in Scotland

Easy to read guidance on the charity test and trustee duties


The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has unveiled a brand new booklet to make the basics of Scottish charity law easier to understand.

Designed to be used throughout a charity’s life, ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ uses simple graphics and straightforward language to help those who run Scottish charities understand their responsibilities.

The guide is for:

• Charity trustees of existing charities or people working in charities, especially smaller ones
• People who want to set up a charity
• Professionals who advise charities and organisations that want to become charities.

It sets out the key points charities need to know about Scottish charity law. Within the guide there are links to detailed guidance pages contained on our website and it also has information on other organisations that can provide help and advice to charities.

‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ is available online

OSCR’s Head of Engagement, Dr Judith Turbyne said:

“Scottish charities make a huge contribution to Scottish society. As regulator we are in the privileged position of being able to get a glimpse of the breadth and depth of all that work.

“The passion and commitment that goes into starting and running Scottish charities by voluntary trustees is impressive. But passion alone is not enough. It is important to remember that these trustees have specific responsibilities.

They are aware that, at times, these responsibilities might appear onerous. They are trying to ensure that it is as easy as possible for trustees and potential trustees to understand what they need to do when setting up and running a charity. They have produced this Guide to be short and accessible, making compliance as easy as possible for all those who are running charities.


• ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ is available at
• The Guide combines and condenses the Meeting the Charity Test: Guidance and Guidance and good practice for Charity Trustees.
• ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ can be printed off and comes in a standard .pdf format. There are limited paper copies available from OSCR. Any requests for paper copies should be sent to Attendees at ‘The Gathering 2017’ (22 and 23 February 2017) will be able to pick up a copy of the booklet from the OSCR stand (Stand 3).


Beatrice Community Fund Information Events – February 2017

SSE would like to invite members of the public from the five community council areas below to attend an information event in their local community where they will learn more about the Beatrice local Community Fund. They are also looking for volunteers form each community to join the decision making panel and a ballot will be held at each event to appoint the community panel members. Website

Wednesday 22 February

Keiss Hall, Keiss


Thursday 23 February

Dunbeath Hall, Dunbeath


Thursday 23 February

Lybster Hall, Lybster


Tuesday 28 February

Thrumster Hall, Thrumster


Tuesday 28 February

Pulteneytown Peoples Project, Wick


Big Lottery Advice

Beware of Consultancy Services for Funding Bids


Lottery has sent out this reminder to watch out for consultants who offer services to help you with your funding bid. Some businesses promote their services by telling potential customers about the Big Lottery Fund. They may offer consultancy services or imply they are acting on the Big Lottery Fund’s behalf. Some offer to help youfill in the form or do it for you in return for payment.                                         high-res-corporate-logo-blue

The application process is free and they believe paying for external consultancy advice is unnecessary. The Big Lottery Fund does not work with or endorse the services of any consultant and they can’t provide funding for any costs, commission or fees that they charge you to make an application form. They ask that you please complete the application form yourself and apply directly to them.

If you are thinking about applying for funding and are not sure where to start simply give the Advice Team a call on 0300 123 7110 or email They are there to provide pre application advice and information.