National minimum wage increase

From April 2017 aged 25 and over £7.50, aged 21-24 £7.05, aged18-20 £4.05 apprentice £3.50.

Living Wage 

Only the real Living Wage is independently calculated  each year  based on what employees and their families need to live.

The current UK Living Wage is £8.45 an hour. The current London Living Wage is £9.75 an hour

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

The rates apply to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people face the same living costs as everyone else

The real Living Wage that meets the cost of living enjoys cross party support, with public backing from MSPs and MPs across the political spectrum

Paying a wage that is enough to live on is good for business, good for the individual and good for society

The Living Wage Employer Mark and Service Provider Recognition Scheme provide an ethical badge for responsible pay.

The Daniel Maclean memorial fund .

The Daniel Maclean memorial fund provides financial support to older people in the Caithness and Sutherland areas who would like to return to education.

A sum of £1,000 is available each year for allocatiuon to one or more recipients. It may be used for the paynment of fees, or pourchase equipment, materials, travel and books. For more I nformation go to

Registered charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust. The fund also welcomes applications from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria. The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The charity's volunteers can help families where a parent is disabled or has mental health problems, or a child has special needs.

Deadline: 1st September 2017


The Highland Third Sector Interface Annual Conference 2017

The event is a chance for third sector organisations to come together, exchange information and hear from a range of speakers. Friday 12th May, 9.30-4.30pm, Strathpeffer Pavillion, Strathpeffer

Speakers this year will include:

Yvonne Strachan, Head of Equality, Human rights and Third Sector Division at the Scottish Government

Noeal Mathias, Managing Director of WEvolution, an exciting model for small community based self reliant groups.

Tim Wright, founder of Twintangibles a leading crowdfunding consultancy in Scotland.

Bookings after the 14th April 2017:

Member £15

Non – Member (3rd Sector) £20

Non – Member (Other) £35

All tickets will be invoiced seperately. If you want to join the HTSI (free of charge) and are eligible for membership you can complete this option as you book the conference and a seperate membership form will be sent. The discount applicable to members will apply at the time of booking.


FREE Emergency First Aid

There is a free emergency first aid course on Saturday 3rd June, 9.30am-3pm at Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick. This course is suitable for community groups or any other groups in the voluntary sector that would benefit from first aid. To book a place contact, 01955609960 or Ther will be other dates arranged later in the year.

Funding Event

Caithness Voluntary Group has organised a funding information event in Wick on May 3rd, Pulteney Centre, Wick, 10am-1pm. There will be presentations from The Robertson Trust, Highland LEADER, Caithness and North Sutherland Fund, Foundation Scotland talking about the Spirit of Caithness Fund, EON Camster Community Fund and Stroubster Community Fund and Beatrice Caithness Community Fund. You can make an appointment to have a one to one chat with the Robertson Trust by contacting Yvonne Hendry. To book a place at the event and an appointment contact, 01955609960 or