Digital Trends – Free Event in Brora on 26/09/17


Highlands & Islands digital team are running an event in Brora on the 26th of this month focusing on Digital Trends. It gives attendees the chance to play about with the 365 cameras, augmented reality products and also hear about what digital tech trends are available right now that they can use to promote themselves. It runs over the afternoon and is completely free.

Please follow the link below for further information –

John O Groat Trail/ tourism development meeting Wick 20th September

To continue the success of the John O Groat Trail which is to be officially opened next year, the public are invited to the Mackays Hotel at 7pm on Wednesday 20th September.  Willie Watt from the Harbour Authority will give a short presentation about developments around Wick Harbour area, the aim is to promote the area and link the John O Groat Trail with the successful North Coast 500 Route.  New signage is proposed to highlight areas of heritage and interest.  It is hoped the meeting will look at creative ways to link and develop projects, business  and the wonderful assets on our doorstep. for more information contact

Comic Relief Core Strength Local Communities Fund.

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

The Core Strength – Local Communities initiative provides funding for essential core running costs for small locally led community organisations.  Grants between £1,000 to £10,000 for up to 12 months are available to local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000. The initiative will sit under the Comic Relief programme of Building Stronger Communities – supporting groups who work to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.  To find out more go to



Highland Heroes Awards 2017

EVERY community has its local heroes – those whose selfless actions and generosity of spirit serve as an inspiration to everyone else. In all walks of life throughout the Highlands there are men, women and young people who are driven by a desire to help others and who go out of their way to make a real and lasting difference to their communities. Scottish Provincial Press believe these dedicated, big-hearted individuals deserve to be publicly recognised for the priceless contribution they make. And they are asking you, to join with us in celebrating their achievements as we launch the inaugural Highland Heroes Awards. From the fields of healthcare and education to charity work and volunteering, they  have devised 12 award categories and are relying on readers to put forward the names of those they feel are most worthy of recognition. Each award is being supported by a sponsor. Nominations are now open, with a deadline for entries of Monday, September 11. After the closing date, a carefully selected five-strong judging panel will meet to consider all the nominations and draw up a shortlist of three nominees in each category.

The award categories

  •          Community Champion of the Year (sponsored by Loganair) – an individual who goes out of their way to help others and who has made a significant contribution to their community
  •          Brave Child of the Year (sponsored by Macleod and MacCallum) – a child who has overcome extreme adversity or shown exceptional courage or bravery in their life.
  •          Good Neighbour of the Year (sponsored by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks) – someone who has gone the extra mile to be a kind, considerate and helpful neighbour.
  •          Volunteer of the Year – an individual who has been exceptional in volunteering their time and talents to help others.
  •          Charity Fundraiser of the Year (sponsored by Macleod Roofing) – an individual who devotes his or her time and effort for inspirational charity work.
  •          Primary Teacher of the Year – a primary school teacher who has made a significant difference to the learning experience of pupils.
  •          Secondary Teacher of the Year (sponsored by TEFL) – a secondary school teacher who inspires pupils, helping them to achieve their full academic potential.
  •          Classroom Assistant of the Year (sponsored by Unison Highland) – a classroom assistant who has made a huge difference in their school, contributing to the teaching, learning and support of the children in their care.
  •          Emergency Services Hero of the Year (sponsored by Inverness Comic Con) – an outstanding member of the emergency services who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
  •          Healthcare Professional of the Year (sponsored by Planit Scotland) – an individual within the healthcare sector who has provided a service above and beyond the call of duty, improving or making a positive impact on the quality of life of another.
  •          Primary Pupil of the Year – a primary school pupil who has achieved something beyond expectations in education, sport or helping others at school.
  •          Secondary Pupil of the Year (sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce) – a secondary school pupil who has achieved something beyond expectations in education, sport or helping others at school.

To nominate see information in local paprs includeing The John O Groat Journal  or  email to request a nomination form.


Forsinard Winter Volunteer Opportunity

There is a vacancy for a winter residential volunteer at Forsinard to help with engagement work. Attached is the application form and there is more information on the website

There is a contact details on the website but happy for anyone who might be interested to contact Jenny directly too. Please note the closing date for the role is 6th September

Jenny Middlehurst
Communities Officer,

Flows to the Future, in association with The Peatlands Partnership, Flows Field Centre, Forsinard, Sutherland, KW13 6YT

Tel 01641 761312