Sign up for the RSPB Garden Bird Watch

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch     https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/

Help the RSPB with their annual Garden Bird Watch Survey from 26-28th January. an enjoyable way to volunteer.

 

 

Cyber Security

Cyber security is an ever increasing issue, whether it is for us as individuals, part of a Community group or running a business.  Highlands & Islands Enterprise digital team are coming up to both Wick and Thurso on the 27th February and putting on a Cyber Sense event which will last an hour, it is fun and free so please take the opportunity to book on an event near you per the links below.  The Thurso event is at 9am in the morning at Naver House and the Wick event is at 12:00 in the PPP. 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-sense-on-tour-caithness-chamber-thurso-tickets-54927745365

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-sense-on-tour-caithness-voluntary-group-wick-tickets-54975922464

Foundation Scotland РBaillie Gifford Community Awards Programme 

Foundation Scotland – Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme 
The Baillie Gifford grants programme supports grassroots community organisations across the whole of Scotland. It replaces Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme. Priorities for the programme are: children and families, elderly people, education, environment, health, people who are physically disabled, homelessness, women and grassroots sports. Next deadline: 21st Jan 2019. Visit: https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/baillie-gifford-community-awards/

Beatrice Partnership Fund Has opened for applications

The partnership fund can support projects which:

  • Create opportunities
    Create or enhance opportunities for education and employment through activities focused on improving an individual’s chances of entering the workplace or further professional development
  • Empower communities
    Empower fragile communities to become more resilient and to protect their vulnerable residents through measures which demonstrate long term social, environmental or economic improvements
  • Stimulate sustainable places
    Stimulate meaningful regeneration through actions which improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity, or heritage to make a lasting difference to the places we live, work and visit

To find out more go to http://sse.com/communities/fundlocations/beatricepartnership/

 

FIVE jobs have been created by a new project in Caithness aimed at tackling poverty and inequality.

FIVE jobs have been created by a new project in Caithness aimed at tackling poverty and inequality.

Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG), in partnership with Pulteneytown People's Project (PPP) and Thurso Community Development Trust (TCDT), secured £183,296 from the Aspiring Communities Fund to employ four full-time development workers and a part-time co-ordinator.

Under the 12-month project, a community development worker for Wick will be employed by PPP and based at the Pulteney Centre, as will a childcare development worker.

A development worker for Thurso will be based at the town’s Ormlie Centre, while a rural development officer will work from the CVG offices in Wick.

CVG’s Yvonne Hendry, who has the role of part-time co-ordinator, said: “The aim of the project is to identify gaps and inequalities in service provision through community consultation which will take place through local groups, by attending local forums and by engaging with statutory organisations.  We will also be working with the Caithness Community Partnership.”

She explained that examples of inequalities can range from fuel poverty or low incomes to lack of public transport and difficulties in accessing health services.

Tracey Taylor, chairperson of TCDT, said: “Thurso Community Development Trust is enthused by and fully supportive of Caithness Voluntary Group’s development officer appointments.

“We are proud to have worked in partnership with CVG to secure Aspiring Communities funding and look forward to the community-led development opportunities and strengthened partnership working the project will provide for Thurso and across wider Caithness.”

Katrina MacNab, chief executive of PPP, said: “This is a great opportunity for people in Caithness to benefit from development work looking in particular at inequalities in our communities. We look forward to working in partnership with Caithness Voluntary Group and Thurso Community Development Trust.”

The Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund is supported by the European Social Fund.