Pentland Housing Disco To Raise Funds For A Defibrillator

The staff at Pentland Housing are trying to raise funds for a defibrillator in Caithness and are running a 70's and 80's Disco in the Royal British Legion on 6th October 2018.  All ticket money will go towards the defibrillator as all the costs of running the event are being donated.

AVIVA Funding for Groups

The Aviva Community Fund 2018, offers support, practical advice and funding from £1,000 up to £25,000, to help community organisations and projects like yours make a lasting difference in their communities.

Submissions are now open and it’s simple to enter! All you have to do is enter a project for your community organisation and tell Aviva and voters what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

This year sees 3 new categories to choose from: 

  • Skills for Life – projects helping communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, 
  • Health and Wellbeing – projects helping people take control of their physical and mental
  • Environment – projects working to improve their natural surroundings. 

For the first time, through a partnership with Crowdfunder UK, you also have the chance to receive funding from people supporting your project entry.

It's more than funding

Even if you decide not to submit a project for potential funding, the Aviva Community Fund offers a range of practical advice, support and tools to help your cause flourish. From social media skills to how to create a buzz around what you’re doing, visit the Aviva Community Fund website for more.

Entries for the Aviva Community Fund 2018 are now open. To find out more and submit your project head to The Aviva Community Fund website


Can you help a student researching how local community groups manage their resources.

A student from the University of the Highlands and Islands is looking at ways that voluntary organisations are managing limited resources and what methods are being used to ensure sustainability.

She would really appreciate speaking with a variety of Third Sector organisations in Caithness to ensure the maximum amount of contributions possible make up her study.  Thank you to those who have already participated.  Her email address is  

The U3A Group

The U3A  is a group set up for retired and semi-retired people.  It is to socialise and allow shared interests to be experienced. 

We hold a monthly general meeting in Thurso West Church Hall at 2pm on a variety of different topics.

There are also sub-groups in walking, reading, pholosophy, French conversation and singing for pleasure. 

Everyone is welcome.  There is a £10 per year fee but all meetings are free. 

For further information, please contact Janettte Shelley on 01955 651743 or e-mail her on