Prevention Seminar on Drugs and Alcohol

Iceland has significantly reduced drug and alcohol use among young people by implementing a progressive, evidence-based and common sense prevention model., there is an event to see what can Caithness learn from Iceland to prevent drug and alcohol harm. Highland Drug and Alcohol Partnership has organised this event.

Partnership working among; parents, schools, communities, youth work, leisure services, Third Sector, NHS and the Council have been crucial to the success of the model in many other countries.. They are particularly keen to encourage attendance by representatives from these agencies and groups.

Seminar Aim: To find out what has worked in Iceland and Ireland, and discuss what learning can be applied in Caithness.

Speakers have been invited from Western Region Drugs & Alcohol Task Force in Ireland and Planet Youth in Iceland to share their experience.

The seminar is on: Wed 26th February in the Park Hotel, Thurso from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Refreshments and Lunch will be provided)

To book a place on the seminar Email: aileen.trappitt@nhs.net  stating your name, organisation and dietary requirements.

Social Prescribing Event Wick

Social Prescribing event in Wick as part of the roadshow for rolling out information about the future of Community Link Workers (Social Prescribing) there is a meeting in Wick on the 16th March, at the Pulteney Centre, 11am-1pm.

The meeting is aimed at groups, agencies or clubs who might be identified as having potential for people to be referred to by a Social Prescribing / Community Link Worker such as walking groups, art groups, knitting groups, sport groups etc. anywhere people might be encouraged to use to improve their physical or their mental health.   

There will be input from NHSH & Public Health and there will be some directed discussion time.  The purpose of the meeting is to get information out to local organisations about the programme development and possible timescales, attempt to answer questions raised by the organisations, find out what capacity is out there and what might be expected of those participating.  

This meeting is being organised by Highland Third Sector Interface and NHSH with the help of CVG and if you are planning going please e-mail helen@cvg.org.uk so we have an idea of numbers.

Children In Need

Next closing date for Children In Need, 16th March. BBC Children in Need Small Grants Not for profit organisations such as special schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation.  https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/apply/small-grants/

Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund

Supported by the Robertson Trust and the Gannochy Trust, this fund aims to enhance and develop community-based youth work in Scotland’s rural communities. Grants of £100 to £750 are available to enable youth groups operating in rural communities to provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people. Deadline: March 6th 2020 https://www.youthscotland.org.uk/programmes/youth-scotland-rural-action-fund/