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:  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 so we have an idea of numbers.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2020

New SIMD The latest update of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2020 has been published by Scotland's Chief Statistician. There are a few areas in Caithness that have been identified as in the 20% most deprived in Scotland. For further information go to

Year-long project identifies Caithness inequalities

Transport, mental health and access to childcare have emerged as some of the key themes in a project aimed at identifying inequalities in Caithness.

Over the past 12 months Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG), working in partnership with Thurso Community Development Trust and Pulteneytown People’s Project, carried out extensive consultation across the county, supported by the Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund.

Details reports based on the consultation have now been completed and made publicly available.

The findings will feed in to the Caithness Community Partnership, whose main role is to work with communities to help local people live full, healthy lives with opportunity and diversity.

The consultation covered the three geographical areas of Thurso, Wick and rural Caithness.

In Thurso, common concerns included food and fuel poverty, the lack of a community space and the need to have a community hub.

In Wick, topics ranged from the need to improve health services for people with drug and alcohol dependency to the provision of a job club to help with CVs and job searches to support people into employment.

Issues reported in rural areas included social isolation and a lack of opportunities for young people.

Other areas of concern across the three areas included internet connectivity, childcare costs, access to healthy, inexpensive food and difficulties in getting to Inverness for appointments at Raigmore Hospital.

CVG development officer Yvonne Hendry co-ordinated the year-long project. 

She said: “Communities and statutory bodies will be able to use this piece of work as a way to find solutions to some of these issues.

“In my experience, communities are always very good at coming up with projects and ideas in their local areas.

“There is always going to be the issue of funding any new initiatives. But this consultation shows the evidence of need and will perhaps support any organisation looking for funding going forward.”

Anyone who would like copies of the reports should contact CVG to have them emailed, or they can pick up paper copies. The reports are also available to access on the Caithness Community Planning website:

For further information contact Yvonne Hendry (01955 609960;