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.

 

Free Child Protection Training

Training will take place on Monday 17th September, 9.30am-10.30 am at the pulteney centre, Wick. The Course will cover

  • What is Child Abuse & Signs and Symptoms
  • Responding to the child
  • Reporting & recording procedures
  • Codes of conduct for staff
  • Why  do we need to consider Child Protection

To Book a place or find out more information contact, Yvonne Hendry 01955 609960, yvonne@cvg.org.uk

funded from Caithness Beatrice Community Fund.

Surf Awards open

'20th Anniversary' SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration open for applications
The SURF Awards are widely recognised as the most prestigious in the field of Scottish community regeneration. This year, there are five categories of entry. These include;

  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place
  • Housing
  • Creative Regeneration
  • Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers
  • Community Led Regeneration.

If you are involved in a project or know of projects who are worthy of recognition then please do make an entry this year. The straightforward application materials are available on the SURF website at the following link: https://www.surf.scot/surf-awards/. If you would like any further information then please contact Emma Scott on: emma@surf.scot or 0141 4406392

Befriending Caithness looking for referrals for 40-60 years project

Befriending Caithness

The main aim for Befriending Caithness 40-60 year old project is to make people feel less isolated and lonely, due to circumstances outwith their control, we can all get very easily isolated and this project brings people back into the community by joining other groups to meet other people, this will help these individuals quality of life by showing them that their community cares and hope that in many situations through support and friendship these people can feel part of something again.

They also recruit volunteers to become befrienders and then match them with a befriendees with similar interests to go and chat with them on a weekly basis.

They have had befriendees who have used the service and have now become befrienders which is a great outcome seeing their confidence blossom.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from this service please contact Isobel Campbell assistant befriending coordinator on 01955609962.

Data Protection for Organisations Рnew legislation started in May!

Data Protection for Organisations – new legislation started in May!
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – the new legal framework – applies in the UK from 25th May 2018. The government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. Although the GDPR shares similarities with the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it also has some new and different requirements. Under GDPR, UK citizens will benefit from new or stronger rights:

  • to be informed about how their data is used;
  • around data portability across service providers;
  • to erase or delete their personal information;
  • over access to the personal data an organisation holds about them;
  • to correct inaccurate or incomplete information; and
  • over automated decisions and profiling. 

Scottish charities must be aware of all of their requirements and should prepare for the GDPR prior to its launch. They may need, for example, to put new procedures in place to deal with the GDPR’s new transparency and individuals’ rights provisions. To assist you, the Information Comissioner’s Office (ICO) website contains information on how you can prepare for the GDPR, including this document which outlines 12 steps to take right now: https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf.