Volunteers make a real difference to Wick

Many willing volunteers have been busy this month to complete a project to renovate the two Coghill Bridges over Wick River.  Local volunteers with support from the business

Volunteers making structural repairs to the Coghill Bridge across Wick River
Litter picking at Riverside area
Volunteers taking a break
just a sample of the rubbish gathered in one morning

community and existing voluntary groups, have made significant improvement to the bridges which were in desperate need of repair.

The volunteers repaired and painted the railings, they replaced planks and added non-slip webbing all of which makes the bridges safer and aesthetically pleasing.

In addition, volunteers conducted a litter pick of the riverside area and the riverside was a hive of activity with members of the public all pulling together to make the area

Green Health Packs getting distributed in Caithness

Green Health Packs have been bagged and are being distributed to community groups in a project that will bring environmental benefits across Caithness while also boosting people’s wellbeing.

Caithness Voluntary Group has assembled 450 packs with help from volunteers and staff at Pulteneytown People’s Project in Wick, while Caithness Rural Transport has helped get them distributed.

The purpose of the packs is to provide enjoyment, release some creative talents and encourage people to discover new hobbies in the outdoors.

The packs have been funded by the Highland Green Health Events Project supported by the EU Leader Rural Development Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Highland Council.

High Life Highland’s Green Health Project Officer Tania Alliod co-ordinated the basic packs, with staff and volunteers from Inverness Botanic Gardens putting the gardening items together. The packs include compost, pots, plant seeds, bird seed and bird identification sheets. CVG arranged bird feeders and gardening gloves to be added to the packs, along with bubbles for younger children.

The groups in Caithness that will be receiving them are Dunbeath and District Centre, Caithness Community Connections, Pulteneytown People’s Project, Ypeople (supporting vulnerable groups), Home-Start (supporting families with young children), Caithness Klics (young carers project), Sinclair’s Bay Community Council, Castletown Community Council and Befriending Caithness.

Volunteer Network Meeting -an invitation to attend the meeting

Catherine at CVG is inviting you to attend a volunteer network meeting on Wednesday 12th

Come and find out about the new Saltire Award website at the meeting on the 12th august

August at 10.30.  This is a digital, zoom meeting to enable individual volunteers and voluntary organisations to network and share information about their service.  In addition, the guest speaker will be Catriona Macleod from the Scottish Saltire Consultation sub Group, she will be sharing information about the new, improved Saltire Award website.  If you are interested and would like an invite to join, please contact Catherine at volunteering@cvg.org.uk