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.