Co-op local community Fund

From the 4th – 30th May, causes are invited to apply for funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.  Thurso and Wick Co-op stores will each select three successful causes in their area.  Local groups can find out more and apply at

What projects will the fund support?

In line with our community plan to provide fairer access to food, mental wellbeing and opportunities for young people, the Local Community Fund will support community projects that:

  1. Enable people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone
  2. Help improve people’s mental wellbeing
  3. Offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and make a difference in their community

Highland Highlife Job Opportunities

High Life Highland are recruiting Youth Support Officers across the far North, including Thurso. he main focus of the role is to improve young people’s lives by co-ordinating Developing the Young Workforce opportunities within a Secondary school setting, ensuring partnership working is at the centre. The role will give young people the ability to enhance their potential to enter a positive sustainable destination on leaving school. 

The Thurso post is for 31.5hrs a week, and there is other posts in Golspie, Dornoch and Kinlochbervie. For more details contact Area Youth Services Officer, Keith Moncur either by email or phone 07774 337 688

JDPS Youth Support Officer (Developing Young Workforce).May 2021

Applications forms available by contacting

Closing date for applications 18th May 2021, interviews will be held w/c 24th May 2021.


Volunteer opportunity as a researcher

North Highland Collage UHI in partnership with CVG are looking for volunteer researchers to help gather information information from the Caithness community about the impact of COVID.  Information and surveys will be collated during May and June. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help this project please get in touch with or  guidance and training provided.

Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland will begin offering social investment opportunities to social enterprises in Scotland from today, 4 May. The move comes as Foundation Scotland and Resilient Scotland announce their integration.  Social investment, offered through the experienced Resilient Scotland team, will expand on the community foundation’s core grantmaking services providing access to a greater range of funding options.

The new ‘Investing in Enterprise Fund’ offers between £10,000 and £500,000 to social enterprises as blended finance.

Up to 50% of the funding will be through grants with the remainder through loans, enabling them to become more sustainable, accessing opportunities less reliant on grant funding. Support will help successful applicants to raise funds and only repay part of the total sum. Foundation Scotland will reinvest all returned funds for additional social investment. Chris Holloway, head of social investment at Foundation Scotland, said: “The integration of Resilient Scotland into Foundation Scotland makes perfect sense for us as an organisation. “However, most importantly, the move will offer significant benefits to Scotland’s thriving social enterprises.  Collectively our knowledge, support and experience will enhance the holistic support provided to Scotland’s social enterprises. “Groups will be able to come to Foundation Scotland for traditional grants, which they continue to need, and now also innovative investment opportunities.”