Online training offered to anyone in contact with children


CVG UPDATE: News from the local voluntary sector by Yvonne Hendry of Caithness Voluntary Group

Those who work with families can benefit from the free online child protection training.

The Highland Child Protection Committee continues to offer online child protection training modules.

The training is available free of charge to anyone who comes into contact with children in the Highlands local authority area. This includes those who work with families and in adult services.

It is developed and delivered in line with the National Child Protection Learning and Development Framework.

To find out more and reserve a space, go to

Caithness Sight Impairment Group is back after a long break due to Covid. Group meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at the Thurso West Church Hall, 2-4 p.m.

Meetings are informal. If you are visually impaired, you are welcome to chat, have tea/coffee and biscuits. The group plans to organize the participation of some speakers over the next few months.

Caithness Rural Transport is looking for volunteers to join the team. If anyone would like more information or volunteer a few hours a week, please email Coreen Campbell at [email protected]

Driver training is provided.

Befriends Caithness looking for new volunteers. If you have free time to visit or phone someone in your community who is alone and isolated, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more about links to friendship and how you can become friends.

Applications are open for support from the Robertson Trust – one of five funding offers for registered charities tackling poverty and trauma in Scotland.

Revenue funding can be provided to registered charities with annual revenue between £25,000 and £100,000. Funding ranges from £2,000 to £15,000 for up to five years and can cover equipment costs to support your work.

There is no set closing date and a decision can be expected in eight to 10 weeks.

Organizations of this size can also apply for a community vehicle grant.

For full advice and application, as well as details of the type of work funded, go to

The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organizations (SCVO) calls on charities and individuals across the country to apply for its annual charity awards.

Now in its 16th year, the Scottish Charity Awards highlight the best, most innovative and successful charities, social enterprises, community groups and individuals of the past year and celebrate those who are making a difference. in the communities.

The awards are designed to celebrate the best in the voluntary sector and nominations are now being accepted for 2022.

The award categories are Employee of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Community Action, Campaign of the Year, Charity of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Digital Citizen, Pioneer Project and Climate Conscious, the winners being chosen by a jury. judges.

All finalists will also be entered into the running for the People’s Choice Award.

For the past two years, the awards have been hosted online. However, if Covid restrictions and security considerations permit, the ceremony will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on June 15. Applications are open until March 18.

The SCVO website is

The Highland Council Party Hall Grant Scheme is still open to venues. It offers annual grants to encourage community use of community halls in the area. Details are on the Highland Council website.

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