Women Returners Programme

Triage are delighted to be delivering the Scottish Government’s new Women Returners Programme across the whole of Scotland. Our Review, Refresh, Return Programme will support women to return to good work or improve their work skills following a career break.

It is delivered across Scotland as part of the Women Returners Programme, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland. Women currently six months unemployed, aged 25 and above who have undertaken paid employment at some point in the past benefit from FREE peer support, CV-building, upskilling, and confidence-building before progressing back into work or further education.

Launched in October 2021, the programme initially runs until March 2022.  The programme is entirely voluntary  and can offer support based on individual need for between 2-13 weeks.

The programme is tailor-made to each participant, addressing conflicting home and life priorities, via one-to-one or group sessions, online and in person. Emphasis is placed on navigating caring responsibilities and back-to-work anxiety while capitalising on past qualifications and work experience. If you or someone you know might benefit from our support, please get in touch either directly with myself as the Progression Advisor for the Highlands/Morayshire (contact details can be found at the bottom of this email), via our website www.triagecentral.co.uk or by calling 01786 451513.

The Platinum Jubilee Fund

The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign and to mark this occasion, The National Lottery Community Fund will fund 70 projects across the UK. This is a significant National moment, and we are looking for projects that go beyond simply celebrating but for those that create change for communities.

They want to fund projects that create a greater legacy for our places and spaces, and that support new opportunities, activities and build better relationships with one another, across generations and with the natural world. Funded projects will need to be up and running by Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on 5 June 2022.

Three focus areas are:

1. Across Generations – Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations.

2. Community Renewal – Supporting new opportunities for people to develop skills and experiences in their local community, as well as opportunities to bring people together in new ways, and in new or different places and spaces.

3. Our Shared Natural World – Growing our care and action locally for the natural world.

They can pay for activities or items, costing between £30,000 – £50,000 that meet at least two of the funding criteria.

For full guidance go to https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/the-platinum-jubilee-fund#section-4

Community Health and Wellbeing Fund

New Fund Opened

  1. It is a mental health and WELLBEING fund.  Wellbeing can take many forms.
  1. Grants are generally expected to be up to £10k but higher amounts will be considered. Activities are to be time-bound and need to start prior to 31 March 2022.
  1. Highland has been allocated £700k and the fund is being administered by the Highland Third Sector Interface.
  2. For information on criteria and application go to Community Mental Health Fund | HTSI main (highlandtsi.org.uk)

Scottish Gambling Support

Did you know in 2020 gambling addiction in the UK alone has cost players to lose £1.2 Billion and nearly 1 in 100 people have serious gambling problems. Gambling can destroy families and lives, but there are services that can help you turn a life around and help someone. YOU can be that person that saves someone from gambling their life away. Please take a look at this poster and if you are interested contact mike.youatt@invernesscab.org

Thank you for your time and if you have the time, please share.

A great opportunity to improve your team or yourself!

We have an amazing opportunity that has come up, read below for more information!


Thanks to government funding, we can provide you or your team with free nationally accredited distance learning courses. These courses are great for personal development, confidence and are a great way to improve their CPD in the comfort of their own home or workplace. The courses we offer take around 30 hours in total to complete and you will be awarded a nationally recognised certificate from TQUK, CACHE or NCFE at the end of the course. They will also have online or over the phone tutor support throughout their learning journey.
To learn more, follow this link: https://www.wefindanylearner.com/book-online/

Many Thanks,

Nick Porter
Tel: 01226 958 888

12 Days of Giving launches for 2021

Nominations are invited for any UK registered charity for the chance to win £1,000. There will be 10 winners drawn at random each weekday from 6 – 21 December 2021. Follow the link for more information and the chance to win.

HUG Wick & Thurso Café

A reminder that HUG will be in Caithness to talk to you about mental health, the Winter is one of the hardest times of the year for most people and HUG is here to help with a free event. See the full post on our website.

Wick -2.00 to 3.30

Thurso 10.30 – 12.00
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hug-thurso-and-northwest-caithness-cafe-conversation-tickets-193642338447