HUG’s Café Meet Up

This next week we are in Caithness to talk with you about mental health and hear from you about the issues that some people face on a daily basis.

We will be in Thurso on the morning of Tuesday 2nd November and Wick in the afternoon

The links to Eventbrite are here but if you just decide to come along we’d be delighted to see you

Wick -2.00 to 3.30

Thurso 10.30 – 12.00

We are also happy to speak to people who can’t attend individually, hope to see you there.

Business Planning Training

Date: Wednesday 3 November 2021 – 10:00 to 12:30Venue: 

OnlineOrganiser: Just Enterprise

Are you involved in running a community-led social enterprise? Would you like to know more about building a business plan?

Specifically developed for those working or volunteering within community led social enterprises, this workshop will provide an overview of the range of elements that can assist in building a strong business plan with links and information on accessible supplementary resources and tools to support ongoing planning, delivery and development.

This workshop will be delivered virtually over 2 x half day sessions which will be fully interactive and draw on participants’ own experiences. The sessions run on Wednesdays 3 and 10 November from 10am – 12.30pm and participants must be able to attend both sessions.

Topics covered will include: Defining Your Community, Engagement Needs and Opportunities, Stakeholder Engagement, Social Impact, Understanding Your Market, Roles & Responsibilities, Financial Planning, Business Planning Tools, delivery and review.Price: FreeBook now

Business Planning for Community Led Social Enterprise (

Befriending Week UK

Befriending Week happens next week1-7 November 2021

Angie House says “Befriending Caithness are heading into celebrating Befriending Week. Befriending Week is celebrated all over the UK and you can see us on Twitter, Facebook and Utube during the week. Here at Befriending Caithness we believe this is a wonderful opportunity to thank our Befriending Volunteers for all their visits and adaptions they have made within the organization during this time.

We are also would like to take the opportunity to thank the community that we serve, and especially those lovely people we visit, write to, video call and telephone.  It is a joy to hear the stories that each individual has shared with us, truly making Befriending Caithness part of the community.

We are delighted to say that we are moving forward and have secured Lyth Arts Centre as a regular monthly venue for our event.  Each month we will meet for soup and sandwiches and some light entertainment, but best of all we will becoming together again for a time of socializing.  Look out for more details of this event coming soon. Why not take Befriending Week as an opportunity to volunteer with Befriending Caithness for more information on this please contact:

We will be happy to respond and you too can be a part of celebrating Befriending Week.

CVG Membership

Caithness Voluntary Group’s membership is now FREE! This includes office services such as photocopying and duplicating. We do many modern services as well using programs in the Microsoft and Adobe Suite, we are able to create and edit images! Also included with our membership is our umbrella lottery licence, this is all for FREE.

To sign up fill in this form below and send it to

Look forward to seeing you. CVG.

Nominate a young volunteer for a Saltire Award

If you know a young person who goes “above & Beyond” to help others or your organisation, then consider nominating them for a Saltire Summit Award. Application forms can be found online or contact Catherine for more information or to request a form.

SSE Sustainable Development Fund Open

What is the Sustainable Development Fund? SSE Renewables created the Sustainable Development Fund as part of its voluntary community benefit arrangements from its onshore renewable energy developments in the Highland region, primarily the Stronelairg, Bhlaraidh and Strathy North Wind Farms.

Who can apply to the fund? To be eligible for funding, your project must benefit communities that lie wholly within the Highland local authority area. You don’t need to be a registered charity to apply, but your organisation must have a constitution and not be set up for individual profit. What is the fund value and timescale? In this round the fund is worth a total of £1 million. You can apply for funding from £30,000 up to a maximum of the fund’s total value. Round opens 5 October 2021 Deadline for full applications Noon on 19 January 2022 Awards made April 2021

What are the aims of the fund? The fund is to be used to provide support for strategic projects in the Highland region and any successful application must meet one or more of the following outcomes:

· Creating opportunities: Create opportunities for education and employment through activities that develop skills and improve an individual’s chance of entering the workplace.

· Empowering communities: Empower communities to become more resilient through measures which demonstrate long-term social, environmental or economic improvements.

· Sustainable places: Stimulate meaningful regeneration to improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity or heritage and make a lasting difference to the places we live, work and visit. For this round of the fund the panel have an interest in projects which will enhance the region to prepare for a net zero future e.g. enhancing young people’s STEM skills for the jobs of the future, de-carbonising community transport, community owned renewable projects. for more info contact Marianne Townsley Community Investment Manager 01738 341839 Working Pattern: Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri Lindsay Dougan Community Investment Manager 01738 340292 Working Pattern: Tue/Wed/Thu go to