Survey’s!

Your Police, You Decide Project

Please take this survey for the change at a £25 gift card!

Culture Croft is working with Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG) to evaluate a new project that is happening locally. In partnership with Police Scotland and funded by The Scottish Government, ‘Your Police, You Decide’ will give local people the chance to have their say about where money should be spent to improve safety and wellbeing in Caithness.

To measure the benefits and impact of the process we need to gather a sense of local people’s opinion and thoughts about participation and democracy at the moment. All this data will remain anonymous and will be used to measure how opinions change over the course of the project. Culture Crofts Data Policy is available here (https://www.lindsaydunbar.co.uk/gdrp.html). If you choose to share your email address then it will only be stored by Culture Croft for the purposes of this evaluation and not shared with any other partners, such as CVG or Police Scotland.

At the end of the survey there is a chance to enter a prize for a £25 voucher with a local business. There are 3 vouchers to give away so please sign up for more information to be entered. There is a chance to opt-out too.

Saltire Awards-Recognition for youth volunteering

Young volunteers from age 12-25 can register online for a Saltire Award http://www.saltireaward.scott it is quick and easy,

Individuals log the hours they have been volunteering,

Get the hours verified with the organisation/group they are volunteering with

Authorised – and online certificates awarded for either 10-25-50-100-200 or 500 hours

Easy, and great for personal development or CVs.

go onto the Saltire Award website or contact Catherine, the Caithness coordinator for more information. volunteering@cvg.org.uk

Volunteers for Halkirk Heritage & Vintage Motor Museum

Volunteers needed to help this motor museum keep the doors open to visitors during the summer months. the museum is open on Tuesdays-Sundays from 2-4pm during June & July. Can you offer to do a shift to help promote the joys of antique vehicles and heritage to interested people. contact Janet and leave a message on the Facebook page by contacting https://www.facebook.com/Halkirk-Heritage-Vintage-Motor-Society-214358238601635/

or Catherine at CVG volunteering@cvg.org.uk

volunteers needed to help this motor museum keep the doors open to visitors during the summer months. the museum is open on Tuesdays-Sundays from 2-4pm during June & July. Can you offer to do a shift to help promote the joys of antique vehicles and heritage to interested people.

Lyth Art Centre Young Music Maker Programme

As part of our Young Music Makers Programme, we are looking for a young musician to become the new YMM Trainee at Lyth Arts Centre. 

The traineeship will involve assisting the lead musician on a regular programme of children’s music workshops. The workshops will take place on weekends and school holidays, held monthly at Lyth Arts Centre and other locations around the county such as village Halls. The programme will run until March 2023. 

The trainee will have the opportunity to further develop their own skills, gain experience of working with young people in a workshop setting and experience working with and assisting a range of professional musicians.  

A personal training development plan will be put in place which can include appropriate online courses that will support the trainee and further development. 

This traineeship will be paid according to Musician Union rates. 

Deadline: Monday 20 June  Please contact Helen@lytharts.org.uk for more

Youth Scotland Child protection

Child Protection Awareness 
12th July 10am https://www.youthscotland.org.uk/training-events-bookings/
Youth Scotland hosts this interactive workshop that aims to assist youth workers and volunteers with the implementation of a child protection policy and measures to consider when working with young people and adults that keep everyone safe from harm. All non-member groups/organisations are charged a training fee to attend this training. A £25 non-attendance fee will be applied where cancellation has not been received in advance of the event. Please note: training fees will be non-refundable, where a cancellation has not been received in advance of the event starting.   

Rural Community Fund

Rural Community Engagement Fund – Local groups and

organisations across Scotland’s Rural Communities are now able to apply for micro-grants of up to £2,500 to support and promote mental health recovery following the pandemic in Scotland’s rural communities through community engagement and support approaches. The grants are specifically aimed at people who face additional inequalities in achieving good mental health whilst recovering from the pandemic.

HTSI Awards 2022

Highland Third Sector Awards are open for nominations. See below list of categories.

  • Youth Volunteer of 2022
  • Community Initiative 2022
  • Highland Partnership 2022
  • Board Trustee of the Year 2022
  • Volunteer of the Year 2022
  • Outstanding Achievement Award 2022
  • Social Enterprise of the Year 2022
  • Community Justice Partnership Excellence Award 2022
  • LGOWIT Self-Management Excellence Award 2022
  • Third Sector Organisation of the Year 2022
  • Reducing Vulnerability through Third Sector Activity Award 2022

The deadline for nominations is the 30th of June 2022 at 5pm. 

To find out how to nominate go to Awards | HTSI main (highlandtsi.org.uk)

volunteer opportunities with Heritage

As we move into the summer season, many voluntary organisations in Caithness rely on volunteers to help deliver services and keep the doors open to the public. There are museums throughout Caithness looking to recruit new volunteers. For example: Wick Heritage Centre, Dunbeath Heritage Trust, Mary Anne’s cottage Dunnet, Castlehill Heritage centre Castletown. Clan Gunn society & Laidhay Museum. All of these valuable organisations provide a wealth of information and displays for locals and tourists. Can you offer an hour or two to keep the doors open during the summer season.? Get in touch with the groups directly or contact Catherine volunteering@cvg.org.uk and we will liaise in a timely manner.