An opportunity to Volunteer

To continue with Volunteer Week activities you could volunteer with environmental groups in Caithness. There are groups providing opportunities for individuals to get involved improving the environment on a periodical or regular basis.

For Example: Dunnet Forestry Trust host a green gym on Thursdays and Sundays, [forest maintenance] and also a monthly log sale.

Friends of Newtonhill [community forest near Wick] also provide forest maintenance on Tuesdays and other opportunities periodically throughout the year.

Wick Paths Group, Highlife Highland Ranger and the John O Groat Trail are examples of other groups reliant on volunteers to help maintain the environment. So if you want to volunteer, get some exercise and make a difference, consider volunteering in the great outdoors of Caithness. contact for more details.

Volunteers at Newtonhill, making a difference.
volunteers in Wick Heritage Society Garden doing some weeding and maintenance

Some more volunteer opportunities

Volunteers required to support organisations providing events and activities for young people. Like many other groups, volunteers are always needed to help club continue.

Examples of groups looking to recruit volunteers are organisations providing sporting activities. The Highlife Highland active sport coordinators in East and West Caithness run a selection of activities for young people usually after school hours or at weekends.

In addition Uniform organisations like the Scouts, Brownies, Guides Boys Brigade, ATC etc are always looking for adult volunteers to enable things to continue for young people in their area. No matter where you live in Caithness, rest assured, there is a group or Club looking for volunteers. Catherine at CVG will be able to put you in touch. ….so send an email

Volunteer’s Week- volunteers always needed

To celebrate Volunteers Week I will be posting a selection of volunteer opportunities to illustrate the diversity of roles available locally. For Example:

Volunteer Drivers– Caithness Rural Transport, Caithness Cats Protection & Cycle UK/rural connections are some organisations looking for volunteer drivers. [cycle UK looking for volunteer cycle drivers for the electric Trishaw] . These charities all provide vehicles but need volunteer drivers to help out.1 so if you are considering any of these opportunities or indeed, any other volunteering options please get in touch with Catherine

Befriending Caithness Teas and Coffees

pictured above, Elspeth Manson, Isobel Bates, Barbra Hymers

Elspeth Manson said we had a lovely time at Bettyhill at the North Coast Craft and Produce market on Saturday, we were serving teas and coffee and having a wee bit of a recruitment drive for new volunteer Befrienders so if you fancy joining us and have a spare hours or two a week to chat to an older member of your community please get in touch.

UK Community Ownership Fund

The Community Ownership Fund is a £150 million, UK wide Fund helping community groups to protect, through community ownership, assets in their local area which are at risk of being lost. 

An updated prospectus for the Community Ownership Fund was launched on 27 May 2022 and Expression of Interest to applicants will open on 10 June 2022. Webinars for prospective applicants will take place on 8 June and 16 June, and will be open to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, Councils and other organisations.

To register your interest of the webinars, fill out a sign-up form

Free training for Sensory impairment

Guide Dogs are hosting free training, These sessions are run over Zoom, are free to attend and anyone can come along. We will discuss sight loss, including some common eye conditions and myths, and learn techniques to guide someone with sight loss safely. This training is useful for people who have friends or family members living with sight loss, but also for volunteers and staff working in customer facing roles where they may come into contact with people living with sight loss

Investing in Communities Fund Opening

The Investing In Communities Fund (ICF) Round 2 will open for applications on Tuesday 31 May 2022.

Applications to this open challenge fund will be made through a web-based online portal.  The link to the portal will be posted on our website page on Tuesday 31 May 2022 in time for the fund opening at 2pm. 

The online portal will close for applications at 2pm on Tuesday 28 June 2022. 

Please visit the website page for all information and final guidance regarding ICF R2.