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Volunteering In Caithness


Volunteering Highland
Now Changed To Caithness Volunteer Centre From 2011






July 2011

Caithness Volunteer Centre
The Caithness Volunteer Centre is now part of Caithness Voluntary Group and is no longer called Volunteering Highland.  It is located within the same office in Telford House, Wick and Catherine Patterson will be continuing to support individuals looking to volunteer.

All services will remain in place and the Volunteer Centre will return to helping groups access free disclosure checks for its members and volunteers.  For further information in the future please contact   Tel: 01955 605002  email: volunteering@cvg.org.uk    website    www.cvg.org.uk

Offering free confidential information on all aspects of volunteering.

If you want to volunteer and don't know where to start?

We can help you select an opportunity that is right for you. The service is available throughout Caithness and every effort is made to accommodate volunteers needs and support them into a voluntary position.

We also help voluntary organisations with good practice procedures, recruit volunteers and promote volunteering opportunities. If your organisation works with children under 18 or with vulnerable adults and require police checks for members and volunteers, then we can help you meet the legal obligations of new legislation and help you through the process.

If you want to find out more do not hesitate to contact Catherine Patterson 01955 605002, call today and give volunteering a go!

For more information contact
Catherine Patterson
Tel: 01955 605470
EMail -

Attention all voluntary Groups in Caithness Do you need Volunteers?

If so, we can help, but we need to know your requirements. The procedure is simple contact -
Volunteering Highland at 01955 605002 and fill in a form.
We will try and match your request with a suitable volunteer.

4 July 08
Wick High School Does 'The Apprentice'
14 Pupils from Wick High School recently undertook a fundraising challenge to raise money for two local charities. The challenge was inspired by the BBC TV program of the same name and was run by Catherine Patterson of Volunteering Highland to engage young people in volunteering. The boys team raised the most money £286.60p for Caithness Mental Health, and the mainly girls team raised £240 for Balmore Animal Centre. The rector Mr Trail took on the role of Allan Sugar and after consultation, he concluded that the boy’s team should ‘get fired’.

7 January 08
Desperate Need for Youth Club Volunteers

Both Youth Clubs in Thurso and Halkirk require volunteer helpers, if you have 3 hours a week to spare please consider volunteering with the Thurso or Halkirk Youth Club. The Thursday Evening group which caters for youth aged between 12-18 desperately need more volunteers, club hours are 7-9.30PM, if you feel you can offer assistance please contact Catherine Patterson 01955 605470 or Angela Alexander 01847 895782 to find out more.

8 July 07
Malawi Volunteers Return After Ten Weeks Of Voluntary Work In Caithness
Watten Church Aims To Help Them All With their Education - You Can Help
The Global Xchange team of Malawians and Scots who were with us in Caithness for ten weeks have now left for Ekwandeni in Malawi to spend ten weeks there in voluntary work projects. This will complete their Global Xchange project between the two countries. Our Malawian friends will be able to go on to college courses, thanks to the generosity of so many in Caithness who have funded them for a first year at a college of their choice in Malawi. A fund for their college education has been set up by Watten Church of Scotland, and any further donations will enable the young people to extend their study courses over the subsequent years.  Amazingly £75 can pay for education for a whole year for student in Malawi. So small amounts might be capable of changing lives dramatically for these young people who came to Caithness.

28 March 07
Volunteers from Malawi Global Xchange help Wick Boys Brigade
A group of 18 volunteers, 9 from Scotland and 9 from Malawi plus a co-ordinator from each area, helped Marc Macdonald the Boys Brigade leader to transform a piece of ground surrounding the BB hall in Wick on Saturday.  Mr Macdonald was very grateful to all the local businesses that donated materials and loaned equipment to enable the work to begin.
Local Development Officer of Volunteering Highland, Catherine Patterson identified projects in Caithness that the volunteers from Global Xchange could assist with. Over the next 3 months the group will be integrated into the community and will volunteer with a variety of organisations in Caithness, periodically they will come together to undertake group activities, the next one taking place on Friday with the Countryside Ranger where tree planting will go ahead at Wick riverside.  Global Xchange co-ordinator, Rohanna Law has been very pleased with the welcome and support from everyone in Caithness. For more information on the work of the exchange volunteers contact Rohanna email; rohanna.law@vso.org.uk

13 January 07
Catch Up Item From November
Dunnet Forest in Bloom with the help of Thurso College Students

Dunnet Forest Trust will benefit from a splash of colour this spring thank to a generous donation of bulbs from Homebase managers, Scott Hervo [left] and Murray Wilson. The event was organised by Catherine Patterson of Volunteering Highland as part of the National Make-A –Difference Day for volunteers. The event originally planed for 27th Oct was re-scheduled due to recent flooding. Students and Staff from the North Highland College volunteered their services to help with the planting after permission was gained from the Forest Trust manger Jon Hollingdale. Ms Patterson would like to thank the Highland Council for the loan of equipment on the day, Homebase for their donation of bulbs, Stephanie Brooksbank Staff tutor from the College, and of course the students for all their help in making the day successful.

18 September 06
Hot Opportunities

Activities Organiser
Bayview House Thurso are looking for people to help with elderly residents. Volunteers will interact with residents, perhaps sit and chat, board games, etc and help organise activities. If you have a few hours spare and would like to offer your time contact, Diane Campbell
01847 892314.

Practical Skills Person
Pultenytown Peoples Project, are looking for someone with practical skills e,g, joiner, painter decorator or general 'Handyperson' to volunteer a few hours of their time to teach young people with their own tenancy some basic practical skills. If you are perhaps a retired trades person or have a few hours available contact Yvonne Hendry 01955 606950 for more information.

11 June 06
Caithness Volunteer Award Reception
Volunteer Week 1-7th June 2006

Young People received certificates and David Steven was presented with the employers award.

30 March 06
Latest Volunteering Opportunities
Thurso Beyond 2000
Thurso Beyond 2000 are looking for a volunteer Chairperson to assist with the organising of future events, they are also looking to recruit general helpers for things like fundraising, planning etc. Thurso Beyond 2000 is an organisation that was formed to provide recreation and leisure pursuits for the inhabitants of Thurso, they are always looking for innovative ideas and ways to develop future events. If this sounds interesting to you contact Elspeth Husband 01847 896146 for more information.

Caithness Enablelink are seeking people to offer natural friendships to adults with learning disabilities. It is hoped volunteers will offer their time to accompany people, to help them interact in a wide variety of social situations. If you think you are an outgoing friendly person and are willing to spare a few hours a week helping others meet new people, then this might be a rewarding volunteering opportunity available to you in your area. Do not hesitate to contact Shena Macbeth 01593721509 if you think it is of interest to you.

Homestart Caithness
Homestart Caithnesss are desperately seeking volunteers to help their service which supports local families with a child under the age of 5. Volunteers offer confidential, practical and friendly support to families throughout Caithness. If you have parenting experience then this could be an opportunity worth considering. Do not hesitate to contact Libby Cook 01955 606222 if you would like more details.

HomeAid Caithness
HomeAid are looking for volunteers to work in the Charity shop Thurso, particularly on a Saturday. At present the shop is having difficulties opening on a Saturday and more volunteers are desperately need. If you would like to gain valuable retail experience contact The HomeAid office 01847 890696 to express your interest.

If you are interested in any of these volunteering opportunities you can also contact Catherine 01955 605002 or e-mail

24 January 06
Are you interested in the environment?
If you are interested in improving the environment then The Caithness Countryside Ranger, Marina Swanson invites you to their AGM on Thursday 2nd February at 7.30PM in the Nethercliff Hotel Wick. If you are unable to attend the AGM but are interested in future events and projects contact Marina on 01955 607758.

Volunteers are needed for a tree planting project planned for Saturday the 18th February at 10AM in Dunnet Forest. If you enjoy the outdoors, don't mind getting your hands dirty and want to meet other like minded people, come along to the event. For more information call Marina at above number.

21 December 05
MV Youth Volunteering Award Ceremony
Five young people recently became the recipients of the prestigious Gold MV Award for volunteering while participating in the Wick Players production of Mother Goose. The Gold Award is achieved when a volunteer accumulates 200 hours of volunteering which can take place over a two year period. The five young people involved with the panto had been in intensive rehearsals since August and fulfilled their required 200 hours on the 18th December. This Award is a recognised award of excellence endorsed by the Scottish Executive and the Gold award is signed by the First Minister.

28 November 05
New Caithness Volunteering opportunities
Active Schools

Active Schools are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with after schools activities in Caithness. These opportunities are not exclusively for sports activities but can cover any extra school activity i.e., Drama, dance or any event that requires active participation. If you have an hour or so to spare from 3-4 PM weekdays and think you might be interested in assisting with after school events in your area please contact Kenny Russell 01847 895782 or Catherine 01955 605002 for more information

Caithness Young Archaeologists Group
Caithness Young Archaeologist's Group are looking for leaders to help with outdoor events around Caithness. The next meeting is scheduled for 28th January in Spittal Village Hall, however if in the meantime you would like to find out more contact Emma at Caithness Archaeological Trust 01593 731269 or Catherine 01955 605002 who will be happy to assist.

10 October 05
Latest Opportunities

Wick North Schools Breakfast Club are looking for helpers to supervise children before school begins. The club runs daily during school term but helpers are needed for Monday and Wednesday morning from 8.30 to 9.15AM. If you feel you could help out even for one morning call Helen 01955 604134 or Catherine 10955 605002 for more information.

Wick HAPPY committee ungently seek new imput and ideas for running the Hogmany party in Wicks Market Square. They want this popular event to continue to be a success but need more volunteers. A meeting is to be held in the Assembly rooms Wick on Tuesday Oct 25th at 7.30PM for interested parties, alternatively, call Geraldine 01955 606336 or Catherine 01955 605002.

22 August 05
Hot opportunities
Are you a Parent?

Homestart Caithness are looking for volunteer home visitors/befrienders particularly for the Thurso area. The role of the volunteer will be to offer confidential support and friendship to families with at least one child under 5, who may be experiencing difficulties with the demands of family life at this time. Volunteer preparation Training course to begin on Thursday 25th august at 7PM in Community Education Office
Thurso, however if you are unable to attend but are still interested in finding out more, Call Libby 01955 606222.

Mentors required
Volunteering Highland are looking for volunteer Mentors to work with unemployed young people. This role involves offering support and guidance to the long term unemployed. Training and support is ongoing for volunteers to enable them to assist people into employment. Volunteers are needed in the Sutherland area, for more information call, Catherine 01955 605002.

19 July 05
2005 The Year of the Volunteer TRINKATHON Open Day Sunday 24th July.

The TRINKATHON at the Trinkie outdoor swimming pool this Sunday is looking for 'fit pairs' to compete in the Trinkathon.
The Junior event involves 1 swimmer [2 lengths] and 1 runner [approx1/2 mile], while the Adult event involves 1 swimmer [4 lenghts] and 1 runner [approx 1 mile]. Cups and medals are kindly donated by the Royal Mail.
Registration between 1.15 and 1.45PM

Wick Amateur Swimming Club will compete for the North bath cup at 2.15.  It is hoped to be a fun day for all the family, please come along and join in, any queries contact P Coghill 01955 602456 after 6PM for more information.

Hot List July 2005
The Laurandy Day Care centre in Wick are looking for volunteers of all ages to help collate a book of memories as part of a Dark Horse Venture.  It is hoped this project will involve participants from within the community, volunteers will chat to the elderly and take notes on their past memories eg, Childhood or Schooldays and help type the results.  This will involve good communication, interview and computer skills. The centre is hoping to be able to offer training in interview techniques subject to funding becoming available.

If you are a young person going on to study Media, Journalism or work in the care sector, you could gain practical experience while becoming involved with this community project. Young people aged 16-25 can use this opportunity to qualify for an MV [Millennium Volunteer] Award. This is a recognised award endorsed by the Scottish Executive for achievement in volunteering. If anyone is interested in finding out how to become involved or for more information contact Margaret Allan 01955 606567 or Catherine 01955 605002.

1 July 05
Volunteer Admin Assistance
Many voluntary groups around Caithness are seeking Office Administration assistance. For example the newly opened Womens Aid refuge at Green road Wick, require a volunteer to help with administration. So if you have a few hours to spare and think you would like to help Womens Aid or any other voluntary groups in the office, then contact Catherine 01955 605002 or Donna at Womens Aid 08454 080151. This opportunity can help you gain practical work experience.

1 July 05
Tidy Up Newtonhill Woodland
Hot off the press....Marina the Highland Council Countryside Ranger, requires volunteers to help clear up weeds at the Newtonhill woodland on Thursday 7th July, come along coffee and cake available, call 01955607758 for more information.

2 June 05
Volunteers Week Gets Going In Caithness
Volunteers week got off to a nice start yesterday with the help of local young people. The development officer for Volunteering Highland, Catherine Patterson, organised for Wicks Riverside path to be upgraded with the help of young volunteers and the support of Mr Hargrave and Mr Guest of the Highland Council.  The path had been identified as in need of upgrading as it becomes waterlogged and extremely muddy in places. The group managed to fill in the potholes and tidy it up as much as possible before the weather took a turn for the worse.  The Path is extremely popular with local walkers and many made comments in support of the work being done, especially as the group consisted of mainly young people.  Ms Patterson wishes to thank the volunteers for all their hard work and also wishes to thank the Council for providing materials, equipment and ongoing support. She is keen to include projects in other areas within Caithness therefore communities should come forward with suggestions of projects to be considered in the future.

Volunteers needed on Wednesday 1st June 2005
Volunteering Highland in conjunction with the Highland Councils Roads and Community Works dept and senior pupils from Wick High school, are undertaking an environmental project this Wednesday 1st June from 10AM.-5PM. It has been identified as in need of upgrade particularly during winter months when the path becomes waterlogged.
As part of Volunteers Week Catherine Patterson of Volunteering Highland has organised a tidy-up of the path located directly parallel and to the rear of the caravan site Wick from the railway tunnel ending at Riverside Drive. This path is popular with local people all year around and it is hoped volunteers will offer their assistance on Wednesday. All equipment and materials will be kindly donated by Highland Council all that is required is a workforce so, if you have a few hours available please come along or contact Catherine on 01955 605002 for more information or to offer your services.

May is the month of the environment.
2005 is the year of the volunteer and May is the month to promote environmental projects. There are many 'one off' environmental events occurring over the next few weeks seeking volunteer support.

For example, this Sunday 22nd May [and for the next three weekends] Friends of the Trinkie are busy whitewashing the Trinkie outdoor swimming pool. The project is being completed over a period of time to enable the whitewash to dry and this is of course related to the tides.  Volunteers are asked to wear old warm clothing, equipment and materials are provided. If anyone is interested in supporting this worthwhile project please contact Patty Coghill on 01955 602456 she will be able to advise on future details.

In support of volunteers week, Volunteering Highland is undertaking a Riverside Path clear-up at Wick River on Wednesday 1st June. This will involve improving the general path area which can become water logged in winter months. Anyone interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities or would like information on how to volunteer contact Catherine 01955 605002.

Hot Opportunities
May 2005
Do you have a couple of hours available in the evenings? If so.....volunteers are required for the Wick and Thurso area. 

Thurso Key Housing are looking for a befriender to escort a lady to the bowling on a Tuesday evening [expenses are provided]. Befriending is an opportunity to help others expand their social skills and gain confidence. If you think you might be interested in this worthwhile opportunity contact Catherine at Volunteering Highland 01955 605002.

Wick Jam Club located at the youth club, are looking for adult helpers to help out on a Saturday evening 7-9PM. The club offers activities on other evenings but they are finding it difficult to get helpers for Saturday. Once again if you are interested contact Catherine 01955 605002 or e-mail volhighlandcaithness@telfordhouse.com

Hot List
March 2005

Are you interested in the environment and gardening?..If so, Wick Flower Basket Committee are looking for volunteers to help maintain and water the displays throughout the summer.
It is hoped that a rota system could be implemented if enough volunteers come forward. Reliability and commitment are the only ingredients necessary.  Think you might be interested ? call Catherine at Volunteering Highland.

Wick Town Improvements [Gala committee] are looking for a treasurer to help run the extremely popular Gala. This annual event raises the profile of Caithness at home and abroad, but relies on the good-will of volunteers for its success. Volunteers are always needed to help organise this event.
If you think you would like to contribute to the continued success of the Gala call Catherine at Volunteering Highland. 01955 605002 email: volhighlandcaithness@telfordhouse.com

February 2005
We are looking for youth Leader/Assistants to help with uniformed and non-uniformed youth groups in your area.  For example, 1st Wick Scouts and Wick Boys Brigade are looking for Leaders to help.

So, if you have a couple of hours available on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings you could help these groups continue.

If you think you might be interested contact Catherine at Volunteering Highland 01955 605002 or e-mail volhighlandcaithness@telfordhouse.com  for more information.