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Spirit Of Caithness Awards

The Spirit of Caithness awards were helpd on the 23 September to celebrate the contribution  the projects have made to the area.  There were six award categories which demonstrated the ethos of the fund.

The categories and winners are:

Spirit Awards 1A project which has worked with older people and has reduced isolation and increased involvement in thecommunity

Ormlie Community Association

A project which has shown an increase in the wellbeing of participants
Caithness CAB

A project which has resulted in an increased awareness of the issues affecting disabled people
No Limits Caithness

A project which has resulted in a positive change in the lives of disabled participants
Caithness RDA: 

A project which has connected isolated people to activities
Befriending Caithness: 

A project which has given an opportunity for potential role models to share their skills
Science 03

Panel’s Choice Award: The project that the Panel felt best fit the ethos of the Spirit of Caithness
Caithness Stroke Group

No project went home empty handed. The remaining entrants were awarded £250 towards their project - Northstone 58 Stonefest, Caithness KLICKS, Traill Hall Community Trust, Lyth Arts Centre, Lorraine Bremner School of Dance Development Association, Caithness Book Club, Thurso Town Improvements Association and Thurso Town Improvements Association.


Funding Update

Find out how the Spirit of Caithness has been supporting groups in Caithness.

Junior World Surfing Championships

Scotland had not previously competed in The Junior World Surfing Championships. Three of the team  selected to represent Scotland in The Azores in September 2016 were young Caithness surfers. The three participants had now offer coaching to the younger members of the North Shore Surf Club and are now role models for the sport, showing younger surfers that competing on the world stage is possible for young people from a remote rural area.

Debbie Wilson, an SSF Fundraiser said: “The grant went towards travel and accommodation for the competition. Scotland sent a team of athletes and achieved a world ranking of 27th. The three young athletes from Thurso gained confidence in themselves by being able to compete on the world stage. Achieving a world ranking will give the group
entry to additional international competitions.” 

Brough Bay Bothy Night

The Bothy Night Music Event offered a new kind of music to Caithness. Kleyne Klezmer were invited to perform, offering  an insight into a diffierent cultural tradition.  They performed alongside local musicians and entertainers, with the youngest entertainer being nine.  Everyone who came along had a great ime and it is hoped that event can be repeated.

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