Digital Café challenges Highlanders to save money
28th April 2017
People in the Highlands are being invited to drop in to new Digital Café sessions which could save them significant amounts of money.
The Highland Council in partnership with other Highland Social Landlords and the social enterprise company Libertie are hosting a series of mobile Digital Café events during May 2017.
The aims of the Café sessions are to help people save money and access a wide range of online services. This can be achieved by improving digital skills which are taught at the mobile digital cafes.
At the sessions participants will see short demonstrations from Libertie who will show them how to get the best out of the internet. For example they can assist with:
• getting online safely,
• paying bills online,
• shopping online,
• making a claim for benefits online,
• accessing Council and other public services online,
• how to get the most out of your cash, and
• banking online.
Everyone is welcome to come along for refreshments (tea and coffee) and a chat.
The Cafés are being held throughout May as follows:
• Oran Na Mara Café – Aultbea: 2-4pm on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th May
• Ross Memorial Hall – Fort Augustus: 10-12am on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st May
• Crigmonie Centre – Drumnadrochit: 2-4pm on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st May
The first 12 café session are being piloted with a view to further roll-outs across the region if demand proves successful.
Through this project, funded by Highland Council and the Big Lottery Fund, the Council and partners are committed to assisting residents of the Highlands to maximise their income and be financially and digitally included.
The Highland Council has responded to the news that the Board of The Highland Military Tattoo have taken the decision not hold another Tattoo. Provost of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: "While we respect the decision of the Board of Directors of the Highland Military Tattoo, this is very sad news for the Highlands.
The Highland Council's chargeable garden waste brown bin collection service started on 3rd July 2017 and to date approximately 32,000 garden waste brown bin permits have been purchased. This accounts for 48% of households that previously received the Garden Waste Collection Service.
Pilot gives access to more than 120 libraries - and 1.6 million books. A pilot for a single card that can be used in any library has been launched in the north east.
The Highland Council received two awards at last week's Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning. One Award was in the "Process" Category for the Highland eDevelopment project and the second was in the "Place" category for the Nucleus Building in Wick.
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that the main phase of the work to construct the Kingussie Flood Alleviation Channel is now underway. The project is a joint venture between the Council and Pitmain Estate and is located on the Estate's land above the village of Kingussie.
The Highland Council achieved a 6% reduction in its year-on-year carbon emissions in 2016/17, equivalent to a saving of over 4,000 tonnes of CO2. In addition, thanks to a variety of energy efficiency measures implemented throughout the organisation, the Council saved almost £180k compared to the previous year, despite increasing energy costs.
Communities and developers will be invited to have their say in shaping a refreshed approach to dealing with developer contributions for developments across Highland. At today's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, members gave the go ahead for a six week public consultation on the Draft Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance which will begin in early 2018.
Parent representatives from 206 Parent Councils across the Highland region have been invited to attend the Highland Parent Council Partnership conference which will be held on Saturday 18 Nov 2017 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Guest speaker at the conference - to be held at Highland Council, Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness - will be John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
The Highland Council have reviewed and updated the administrative procedures around miscellaneous and animal establishment licensing making it easier for people to access information and provide feedback. An online register of all applications is now published on the Council's website and the procedures are clear on how individuals or groups can raise concerns or object to applications for these types of licence.
The Highland Council remains on track to provide much-needed affordable homes for a growing population with a pledge in its Strategic Housing Plan 2018-2023 to approve 500 units each year of which 70% will be for affordable rent and 30% for low cost home ownership. Members of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today (Wednesday 8 November) had the opportunity to discuss the Housing Investment Plan for 2018-2023 and to reaffirm the council's commitment to deliver new homes in the Highlands.
[Printer Friendly Version]