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Caithness Adaptive & Collaborative Communities

Meet The Team

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Julie Marker

Stephanie Remers

Andrew Mackay

Kay Nicolson

Project Coordinator

Project Officer

Digital Officer

Project Officer

Julie has worked in the third sector in various roles for many years. She is passionate about levelling the playing field for everyone and tackling the barriers that prevent fair opportunities.


She has a keen interest in building and strengthening the capacity of organisations so they are fully equipped to respond to local needs. She understands the real life dilemmas and inequalities that lead to poor health outcomes. For example; living in poverty leads to poor mental and physical health. Poor health outcomes are determined very early on in life and sadly children growing up in poverty, experience more stress and trauma than other children.

 Evidence suggests that positive interventions can reduce some of the risk factors and it is important that organisations and services are supported to do this.

The Third Sector plays a vital role to address inequalities in Caithness and throughout the nation.

Stephanie has a keen interest in social equality and social economics. She has a degree in Peace Studies & International Relations and a Masters in Sustainable Energy Solutions.


Originally from Manchester, her family have lived in Caithness for the last 20 years.

Stephanie lives with her partner Michael and their son.

While in Caithness she has been working in the community supporting Mental Health.

She has worked all over the world in countries such as France, Belgium, Geneva, India, Kurdistan and Cyprus.

Stephanie has worked in the third sector for over 15 years working on projects from nuclear disarmament with the Mayors of Hiroshima & Nagasaki to local community work supporting Women's Rights and the Manchester People Against Austerity campaign.

Kay is passionate about connecting people, with a particular interest in the strengthening and development of communities with limited resources and opportunities.


Having grown up in a community with varying levels of privilege, and substantial divide in access to support, Kay was drawn to the Adaptive & Collaborative Communities Project by its aims to enable inclusive growth in rural and underfunded communities, understanding and empathising with the challenges a lack of resources can bring to communities. While studying in Aberdeen, Kay became involved with community projects in underprivileged areas of the city.

Kay has a degree in Contemporary Art Practice from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, and runs a creative business with her husband, Michael. They live in Wick with their son.

Andrew has been incredibly interested in technology from a very young age. He has also been working from the young age of 14, then went of to Aberdeen to study Computer Animation, technology, math and Communication.

Born in Wick & living in Caithness, at the age of 19 solo travelled to different countries while he studied in Aberdeen, after finishing four years of part time and over a year in full time employment. During his time at home he would be either studying or working.

In 2021 was brought into CVG as a Digital Assistant to remake the CVG website. As of 2022, he is now a Digital Officer at CVG helping maintain social medias, websites and doing whatever is needed big or small.

Rebecca is from Cape Breton Island in Canada and moved to Ardgay at the end of 2020. Rebecca’s experience of working with communities to develop projects will be a great asset to the team. Rebecca also works part time with the Lairg & District Learning Centre

MAPPING Caithness

A series of maps outlining resources throughout the area.

Community Council Map

Community Council areas within Caithness.

Community/Village Hall Map

Community and Village halls in Caithness.

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Transport Map

Railway stations, bus routes, community transport services and electric vehicle charging points in Caithness.

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Defibrillator Map

Public defibrillators throughout Caithness.

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Food Map

Community gardens, larders and other food-related groups in Caithness.

ONLINE Resources

Online resources and Infomation created by the CACC Team.


HERE for Caithness

'Here For Caithness', a digital guide to resources and services which improve the mental health of our community right here in Caithness.

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CVG Website Remake

In the beginning of Summer 2021, the CVG began to be recreated and at the end of Summer the new website was launched.


Reports, guides, toolkits and other resources created by the CACC Team.

Heart & Hands

Mental Health in Caithness from the Communities Perspective 
Research & Report

A research paper was undertaken by Covid-19 Resilience Group, Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Group, in partnership with the CACC team, on the Caithness communities experience of mental health support in the region.


Covid Changescape: Our Caithness Community
Research & Report

A research paper was undertaken by The University of Highlands and Islands in partnership with the CACC Team, on the effects the pandemic had on the Caithness community in terms of development and resilience. 


Connectivity in Caithness
Research & Report

The research was completed online to get feedback from the Caithness community on their connectivity abilities in the region.


Caithness Household Energy 
Efficiency Survey

Data Results

The research was undertaken by the Covid-19 Resilience Group, Caithness Poverty Action Group, in partnership with the  CACC Team. 


Food & energy initiatives, Caithness
Printable Document

Where to go for food and energy advice and support.


Creating an APP

Creating an app for your community can be done in a variety of ways. This toolkit can help you to know how and what is needed to create one.

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