Dunbeath and District Centre celebrated its Silver Jubilee year 25th anniversary in July by completing a major makeover, which included installing new flooring, wiring and new doors as well as a water boiler, furniture, floor coverings a TV and a Caithness flagstone hearth. The renovation works cost £30,000 with funds coming from Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd, the National Lottery, the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund as well as the centre itself.
The centre, which acts an emergency centre during bad weather, power failures and road closures, opened officially in November 1993. At first, it catered for around 12 elderly people from the Dunbeath area but has grown since then. The premises were extended in 2002 to include a dining room and cold store. It is open about 60 hours a week from Monday to Friday and has three part-time staff and a team of 28 volunteers, including the management team.
The centre caters for more than 170 users who come from Dunbeath, Berriedale, Latheronwheel and Latheron but also from other parts of Caithness, including Watten, Wick, Thrumster and Castletown.
It provides meals, internet access, a laundry, hairdresser and an informal good neighbour scheme. It also organises guest speakers, quizzes, demonstrations, bingo and whist as well as yoga, Pilates, cooking, bread making and art classes.