• Activities Assistant

    • Job Title: Activities Assistant
    • Employer: Forres Area Community Trust
    • Pay Scale: £9,984 plus pension
    • Hours of Work: 16 hours per week
    • Responsible to: Facilities Co-ordinator
    • Contract Length: until 30th September 2022 – extension subject to funding.

    Project Description and Aim

    Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) has secured funding through the Beatrice Fund, Peoples Postcode Lottery Fund and the Strengthening Communities Recovery Fund to provide activities and resources to address social isolation and increase connectivity (both digitally and socially) across the Forres area

    The project contributes to the following outcomes:

    • To improve the quality of life and resilience of the community
    • To improve the skills of volunteers through training and engagement
    • That people in the Forres area are less isolated and make connections

    FACT will manage a programme to provide activities, responsive digital help and services to the Forres community. The programme includes free drop-in sessions, outreach sessions, evening classes, talks and community events and activities.

    Person Specification

    Essential

    • Excellent IT skills (including proficiency with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS)
    • Excellent communication skills and an approachable manner
    • An organised approach to work and excellent time management skills
    • Experience of working with and supporting people
    • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
    • Cooperative attitude
    • Experience of working with volunteers
    • Ability to undertake marketing and promotion of the project

    Desirable

    • Familiarity with 3rd sector organisations
    • Knowledge of local Forres community and organisations in the area
    • The ability to travel to various locations in our catchment area
    • An understanding of event management

    Key Tasks

    • Supporting the Project Coordinators to deliver key project objectives
    • Supporting the development and delivery of activities and events
    • Supporting the marketing of the programme through social media and printed matter
    • Maintaining records of attendance and recording other key information as required
    • Updating and maintaining project equipment
    • Attending outreach sessions to deliver activities in the Forres area
    • Attending evening programme sessions when necessary
    • Supporting volunteers to learn new skills
    • Undertake reception duties in Forres Town Hall
    • And any other relevant duties that may arise as the work of the project evolves

    This job description reflects the major tasks to be carried out by the post holder and identifies the level of responsibility at which they will be required to work. In the interests of effective working, the major tasks may be reviewed from time to time to reflect changing project needs and circumstances. Such reviews and any consequential changes will be carried out in consultation with the post holder.

    Applications

    For more information please contact on info@forresarea.org or 01309 674 388.

    • Closing Date Wednesday 13th October 2021 at 12 noon.
    • Interviews on the 18th October 2021

    Survey for Forres Area Community Trust

    In March 2021 Forres Town Hall changed owners – thanks to a successful community asset transfer – and is now owned by the community. As many of you will know there are plans for a significant regeneration project for the building.

    As part of this process, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic which has meant huge changes for so many of us, we have to know more about what the community now needs from the Town Hall. The regeneration proposal transforms the Town Hall into multipurpose flexible spaces for a wide range of activities and services.

    We’re keen to know in what ways the community would like to see these spaces used and what the likely demand will be. That’s why we’re sending out this short survey.

    You can either complete it online on SurveyMonkey, download a digital version or pick up a printed version from the Town Hall Office or the Grant Park Event on 21st of August 2021.

    Please return completed paper surveys to the Town Hall Office.

    The survey is open for 4 weeks and closes on 9 September 2021.

    Thanks for taking part!

    Forres Online is Back

    Due to the easing of lockdown Forres Online can re-open face to face tech support at the town hall.

    We will be moving into the newly refurbished North Room.

    To keep people safe, we will be working a appointment only system. Please find out contact details in the poster below.

    We are hiring

    Volunteer and Community Engagement Co-ordinator

    • 35 Hours per week – to be worked flexibly
    • 12 month fixed term post, extension subject to funding
    • Immediate start available.
    • Probationary Period of 3 months
    • Salary: £26,026 plus pension

    Closing Date Wednesday 9th June 2021 at 12 noon.
    Interviews on the 14th June 2021

    For more information please see the attached application or contact info@forresarea.org | 01309 674 388.

    FACT is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC412275 and a registered charity in Scotland No; SCO44953

    This post is funded through the Adapt and Thrive Programme provided by the Scottish Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FACT’s Free Online Sessions

    Looking for something to do? Learn a new skill? OUR FREE ONLINE SESSIONS in Knitting, Crocheting, Paper Crafts and Drumming Exercises are suitable for all ages.

    If you are worried about getting on Zoom get in touch with our Forres Online on 07536 978396 or janice@forresarea.org who is happy to help.

    Classes start on the 5th April with Sharon Finlay getting fit and getting digital. Don’t be disappointed, book your space and get the zoom link to join by contacting kirsty@forresarea.org or lorretta@forresarea.org.

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    Befriender

    Our mission to promote the well being of people over the age of 50 in and around Forres, is helped by volunteers joining us as “Befrienders”. They help make life enjoyable and fulfilling and reduce social isolation. You might befriend people through our telephone befriending service, through face to face work, or by supporting older people’s events in the area. We are looking for volunteers with a friendly, outgoing personality, an empathy for older people, and who want to make a difference. Befriending calls are typically made in the morning or afternoon, and older people’s events can run at any time. How much you can support us, is up to you.  

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    Digital Champion Volunteer

    We are looking for people to become Digital  Champions who can provide IT support  especially the elderly. You don’t need to be an IT expert, but you do need to be patient, understanding and a great communicator.

    You’ll offer friendly and patient support to learners, so that they build their confidence, know how to find further help, and stay safe online.The role involves attendance at our support sessions and outreach visits. Helping people who are new to technology and perhaps assisting them remotely by telephone and other means. If you have experience of some coaching, mentoring, tutoring or teaching before that’s great. The role is based in Forres Town Hall.  There is free digital champions training available to volunteers. The role can be morning and afternoons and you will need to be able to cover at least one of our sessions in our Forres Online timetable.

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    Receptionist

    We are currently looking for Receptionists who can be welcome hosts to visitors to the Town Hall. This position plays a vital role in the customer service of our team, and in providing as much access as possible to the Town Hall across the week. The receptionists will provide administrative support, greet and direct visitors and answer and respond to calls. You will need to have good verbal communication skills, a strong ability to multi-task and a very friendly and welcoming demeanour. The role is based in Forres Town Hall. The role can be morning, afternoons or evenings for as little as a few hours a week.

    For more information, please contact us or