• Community News

    FACT Volunteering Opportunity

    Help needed for our new Wednesday Lunch Club.
    We are starting a new lunch club on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 in the Town Hall.

    If anyone has a few hours to help out over lunch time it would be greatly appreciated. We are in need of:

    2 x Driver

    2 x Escort

    2 x Servers/Table set up

    2 x For washing up

    If you can help either regularly or occasionally please let us know by 29th October.
    We would like to thank you all for your continued support.
    April and Kirsty 

    Volunteering Opportunities

    Step By Step

    STEP BY STEP IN MORAY is a charity which supports families with young children who
    feel isolated or vulnerable for many different reasons. We help them to develop
    friendships, confidence and skills which will improve their wellbeing and resilience,
    enabling them to give their children the best start in life.

    St Leonard’s Church Hall, Forres: Wednesdays (10am – 11.30am / 12.30pm – 2pm)
    Victoria House, Elgin: Mondays – Thursdays (9.30am – 11am / 12.30pm – 2pm)
    Victoria House, Elgin: Fridays (9.45am – 11.15am)

    OUR VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are the heartbeat of Step by Step. They are kind,
    considerate, non-judgmental, and empathetic. The ability to build trust in people where
    trust can be difficult is important, as is the ability to communicate sensitively and
    effectively with adults and children. Our volunteers support Step by Step staff during
    group sessions by providing a welcoming face to our families, engaging with them
    through conversation, play, activities and stories. They help prepare and serve snacks,
    tidy up and feedback information to our staff at the end of each session. All our
    volunteers must be aged 18 or over and eligible for PVG membership.

    WHAT WE OFFER: In return we offer a taster session, induction training, training
    workshops and expenses.

    To find out more please e-mail info@stepsmoray.org or telephone 01343 544628

    FACT accredited as a Living Wage employer

    On 4th October 2021 Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) became accredited as a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Forres Area Community Trust receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour. 

    In Scotland, more than 15% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 350,000 jobs. Despite this, Forres Area Community Trust has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work

    The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate calculated according to the costs of living. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay. 

    Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 45000 people in Scotland and put over £240 million extra into the pockets of low paid Scottish workers. 

    “FACT’s aim is to create a better place to live, work and visit” said Debbie Herron Development Manager for FACT, she continued “by making the commitment to our staff to pay the real Living Wage, we are actively delivering this vision. The timing of this achievement now is particularly important as this week is Challenge Poverty Week.” 

    Peter Kelly, Director of The Poverty Alliance said: Too many workers in Scotland are in the grip of poverty and employers choosing to pay at least the real Living Wage can loosen that grip. Payment of the real Living Wage allows those in work to become more included in society, better meet their everyday needs, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer. Congratulations to Forres Area Community Trust on their Living Wage commitment, and I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming Living Wage accredited.

    Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland Manager said: “We’re delighted that Forres Area Community Trust  has become an accredited Living Wage employer. They join a growing movement of over 1900 employers in Scotland who together want to ensure workers have what they need to thrive. 

    Our Living Wage employer network includes lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic brands like SSE, Standard Life Aberdeen, Barrs, Brewdog, & D.C. Thomson. We hope to see many more employers following their example.” 

    Forres Repair Cafe – Free

    FORRES REPAIR CAFÉ for International Repair Day 

    Sat. 16th October, 1-4pm 

    Forres Town Hall 

    Don’t despair, repair! 

    Wobbly chair? TV on the blink? Torn a favourite shirt? Want to learn how to fix it in a friendly atmosphere? Whatever it is, bring it along to the Forres Town Hall and we’ll teach you how! Repairs are free, donations are accepted.

    Please use this link or scan the code to  

    RSVP so that we can see what’s needed and come prepared: 

    https://is.gd/forresrepair21 or email your request to:  ttforres@gmail.com 

    Shared Lives Plus Survey

    HomeShare is coming to Scotland!

    Shared Lives Plus are the UK network for HomeShare. They believe HomeShare has the potential to change the face of social care in the UK. How? HomeShare enables two unrelated people to share a home for mutual benefit.

    This scheme would be a great way to encourage key workers to come to the area or stay in the area such as teachers, nurses, midwives, doctors, care workers etc as well as providing low level support and companionship for householders.  

    Please see the links below for surveys regarding this service with a deadline date of 29th October 2021.




    To find out more visit www.sharedlivesplus.org.uk

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Forres Youth Concert 2021 – Online Edition

    Welcome to the 51st Forres Youth Concert, organised by the Forres Community Activities Association. Due to general restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the difficult decision was made to hold this annual event showcasing the talents of local youngster, online this year in the form of a compilation video, please feel to share with all your friends and family.

    The link for the YouTube video can be found here https://youtu.be/4WMYjhmrmUU

    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


    • 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


    • 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.


    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

    Drumming & Gentle Seated Exercises

    Great News.. Drumming and Gentle Seated Exercises with Sharon from Active Minds Moray, are back for good!

    You will need 2 scarves and 2 small tins. The sessions are online or face to face in the Forres Town Hall.

    Tuesdays, 1030am – 12 midday

    Transport with the Osprey Bus is available for a small donation.

    To book your place and transport, if required, contact Kirsty on 01309 674388 or email kirsty@forresarea.org

    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!