• Community News

    Winter Wonderland Event

    Winter Wonderland Event – Forres Town Hall

    4 December @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    FACT and Forres Town Hall are holding a Winter Wonderland Event on Saturday 4 December, from 10am until 5pm.

    There will be a gingerbread ‘building’ competition with three age categories: primary, secondary and adult and three themes: local interest, most festive and wow factor.  You can download the entry form from here and we have even given you a template to follow.  Test your gingerbread creative skills and have a go.

    Throughout the day you will be able to view the marvelous gingerbread creations displayed in the Lesser Hall, browse through a wide selection of festive stalls and in the morning enjoy refreshments provided by Friends of Guiding.  During the Afternoon the will be more refreshments, a cake decorating display, judging of the gingerbread competition with prizes awarded at 4.30pm.

    Forres Online – Mobile Dropin Session

    Forres Online are out and about again. Their first mobile session will be held on Wednesday 10 November 2021, in the Findhorn Village Centre 10am to 12.30pm.

    Learn how to improve your digital skills. The sessions are free and are designed to offer help and advice with your digital device, all welcome.

    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 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)


    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.


    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.

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

    Please use this link, scan the code 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