Trust News

Forres Connected – Culture & Heritage

FACT has joined up with Forres Heritage Trust and other interested organisations, groups, businesses and individuals to bring a package of heritage projects to Forres after securing £20K in funding from the UK Government through the UK Shared prosperity Fund.

The pilot initiative called Forres Connected-Culture and Heritage will bring a programme of activities including guided walks and tours, talks, traditional entertainment events, and tailor-made activity packages for day and longer stay visitors, to name but a few of the plans, from April to September 2024.

A new leaflet has also been produced which highlights just some of the exciting events taking place in Forres over the next few months and puts a spotlight on a map of the town’s many heritage landmarks.

The groups currently involved in the project are: Highland Youth Theatre, Leanchoil Trust, Findhorn Bay Arts, St John’s Church, Film Forres, Friends of the Falconer Museum, Forres Area Business Association, Forres Area Tourism Network, HA HA (Helen Avenell Heritage Associates) and individuals who are involved in local events such as the Forres Highland Games, Grant Park 100 and the British Pipe Band Championships and Forres Local.

The funding has also allowed us to create a Heritage Information Hub in Forres Town Hall. Opening times, Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

For further information on the various activities and developments or how to get involved please go to the Forres Connected-Culture and Heritage Facebook Page, alternatively email us at or pop in to speak to one of our lovely Volunteers at the Heritage Information Hub.

Recruitment of Directors and Trustees

We are looking to recruit new directors and trustees for Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) to support our charity and the services that operate in the Forres catchment area. We are a development trust with long term plans to make the Forres area a better place to live, work and visit which includes the future sustainability of Forres Town Hall.

If you have experience and knowledge in governance, personnel, quality assurance, strategic planning and/or income generation, we would love to hear from you.

The following areas are of particular interest but are not exclusive:

  • Strategic vision
  • Independent judgement
  • Willingness to give time and commitment to being a Board Member and trustee

The position is unpaid but will provide a great deal of experience and satisfaction. We meet on a monthly basis with additional subgroups for those members who would like to get more involved with a specific area of work.

Jim Farquharson, Chair is quoted:
‘It is a great pleasure to be involved with FACT and it’s a good time to be part of a forward thinking organisation which will always have the community central to everything we do. In these times of immense challenges for the people who live and work in the Forres area, FACT gives people a chance to make a real difference to the Town Hall and the services we provide for the local community, along with our many partners and funders.’

We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse board of directors and trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you would like to join our Board then please go to our website for further information and an application form. Alternatively, please contact our Development Manager, Michelle Gillibrand via email,

Closed: Befriender Co-ordinator (Cameron Project)

Pay Scale: £28,174.00 pro-rata, (£15.48 per hour)
Hours of Work: 16 hours per week, to be worked flexibly, may be increased subject to funding
Contract Length: 24 months

An exciting and rewarding opportunity has arisen to help people in the Forres area make a real positive difference in their lives. As the Befriender Co-ordinator you will work in conjunction and in collaboration with the current Development Team at FACT and with the many Support Partner Organisations and Agencies we work with.

This post will continue to develop the Befriending programme and coordinate a programme of diverse activities for those living in the Forres Academy Catchment Area that aims to address isolation & loneliness, in particular, those that may be hard to reach.

Click here for the job description and application form.

Closing date: Monday 12th June at 12 noon

(We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive sufficient applications for the role)