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    Job Vacancy: Operations Manager

    Operations Manager:

    Operations Manager, 27.5 hours per week, to be worked flexibly, managing the operations and internal running of Forres Area Community Trust and Forres Town Hall and/or other properties that FACT may occupy.

    There is another post that is being advertised concurrently with this one, for part time Finance Manager, and FACT is open to applications for both posts from the same applicant.

    Find out more and apply here.

    Job Vacancy: Finance Manager

    Finance Manager:

    Finance Manager, part time (6 hours per week), managing the finances of Forres Area Community Trust and Forres Town Hall, and/or other properties that FACT may occupy. 

    This post could be carried out on a self employed basis.

    There is another post that is being advertised concurrently with this one, for Operations Manager, and FACT is open to applications for both posts from the same applicant.

    Find out more and apply here.

    Job Vacancy: Finance and Data Officer

    We are currently seeking a talented Finance and Data Officer.

    As the organisation grows, the complexity to manage multiple streams of funding and performance data for our suite of projects and services, has similarly grown. Using accounts packages and data systems, we want to grow our own specialist who can shape a new way of recording and reporting on our performance to help further drive our organisation forwards.  You will also be the go to person for managing FACT performance data, and sharing this across the team to help us continue to reach our project / work goals.  Overall you will want to develop your business improvement techniques in this post to help create efficiencies, make the best use of technology, and gather and use information well to underpin our drive to success. Find out more and apply here.

    Queens Jubilee Celebration Weekend – 2nd to 5th June 2022

    Forres is hosting a four-day event to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    A number of community groups from across the town are working together to create a programme of events kicking off on Thursday, June 2.

    The celebrations will include live music, a picnic in the park, music from the Forres & District Pipe Band, a performance of the official Queen’s Jubilee song and the return of the Toun Mercat.

    Forres Community Council, Forres In Bloom and the Forres Community Activities Association are taking a lead on the organisation of the event.

    Kathleen Robertson, chair of the Forres Community Council said: “We are very excited to be working as a community to stage a very special event spanning four days to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Once again, Forres is proving what a great community spirit it has, and we are well on our way to creating a fabulous occasion that the whole town will be able to enjoy.”

    The event will kick off on the evening of Thursday, June 2 with the Tolbooth being lit up to stand as a ‘beacon,’ and will become part of a network of more than 1,500 beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, and UK overseas territories.

    At 9.35pm, Pipers from the Forres & District Pipe Band will play ‘Diu Regnare’ – a unique tune especially written for the Platinum Jubilee. Imogen Symon, will play cornet piece ‘Majesty’ at 9.40pm which will officially announce the lighting of the Tolbooth at 9.45pm to the song ‘A Life Lived With Grace,’ by the Forres Youth Choir which is being performed at beacon lighting ceremonies up and down the country.

    On Friday, the Toun Mercat will take place organised by the Forres Community Activities Association and on Sunday, people are being invited to a Picnic in the Park event at Grant Park where there will be a fancy-dress competition, tree planting, fun runs, live music and more.

    Rachel Philp, a volunteer with the FCAA said: “It’s so great to be bringing events back to Forres and for such a great reason. The Toun Mercat last took place in 2018 and usually takes place every three years as part of Scottish Week but 2021 was cancelled due to Covid 19, so this Mercat is being specially pulled together to help the town celebrate the Jubilee. We are now taking applications from people who want to take stalls and get involved and all they need to do is get in touch.”

    Kathleen added: “There really is something for everyone to enjoy, from special church services and bell ringing to the picnic in the park with lots of family activities. We want people to come along and enjoy themselves and if anyone has other ideas of how they can get involved in any part of what we are creating, we urge them to get in touch. This is an event by the community for the community.”

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    Kathleen Robertson and Rachel Philp

    Businesses in Forres are being encouraged to get involved in the town’s Jubilee celebrations by dressing their properties or windows with a ‘royal’ theme.

    The Forres Area Business Association is making the appeal to businesses as the town gears up to host a number events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Claire Doughty, a director with FABA said: “The whole community is working together to bring something really special to Forres and the key organisers of the events have asked us to rally the businesses and get them involved. From Thursday, June 2 through to June 5 there will several events taking place, predominantly in the town centre, so we hope that we can get the town looking festive.”

    Claire added: “It’s great to see so much going on and we are pleased many businesses are staging their own events too. Forres is great at putting on a show and it looks like the Queen’s Jubilee will be celebrated in style.” 

    To book a stall at the Toun Mercat follow this link:

    Spirit of the Community Consultation – April/May 2022

    FORRES SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION APRIL 2022

    The Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) & other local organisations have come together to ask for views to help identify & understand the priorities of the Community under four themes.

    Themes: Local Environment, Transport/Traffic Access, Leisure & Tourism, Facilities & Services

    Each theme will be used to format questions for you to respond to in the survey.  This information will be collated with other research gathered to help us develop a community plan for the Forres Academy catchment area.  You will not be asked for your name and address (only postcode) and your answers will not be separately identifiable. To access the survey click the button or use the link below.

    Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WDZSBH7

    Please note that the survey is open until 31 May 2022

    Spirit of Community 2 Event – 27 April 2022

    Spirit of Community Event 2- Forres Town Hall – 27 April 2022 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

    A chance to to come along , share your experience and work together to make the Forres Area a better place to live, work and visit.

    It’s free to register, follow the link below:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirit-of-community-2-coming-together-tickets-316641311687?utm-campaign=social%2Cemail&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing%20Sent%20from%20Mail%20for%20Windows

    About this event

    The pandemic has deeply affected our community over the last two years, but we came together to support and help each other. Since the last Spirit of Community event in 2014 we have seen many changes and lots of Forres area based organisations have made a difference to where we live. The aim of the event is to bring together community representatives to discuss what we have in common and identify what our priorities are for the next 5 to 10 years building on what we already know and can do.

    6.30 p.m.⠀⠀Tea, coffee and networking

    7.00 p.m.⠀⠀Welcome, hosting and introductions by Seymour Monro

    7.10 p.m.⠀⠀ Short presentation about what progress we have made over the last 8 years and how that informs our plans for the future.

    7.30 p.m.⠀⠀Discussion groups (30 minutes per session) on the following themes:

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀1. The Local Environment

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀2. Transport, Traffic and Access

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀3. Leisure and Tourism

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀4. Facilities and Services

    8.05 p.m.⠀⠀Rotate to second theme group

    8.35 p.m.⠀⠀Summary of each group and feedback – facilitators can feedback on the top 3 items for each table

    9.15 p.m.⠀⠀Close and networking

    Festive Season Opening Hours – Forres Town Hall

    Forres Town Hall will be closed from Wednesday 22 December 2021 from 12.30pm to Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 10am.  

    We plan to open from 10 – 12 Monday to Friday in the New Year unless there are changes to the current Covid19 restrictions.  If our opening hours are affected we will let you all know via our website forresarea.org or Facebook.

    Warmest wishes from everyone at FACT for a happy, safe Christmas and New Year.

    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.”