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    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.” 

    Activities Assistant – Filled

    • 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

    Find Out the FACTs

    An activity day where people can try their hand at drumming, listen to children’s storytelling sessions and enjoy a spot of Highland dancing and piping is taking place this month.

    Forres Area Community Trust is staging a ‘Find Out the FACTs’ event in Grant Park on 21st of August.

    The event is to showcase what the Trust does and how the Forres Town Hall is used.

    Kirsty Williams, who is the Old Persons’ Project Co-ordinator with FACT and who is organising the day explained: “We are really looking forward to Find Out the FACTs which is really an opportunity for people to come along, have some fun and find out more about what we do.

    “FACT works with so many different partners and we have a very busy schedule with loads of activities that support many different groups in the community. All we want to do at our Grant Park event is spread awareness of what’s available to do in the area, not just by ourselves but those organisations and groups we work in partnership with to make the area a better place to live, work and visit.”

    “Through the pandemic, FACT really came to the fore and we worked with a range of partners to support those who were vulnerable or struggling during the lockdowns, but now things are getting better and restrictions are easing, we are working on promoting our classes and workshops and just want to showcase what we and our partners have to offer the people of the area.”

    In March, it was announced that FACT had taken ownership of Forres Town Hall after a successful community asset transfer process. The Trust had been managing the building since 2018.

    It is now pushing forward with a fundraising strategy to raise the £3.4 million for a regeneration project to redevelop the building as a thriving venue and facility fit for the 21st century and to provide services and resources for the area into the future.

    Kirsty said: “FACT is delighted to be the custodian of the Town Hall on behalf of the community, and our event will also allow us to talk to the public about the hall and what the plans are for its future. We can also share with attendees about all the great activities that take place in the hall.”

    Find Out the FACTs will take place between midday and 4pm on 21st of August.

    FACT secured funding from the Scottish Government, via Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), from the Communities Recovery Fund.

    Kirsty said: “HIE is co-ordinating the Communities Recovery Fund in the Highlands and Islands, on behalf of the Scottish Government, for all eligible community organisations, who are implementing changes to reintroduce the delivery of existing services and activities that have been suspended or severely reduced because of COVID-19 and/or deliver new services identified as a priority by the community as a result of COVID-19.”

    “We are delighted that our event is able to go ahead after securing this funding. There will something for everyone. We have some great entertainment lined up and there is something for all age groups. We have drumming with Active Minds Moray, Forres Online will be there to explain how they can help people improve their digital knowledge, we will have storytelling from Margot Henderson, Scottish country dancers and pipers from the Forres and District Pipe Band.

    “We invite people to come along and bring a picnic and spend the afternoon with us. It’s a real community event. Wave Radio are supporting us by handling the announcing and the organisers of the Forres Highland Games which have been hit hard by the pandemic are lending us tables and chairs.

    “If a picnic is not your thing, we will be situated near Mather’s so there will be an opportunity to grab something from there as well, and for kids to not only enjoy what we have on offer but have fun at the playpark and in Grant Park too.”