Forres Town Hall, High Street, Forres, Moray, IV36 1PB info@forresarea.org 01309 674 388

FACT’s Free Online Sessions

Looking for something to do? Learn a new skill? OUR FREE ONLINE SESSIONS in Knitting, Crocheting, Paper Crafts and Drumming Exercises are suitable for all ages.

If you are worried about getting on Zoom get in touch with our Forres Online on 07536 978396 or janice@forresarea.org who is happy to help.

Classes start on the 5th April with Sharon Finlay getting fit and getting digital. Don’t be disappointed ,book your space and get the zoom link to join by contacting kirsty@forresarea.org or lorretta@forresarea.org.

#variscrafts #activemindsmoray

Community Asset Transfer Completed

Fantastic News ! – Its official  – Forres Town Hall is now in the hands of the community following the conclusion of a successful asset transfer to FACT (Forres Area Community Trust).We here at Forres Area Community Trust would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible and look forward to the regeneration project and bring the Forres Town Hall back to life for all the  community to enjoy! Why not check out the proposed regeneration plans and images for yourself here.

Updated Covid Leaflet (January 2021)

Fully revised and updated contact numbers and email addresses for organisations and agencies that are here to help you.

As the impact of the Covid19 pandemic continues FACT are here to assist folk in the Forres Area. Please contact us or one of the organisations listed and we can offer confidential, impartial advice and help.

Fact’s Co-op Fund Appeal

Forres Area Community Trust would like to buy equipment and crockery to stock the kitchen in Forres Town Hall, for use at community meals and coffee mornings.

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/54421

About this cause

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) is a development trust that works within the Forres area to support community development and empowerment. We run various projects that include befriending for older people, digital connectivity and running Forres Town Hall to benefit the community. This includes support groups, charities and activities including coffee mornings and events.

How this cause brings people in the community together

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have worked with many groups to reach those that are the most vulnerable and isolated. Going forward we know the Town Hall will open again to the public. We know many people will be looking forward to meeting friends and getting out. We aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for this to happen and having equipment to ensure changeovers will be essential

High Street Heroes Awards: Results Announced

Forres Area Community Trust have been awarded a Highly Commended High Street Heroes award in an initiative which recognises the people, businesses and local organisations who have gone above and beyond to support their communities during the coronavirus lockdown and re-opening. This initiative is run by the Scotland Loves Local Campaign, which is managed by Scotland’s Towns Partnership.

In each local authority area of Scotland one Regional Champion and a few select Highly Commended titles have been awarded. These entries have received prior notification and will receive a certificate of recognition. Meanwhile all eligible entries are being celebrated and thanked with the title of High Street Hero in the Scotland’s Towns Partnership Roll of Honour. 

FACT are thrilled to be recognised and highly commended for their work in responding to the impact of the coronavirus lockdown. Volunteers and staff stepped up to help those who needed support at this time and worked with a range of local businesses and organisations to meet the needs of our community.

FACT was also pleased to see that other organisations and individuals were recognised for their efforts during this time and beyond. Well done everyone.

Joanna Taylor who is a director of FACT said:

“This is a well-deserved recognition for the work that was done, and is being done, in difficult circumstances.”

With congratulations to the other award winners in Moray who are as follows:

Moray Regional Champion

Ian and Rena Watson, of Cullen Bay Hotel, Cullen

Highly Commended

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT)

Vince Lyon & Bert Logie, Forres in Bloom

Juliette Buchan, Moray Shop Local

High Street Heroes

Findhorn Bay Arts, Forres

Gordon Brailsford & Colleagues, Mosset Tavern, Forres

Medine Duff, Café Medina Pop-Up Café, Forres

Sarah Holmes, Pencil Me In, Elgin

All nominees have received the heartfelt thanks of both Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Scottish Government’s Communities Secretary. 

Scotland’s Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell praised each and every award nominee for their efforts, saying: “I would like to thank these High Street Heroes for going the extra mile to help their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am pleased the Scottish Government has been able to support these awards through our funding for Scotland’s Towns Partnership. They typify the kind of community spirit that has supported people and improved lives.

“This has been a difficult year for all of us, and the only way we will get through is by sticking together, being kind, and offering help where it is needed. The fact that these awards received more than 1,200 nominations just shows how much people have appreciated those who have pulled together to help one another.”

STP’s Chief Officer, Phil Prentice, said: “The dedication with which people across Scotland have supported those around them during the pandemic has been remarkable. We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on the amazing difference that our High Street Heroes have made and thank them for all they have done.’’

“They are an inspiration – local people helping their communities and customers like never before. They highlight the vital part that high street businesses play in our lives and why we must support them to ensure they continue to be there for us.”