Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to Coronavirus. It is a partnership with the Scottish Government, Local Councils, and SCVO. It is also supported by a range of other organisations from around Scotland and the UK.
Getting online will help people access the support and services they need. As well as helping them to keep in touch with friends & family. In order to help get people online they are supplying Ipads, Chromebooks and Internet Dongles along with help and support people to develop digital skills. They are mainly targeting those that are:
Digitally excluded – Those that do not have the appropriate device/connectivity at home.
On low incomes – Those that cannot afford to purchase a device and or pay for internet access at home.
At risk of isolation due to coronavirus – Those that are vulnerable (shielding) or higher risk of severe illness.
Forres Online via Moray Council has been allocated a number of devices/connectivity and will be providing ongoing support. If you know of someone who falls into the category above and would benefit from this programme, then please get in touch with Janice Cooper Forres Online Project Coordinator 01309 674388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on from an intensive briefing day last Friday we hope to have the volunteer telephone befriending programme up and running by Friday this week. We can help with signposting to services that can help you if you are in need. This is a work in progress and will develop over the coming weeks as we understand the impact of the pandemic on our community.
Please keep in touch through social media or by calling us on 01309 674 388 and leaving a message. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Following on from the current advice given by the Scottish
Government and NHS, Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) have reviewed how we can
respond to the current Coronavirus situation.
The FACT team still remain
open for business but our approach is changing.
You may find the following information useful.
As a social space Forres Town Hall will be closed for the foreseeable future (at least until the 13th April when we will review the situation and make decisions about our next steps).
FACT is preparing an action plan for ensuring that people can still access Forres Online and the Cameron Project (befriending) through the telephone or online. More information will be posted online and as posters around the area as we confirm the detail. Please follow us on Twitter @Forres_Area, Facebook – Forres Area Community Trust or Forres Town Hall or check out our website – forresarea.org to keep up to date with our news and the changing situation.
FACT staff will be working from home and can still be contacted by email through email@example.com or by leaving a message on 01309 674 388. You can also drop a note through the Town Hall door or write to us at Forres Town Hall, High Street, Forres IV36 1PB. We will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.
Requests for Food Parcels can be made direct to Moray Food Plus on 01343 208 293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and food donations can be made to the Co-op, Forres High Street.
We are planning a co-ordinated approach to supporting those most isolated and vulnerable. This will include opportunities for a telephone befriending system and we are looking for volunteers to help. If you are interested in helping out please contact Kirsty at email@example.com for more detail.
We are still here and happy to help however we can under the
Following its acquisition of Forres Town Hall from Moray Council via a Community Asset Transfer and with grant support from the Scottish Land Fund, Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) is seeking a Project Officer to work on the development of Stage 1 of the £2 – £3m Town Hall Regeneration Project. This will secure the future of this significant Category B Listed Building as a multi-purpose hub for the local community.
The appointment of the Project Officer will be from April 2020 until the end of March 2021, during which time the project will be developed up to Planning Permission / Listed Building Consent stage. The role will involve 30 hours per week at a salary of £20,826 per annum.
For more information view the attached Job Description & Application Form.
to buy Forres Town Hall and turn it into a venue for community, business and
training events has been successful in the latest round of grant applications
to the Scottish Land Fund.
Area Community Trust has been awarded £116,365 to purchase the hall, which has
been a feature of the town’s High Street since 1829, in order to provide
community facilities, meeting rooms, study and workshop areas, training
facilities and co-working hot desks.
Debbie Herron, Development Manager Forres Area Community Trust, said:
“We are delighted at the news that Forres Area Community Trust has been awarded the SLF funding to buy Forres Town Hall on behalf of the community. This endorsement of our work means that we can continue to work to support the development and resilience of our community into the future.”
the Town Hall into community ownership and having the support of the Scottish
Land Fund is the first step in redeveloping and refurbishing the building for
the benefit of the community.
Fabio Villani Chair of Forres Area Community Trust said:
“The Scottish Land Fund’s generous support enables us to purchase Forres Town Hall as well as to further develop our plans for its future. It marks an important milestone in the history of Forres, as one more key element of the town’s heritage is fully returned to the direct care of the local community. It also marks an important milestone in the development of FACT as a key organisation in helping the people of Forres make the most of the Town’s many assets. ”
If anyone would like any further information, please do get in touch on 01309 674388, firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the office between 10am and 1pm through the week.