The community is invited to review accomplishments since the 2014 Spirit of Community event and set goals for the future of Forres during Spirit of Community 2 at Forres Town Hall

FACT Development Manager Debbie Herron, Moray Advisor Lorna Creswell (Forres, independent) and FACT Facilities Coordinator Charlotte Grigg with copies of the 2014 Spirit of Community report.

FORRES Town Hall will hold a special public event to review the goals and aspirations registered by the community in 2014.

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT), Forres Area Forum, tsiMORAY, Forres and Dyke Community Councils and Moray Council’s Community Support Unit invite the public to attend “Spirit of Community 2” (SoC2) on April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

FACT’s head of development, Debbie Herron, explained that SoC2 offers the opportunity to make a real difference in the region.

She said: “The last event brought together so many people and created the starting point for activities and opportunities, while providing evidence of the needs in the region to attract resources and support.

She added: “The April 27 event and other activities are being organized by a task force which also includes representatives from Forres Area Sports Hub, Leanchoil Trust and Finderne Development Trust. We want it to be as inclusive as possible and hope people will sign up by calling FACT on 01309 674 388, emailing [email protected] or via spirit-of-community-2-come-together-tickets-316641311687. »

Moray councilor and director of the Moray Firth Credit Union, Lorna Creswell, helped organize Spirit of Community in 2014.

She said: “The original event was for residents of the Forres area to show what can be done by communicating, sharing skills/experiences and resources without professional service management. However, this time Moray Council officers will be involved as SoC2 will support the local results improvement plan.

Moray Council Community Support Officer Martin Robertson took on the role of predecessor Sylvia Jamieson, who facilitated a number of post-SoC projects. He said: “At SoC2 there will be tea and coffee, a welcome and a short presentation on what has been achieved since 2014.

“This will be followed by discussion groups around the four themes – local environment; transport, circulation and access; recreation and tourism; facilities and services. We hope to engage young people on specific work that will feed into it.

“The information will be collated into a report. We must recognize all that has been accomplished.

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