‘CONNECTING FINDERNE’ PROJECT Nov 2021 – March 2022
Our Connecting Finderne Project Co-ordinator, Kerry has initiated a Community Walk every Wednesday at Blairs Loch at 10am. This gentle walk is about 2km long and is suitable for everyone. Walking is a great way to boost your physical and mental health and is also a great way to meet new people. Refreshments are provided after the walk in the Bothy at the Boathouse.
COMMUNITY FACILITIES QUESTIONNAIRE
The Covid19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all our lives, on the way we do things, and possibly also on our priorities in life, and for our community. It was really inspiring to see the community spirit which emerged within Finderne during the early days of lockdown.
As we begin to move out of the pandemic the volunteer Directors of FDT, who are also members of the community, are keen to build on and strengthen the community spirit within Finderne in a way which continues to be underpinned by the Trust’s values and principles.
Working in partnership with the committees of all the existing community spaces within Finderne, FDT will be circulating a questionnaire to gather information on which community facilities, activities, and services, including community transport, the community wishes FDT to help develop in the current and the post pandemic period.
Every household in the Finderne area will receive a paper copy of the questionnaire in the post and there will also be the opportunity to complete the survey on-line.
BIG BLUE MOBILE PANTRY
Kerry is working with Moray Food Plus to promote their zero waste project – the Big Blue Mobile Pantry. The Mobile Pantry will use overstocked food and food that would normally be thrown away by supermarkets. For £2.50, users of the pantry, will receive 10 items of greater value. Big Blue will visit Rafford and Edinkillie Halls on a regular basis.
The ‘Connecting Finderne’ project, funded by the Scottish Communities Recovery Fund via HIE, started at the end of October and will run until the end of March 2022.
If you have any questions about any of our Connecting Finderne projects please contact our project co-ordinator Kerry McInnes
We look forward to hearing from you!
Home Energy Efficiency Project March 2021 – February 2022
The funding from the HIE 12 month graduate placement has come to and end and FDT are no longer offering home visits and consultations for Home Energy Advice. We would like to thank all in the community who got in touch with our graduate (Finlay) and helped make the project a success. The project has achieved a lot during the Graduates time at FDT and you can read more about it in our final report here. Finlay made over 150 engagements with the community which has resulted in many insulation instalments, funding referrals, renewable heating and energy surveys and new energy saving practices adopted.
During 2021, Finlay was engaging the community to help support community members out of fuel poverty, increase household’s energy efficiency, and increase awareness of the environmental impacts of their home energy use. The Graduate offered home visits, phone consultations and attended community events to provide advice and refer people onto the relevant programmes. Read the research report here which was produced by Finlay before the project launched.
This project worked collaboratively with REAP in combatting fuel poverty in Finderne using their experience and knowledge in energy debt advice. The project also worked in partnership with Home Energy Scotland (HES) who offer a wide range of grants and loans to households who are keen to improve their home energy efficiency and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. You can still benefit from their services, get in touch with REAP and HES here.
Although FDT are no longer offering home visits and consultations, we still have our online resources under the Home Energy Efficiency Information tabs under resources on our website to help you access the support and information you may need.