Fortrose Academy’s ‘Venture’, ready to run for us!

Please sponsor the Fortrose Academy students running for us in the Inverness 5k, on the 10th March.

They have already doubled their target, let’s try and triple it!

A huge thanks to the ‘Venture’ students, you can find out more about their social enterprise here:

To sponsor the students, click here:




Fortrose Academy Venture

Fortrose Academy Venture is a social enterprise company set up by sixth year pupils at Fortrose Academy based up in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.
Our mission is to make a positive impact to people through conversation and interaction. To bring people together, tackle loneliness and support people living with dementia.

What a wonderful enterprise has been set up by 6th year pupils at Fortrose Academy.  They have designed and are selling some products that help people with dementia and a game to play with the older generation to talk about past times and memories.


Go on over to their website and take a look at their wonderful work, it’s so inspiring!

Click here: 

£300 raised for Black Isle Cares

A huge thank you to Donald Ferguson and Stuart Patience on raising £300 for Black Isle Cares at last month’s ‘Beast Race’.

The local boys also claimed 14th and 15th places in the race, that’s quite an achievement.

This is the second year in a row that they have raced for our charity.

Thank you both very much and well done!

If anyone wants to fundraise for Black Isle Cares then please get in touch through our website’s contact page.  We can provide you with inspiring ideas, also with sponsor forms and set up a fundraising page for you on BT Mydonate.


Come and play board games with us!

Intergenerational Board Gaming afternoons return to the Fortrose library on Thursday 20th September.

Every Thursday afternoon, during term time between 2-3:30pm.

Senior students from the Academy and Black Isle Cares staff will be there to provide refreshments and organise the activities.

Come along and join in the fun.

New participants and volunteers always welcome.





Know anyone that could benefit from Meals on Wheels in Culbokie?

For the past 8 months our wonderful team of volunteers have been delivering meals to clients in Culbokie every Tuesday.

Delicious meals are provided by the Allangrange Arms in Munlochy.

We have a team of 6 volunteers in the area, ready and waiting to serve up meals to the elderly.

As well as the benefits of a nutritious meal, clients have a friendly face at the door once per week.  This can make a huge difference to someones day.

If you know a family member, friend or neighbour who could benefit from Meals on Wheels then please get in touch with our Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator;

Lesley Bowman

Phone: 07702 557535



Black Isle Lunch Club – Seagull Trip


(Photo and information provided by BIC Treasurer Peter Furniss)

The Fortrose lunch club, now part of Black Isle Cares went on a lovely trip with Seagull Trust Cruises last Wednesday.

Seagull Trust cruises operate in four centres in Scotland, three in the central belt and one up here in the Highlands. In the Highlands they offer return trips to needy groups of all ages on the Caledonian Canal from a point near Tomnahurich Bridge Swing Bridge on the A82 Glenurquart Road, to Dochgarroch Locks, a total distance of 4.5 miles.

They use a purpose built boat that has internal lift and disabled toilet. It is manned by local volunteers including many from the Black Isle. Tea and coffee are provided and quite often, as was the case on Monday one of the volunteers leads a sing song accompanied by an accordion.

The Fortrose Lunch Club consists of 25 elderly ladies together with myself as the only man.  For many years they have received an invitation to apply for a trip and this year we were lucky enough to be asked again. There is no charge for this service and the only cost is the transport to and from the boat mooring point.

 I organised this trip. Most unfortunately this year our numbers were down because the funeral of Mary Macdonnell was held in Fortrose at 1.00 pm on the same day so only six attended. It was nevertheless a delightful way of spending a Monday afternoon enjoying a couple of hours in the early summer sunshine.

Peter Furniss


BIC AGM 2018

The BIC AGM last week was a huge success.  We had a visit from our newest volunteer: a dalmation called Jimmy!  Also there were some great guest speakers Ron Taylor and Ruth Mantle, Brian Devlin (chair) says:

“We had a great turnout on the night. People were very interested to hear from Ron Taylor about the plans for the new Parklands nursing home in Fortrose and Ruth Mantle on dementia initiatives across the Highlands. It was a night of celebration and thanks to the volunteers, staff and members of staff whose efforts make BIC the great service that it is.”



In his speech Brian talked of the successes from BIC; it’s employees, trustees and volunteers in the last year:

“We deliver MoW three days a week. An average of 29 meals per day – that’s 87 meals per week. On average our volunteers spend conservatively  9 hours/ day talking and preparing food.

Let me add that up for you. Your charity – BLACK  ISLE CARES – has delivered around 4350 meals over the last year. And here’s something that we didn’t consider when we were starting out: we have also delivered 1350 hours of volunteering over the year.

That’s selflessness, that’s community spirit in action. That’s what is going on in this wonderful community…”

Brian also talked of the great work of the care team that operate in partnership with Highland Home Carers:

“Over the last year we have carried out approximately 17,300 hours of care to the service users – on average 360 hours of care per week.

As numbers of service users decrease, new clients come on board.   As of March, we are sitting with 30 service users.  We have care going on in Culbokie, Munlochy /Tore, Avoch,  Fortrose and Rosemarkie.

We have now met all the unmet needs from NHS so therefore no-one is waiting to receive care as far as BIC are concerned.

We have sufficient staff to accommodate these clients and have 30 paid carers to date.”

Thank you to everyone who came and well done to everyone involved in making Black Isle Cares do it’s best work for the elderly in the community.


Employment Skills Workshop

On February 13th BIC Trustee Sheena Ross and Highland Home Carers SDS Community Teams Facilitator Angie MacDonald, attended an Employment Skills workshop for S3 students in Fortrose Academy.
They gave a talk to the students about working in care and the values and benefits of working locally for BIC/HHC.  The pupils were as always a credit to the school.  Perhaps we’ll have some future recruits.