Planning for a new care home

In March our new Chair Brian Devlin chaired a meeting between Parkland’s and the local community regarding their plans for a care home in the Black Isle, Brian says:

“I was delighted to chair the meeting between local Black Isle residents and Parklands in order to discuss their plans for building a new care home in Fortrose. 
There is a crisis in care for older people in this community which has been caused by the closure of The  Marine care home. People who had expected to live out the remainder of their lives surrounded by their friends and family were dispersed to other sites. That is a matter of great regret and sadness for all involved. Now we have the prospect of a new purpose built facility in the heart of our community.
It’s fair to say that there was very strong support for the Parklands’ initiative. We took a vote at the end and there were 122 votes in favour and 1 against.
It’s now time for people to stop prevaricating around this issue. We want all of the candidates standing for election in the forthcoming council elections to make it clear where they stand in relation to Parklands. This will be one of the most defining issues of the election on the Black Isle for many of us. It cannot be right that the weakest and frailest and most elderly are deprived of a critically needed facility because some do not like where it is to be built.”
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BIC & The Highland Hospice


  BIC and the Highland Hospice are working together    445809287eeeee28e60e1b797707cc44

Recently BIC trustees Jenye Monkton and Angela Morrison met with Myra Duncan and Susan Smith from the Highland Hospice to discuss implementing their ‘helping hands’ service in the Black Isle.  With BIC’s knowledge of potential clients and connections with local people, working together is the best way forward to ensure those with advancing illnesses gain support.

If you are interested please read the information below and get in touch.


Currently recruiting volunteers for Highland Hospice
Helping Hands Service in the Black Isle  

Highland Hospice Helping Hands is a befriending service which provides social and practical support to people affected by advancing illness within their own homes. Each client is different therefore the help and support offered is tailored to their individual needs. Each volunteer delivering the service is trained and supported by Highland Hospice staff. For some clients this might be keeping them company or going out on trips whilst for others the support enables their family carers to have time to themselves knowing their loved one is being well looked after. It’s the real connection with volunteers which is at the core of this service being just what the clients and their families want and need.

The service is currently delivered in Ross-shire and we are aiming to extend the service people living in the Black Isle. Wish more information on volunteering for this role? Why not visit our Facebook page where you will find short video clips on the difference the service is making for clients, carers and their volunteers:

Training dates for this role are: 29th March , 5th & 11th April. Volunteer packs can be found on our website: or by contacting me at or 01463243132 ext 241 or 219••

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