Local Community Fund – have you signed up?

We are coming in to our last few days of receiving donations through the Coop Community Fund.  There is a lot of money out there available to BIC, but we need your help…

So far £700 has been raised for BIC and a huge thank you to all who have registered and allowed us to receive their 1% and carrier bag money.

How does it work?

Are you a Coop member?  If not you can sign up in store or here:


What is the Local Community Fund and how can I join?

As described by the COOP (https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund)

1% for your community.

Our way of giving back to local communities

As a member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Co-op members have helped raise over £18 million for local causes.

This money, together with money from carrier bag sales, supports projects close to where you live.

Select your cause

If you’re a member you can choose a local cause you want your 1% to go to.

Step 1: Sign into your membership account

Step 2: Choose Black Isle Cares to receive your 1% (the category is ‘social inclusion’ in the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Every time you shop, 1% of sales on Coop brands will come to BIC.

Thank you!




Highland Council Backs Fortrose Care Home

On the 17th October Parklands confirmed that they have received the go ahead from Highland Council for their plans for a 40 roomed Care home on Ness Road, Fortrose, Black Isle.

Our Chair Brian Devlin says;

“I am delighted that Highland Council Area Committee have today given planning permission for Parklands to proceed with their development in Fortrose.  This will be welcome news for those in our community requiring this type of care.

Since the closure of the Marine people who were told that that was their home-for the remaining portion of their life- have felt dismay, hurt and anger.

Their dispersal across the Highlands to other areas was a time of shame and disruption.  There is a crisis of care for the elderly on the Black Isle and a single care home won’t, in itself, fix that crisis – but it will help greatly.

I am proud the Black Isle Cares has played a significant part in supporting Parklands in their venture and we look forward to seeing the facility used and becoming a focal point in our community.”.

Read more about the Parkland’s care home here:



Lunch – hosted by Fortrose Library



On the 5th October Fortrose Library hosted a lunch for older people across the Black Isle.  Brian Devlin (Chairperson), was there, he said:

We had an amazing lunch prepared by Fortrose Academy staff and students for older people across the Black Isle.  Many of the old people receive Meals on Wheels from us.  The event was hosted by Fortrose library.
We also had a launch of our new leaflets and posters that were prepared by Fortrose Academy students.  Superb stuff.  We’ll hear more about the materials shortly.
Many thanks to all for making it such a success.


Kate Forbes SNP MSP came to BIC

At the beginning of August, local SNP MSP Kate Forbes, met with Brian Devlin at the BIC office to discuss how the trustees, staff and volunteers are changing peoples lives for the better in the Black Isle-through providing Care and Meals on Wheels.

Kate also went out on a Meals on Wheels round with trustee Genevieve MacIver:

She said:

“I had a wonderful time joining the Meals on Wheels team on the Black Isle.

The team do a fantastic job, and I loved meeting some of the customers who clearly enjoy the beautiful food and the good company of the volunteers.

Initiatives like Meals on Wheels are more needed than ever, as older folks are often isolated and lonely and it can be more difficult to cook up a feast for lunch or dinner.

The Meals on Wheels team recognised that a few years ago, and have done something about it with volunteers delivering meals to a lot of people across the Black Isle.

It was a joy to join them and I’d love to do it again.”

To our delight, Kate raised a motion in parliament on 01/08/17, to acknowledge the work of Black Isle Cares:

“That the parliament recognises the work of Black Isle Cares, to improve Care Services on the Black Isle; notes that, as well as home care, the charity also delivers approximately 80 Meals-on-Wheels per week; congratulates its chairman Brian Devlin on being awarded Board Trustee of the Year Award 2017, from Highland Third Sector Interface and recognises the intergenerational work that the charity does in order to bring young and older people together to learn from one another.”


Fortrose Vintage Car Rally 26th August

This year BIC had a presence at Fortrose Vintage Car Rally in Fortrose.

Amanda Mackay ran the Tombola and trustees and friends of BIC produced some amazing home baking.

Not only that but Frieda Mackenzie – a BIC Trustee – brought along and sold her home grown plants.

We made well in excess of £600 pounds. And the rain stayed off!

Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and made amazing baked goods.

Everything was gone by the end of the event.

It was a great success.