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We use a blog feature to keep our website viewers up-to-date with any news we may have, as we appreciate not everyone is plugged in to Facebook and Twitter.  All our blogs are listed on this page with the newest at the top, however, you can also use the side bar to scroll through the most recent blogs, or click on the top blog and use the navigation at the top of each page.

As well as this, the newest blogs are always highlighted on the home page, so nobody misses out on the latest information.

Seafest Abseil

The Seafest Abseil with Outfit Moray will take place on 7th July 2018 at Grampian Furnishers from 9am – 5pm, alongside the Seafest event which happens at Station Park in Lossiemouth.

Following on from the success of last year’s abseil in December, it was decided to run this one as a thank you to the local community for all the support we received during our emergency fundraising appeal and are thrilled that SFEAR Kickboxing & Fitness, The Lossie 2-3 Group, North East Sensory Services, St Sylvester’s Primary School Parents’ Association, Friendly Access/Surfable Scotland, Tomintoul Primary School, Screwfix Foundation and MFR Cash for Kids will all benefit from our event.   We know just how hard fundraising can be and finding affordable, local challenges can be even harder.

**  UPDATE ** All charity spaces are now full, but please get in touch in case we have any cancellations.

If fundraising isn’t your thing and you want to take part in the abseil as a personal challenge, you can either turn up on the day (after 1230, when all the charity abseils have taken place) or you can book an early afternoon slot by purchasing a ticket through below.

All charities, club, groups etc will have free reign over their fundraisers regarding sponsorship, they will receive promotion on Outfit Moray’s social media and be mentioned in any press release where feasible. Time slots will be allocated nearer the event, once we know how many spaces have been filled, but fundraising teams will be clubbed together, to provide their charity/group etc with maximum visibility, their individual media coverage and any desired branding. Charities will be responsible for sourcing their own fundraisers though!

Of course, we are organising the event with the aim to raise our own much-needed funds, so as an enticement, anyone who wishes to raise sponsorship for Outfit Moray will be able to take part free of charge, on the promise they raise at least £20 in sponsorship for us. Contact our community fundraiser, Karen Cox, to find out more!

To get you in the mood, here’s a montage video of our abseil in Dec 2017.

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Organised by the Lossiemouth Community Development Trust, Seafest has achieved its aim of bringing the community of Lossiemouth together for a celebration of the town’s fishing heritage. First held in 2014, it has grown each year as new concepts and ideas have been introduced and is now a main event on Lossie’s calendar with Station Park filled with the best Lossie and Moray has to offer in the way of food and drinks, plus charities and demonstrations.

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WorkSafe Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Course

Attend a Defibrillator Training Course (Automated External Defibrillator-AED) and learn how to give life saving treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Research indicates that defibrillation is the most effective treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and will be most effective if delivered within 4 minutes from the time of the arrest. In the UK the attendance time for an emergency ambulance is 8 minutes! This means that if defibrillation is delivered at 8 minutes, only approximately 20% of casualties will survive. Having a portable defibrillator in your workplace, school or community building can dramatically improve the survival from Cardiac Arrest and an AED is very simple and safe to operate.

This is a 3-4 hour training programme that meets the requirements of the UK Resuscitation Council for First Responder Defibrillation which we are able to provide for a minimum of 6 people, maximum of 12 people.

The WorkSafe Automated External Defibrillator (AED) course provides hands on experience and training for the safe and effective use of any portable defibrillator and will ensure you have the peace of mind that should the need arise your staff can safely use the AED. Additionally, HSE legislation now recommends that if an employer provides and AED then staff should receive training in its use.

AED Courses Things to do in Moray with Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray

Ideally candidates will already hold a First Aid at Work certificate but full training in CPR can be given if necessary. An AED unit is an integral part of the course and should be in-situ or available before training takes place.

The WorkSafe AED Programme Content includes:

  • An overview of Ventricular Fibrillation and the use of defibrillators.
  • Emphasis on early intervention, early CPR and the importance of the ‘Chain of Survival’.
  • Hands-on practice for students using training AEDs.
  • Scenario practice sessions tailored to portray similar situations to which the student may have to respond.
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of AEDs.

Successful candidates will be awarded the WorkSafe Automated External Defibrillation qualification which is valid for 12 months and certificated by WorkSafe Training Systems.

Please Note: The UK Resuscitation Council recommend that candidates undertaking this qualification receive a minimum of 6 monthly refresher sessions.

Scotmid Co-operative Community Funding Award

We are extremely grateful to Scotmid for their recent community funding award of £250 to purchase buoyancy aids and our CEO, Tony Brown, was delighted to receive a cheque from Bishopmill store supervisor, Robert.  It is vital to make sure all our safety equipment is in good working order and replaced when necessary, so any extra funding we receive towards these costs is always very gratefully received, particularly as Grants and Trusts fundraising is our main source of income at Outfit Moray. Our Grants and Trust Fundraiser is kept constantly busy sending out applications, not all of which are successful, which makes those that are, all that more important!

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The Scotttish Midland Co-operative Society is able to make so many donations in their local communities because they are an independent co-operative society. They are not owned by a private board of directors but by 60,000 who all have an equal say in how their Society is run.  If you wish to join the Scotmid society, you can pick up a form at your local Scotmid store and submit it to the cashier, along with £1 share capital.

To learn more about Scotmid’s community work, you can like them on Facebook, check out their YouTube channel or follow them on Twitter.

Ongoing fundraising efforts

Community fundraising continues to be a vital source of unrestricted funds income and we are always trying to come up with new ways to bring in a regular income, without having to ask for donations.  Please have a look at these three initiatives:

Things to do in Moray with Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray
Things to do in Moray with Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray
Things to do in Moray with Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray

Win a Week’s Holiday at Blacksmith’s Cottage, Gairloch!

You could win a week’s holiday in this gorgeous, beautifully decorated, two bedroom cottage in Badachro, just outside Gairloch, for just TEN POUNDS.  Yes, you read correctly, just £10 could see you spending a week enjoying the breathtaking scenery and meeting the local flora and fauna.  There’s no catch and all funds raised will be going directly to help support Outfit Moray’s work with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Moray.

Recently modernised by its new owner; this gem of a holiday house on the shores of Loch Gairloch in one of the prettiest villages on the west coast. The cottage is simple and comfortable. A small garden overlooks the bay where you can enjoy a quiet drink and possibly catch sight of the inquisitive seals and otters.

The cottage has been beautiful decorated and is perfectly placed for stunning views of the breathtaking surroundings.

Badachro is one of Scotland’s prettiest villages with its scenic bay with moored yachts. It is also a marvellous place for children, big and small, to explore and there is everything from golf, fishing and boating to superb walking and some of the best beaches in Scotland nearby. The local Inn is just a five minute walk away and is a renowned pub with a great welcome.

Once you visit you will no doubt want to return.

How to Enter:

Raffle tickets are £10 each and need to be purchased through our BT MyDonate site

Please email karen.cox@outfitmoray.com for any questions or visit our Facebook event

If you are in the winning mood, why not have a look at our Schwinn Stingray Chopper and Eden Court voucher raffle too!

Blacksmiths Cottage, Gairloch Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray
Blacksmiths Cottage, Gairloch Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray
Outdoor Learning and Adventure Outfit Moray

Accommodation

  • The cottage sleeps 4, in a double and a twin room
  • Can take 2 dogs but no other animals.
  • The garden is fenced around but it’s a low fence so not secure if anyone has dogs with prison-break aspirations.
  • There are numerous sheep and cattle roaming loose in the area – to be considered if taking dogs.
  • High chair/booster seat/travel cot all provided
  • Wifi with good connection speed.

Local Area:

    • Fantastic walks in the area: beach, glen, and mountain.
    • Suggestions/details of many walks in the visitor file at the cottage.
    • Seals and otters regularly seen in the bay, right outside the front door.
    • Local pub 5 minute walk. Extremely friendly and welcoming, serves very good food.
    • Golf course, horse treks, wildlife boat tours all available locally.

Housekeeping:

  • Bookings are Saturday to Saturday.
  • £150 refundable “good housekeeping deposit” is asked for, to cover any damages.
  • Bedding is provided.
  • Towels are NOT provided.
  • Enough wood is provided for the first night for the stove – after that guests buy their own from local providers.
  • Heating is included in the cost.

A thank you to RAF Lossiemouth for Raft Race Funds

We were delighted and extremely grateful to receive £1,233 from the proceeds of last year’s Raft Race in Lossiemouth.  The annual event is a favourite with families far and near and we were honoured to have been chosen as one of the recipient charities and our thanks go to the hard working committee for their support.

Tony Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Outfit Moray said:

“The funds raised from the Lossiemouth Raft Race will be used to subsidise outdoor learning and adventure for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, through our EnerG strand. As a charity, Outfit Moray relies on fundraising to enable our delivery of outdoor activities and we are very grateful to the Lossiemouth Raft Race Committee for their support, it really does make a difference to the lives of young people in Moray.”

Lossie Raft Race Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray

From RAF Lossiemouth: All of the sponsorship money and donations have been collected from this year’s Lossiemouth Raft Race and each of the nominated charities have received £1233. The charities for 2017 are: ‘MFR Cash For Kids’, ‘Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation’ and ‘Outfit Moray’.

Wing Commander Dave Allen, the Acting Station Commander, joined Sgt Sarah Tompkins-Le, the organiser of this year’s Raft Race, to present cheques to representatives of each of the charities this week and said she was delighted with the support from the local community:

“I think this year has been a really successful Lossiemouth Raft Race. The weather held out for us, we had plenty of enthusiastic race entrants, and most importantly a lot of people came along to enjoy a good family day out and raise money for local charities.

“This year we had a range of stalls including local craft and food producers, a bouncy castle and fun fair, and some great raffle prizes from Benromach, Harbour Lights, Tesco and Walkers Shortbread. Our special guests Lego Batman, Carl the Minion and Doc McStuffins were popular with our younger visitors.

“It’s great that we all, the community, the council, businesses, and the RAF, can work together to organise this popular event. Hopefully everyone will support the Raft Race again next year.”

John McEwan of Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation said of the donation from the Lossiemouth Raft Race:

“This generous funding will be going towards improving and upgrading our communications system, enabling the crew to operate more effectively. It is very much appreciated by all in the Organisation and we would like to thank all who made it possible.”

Lyndsay Rose, Charity Manager for MFR Cash For Kids said:

“ We are delighted to be the nominated charity for this fantastic annual event. The money raised is a great boost to our funds and will be gratefully received by our beneficiaries. All the money raised will stay in Moray to give our children the childhood they deserve. I’d like to thank everyone in the community for their continued support.”

 

Organised by RAF Lossiemouth with support from Moray Council, the Lossiemouth Raft Race, sponsored by Tulloch of Cummingston, was held on Sunday 13th August 2017. The winner of the toilet seat trophy was the team from The Steamboat Inn, Lossiemouth; second was Crown Crew, a team from Inverness; and third was the team from Miller & Swann Veterinary Surgery, Elgin.

Many thanks to the Lossiemouth Raft Race Organisers for their very generous donation towards funding our EnerG strand, working with disadvantaged young people across Moray.

Tesco Bags For Help

We are absolutely thrilled and very grateful to be receiving £4,330 from our Tesco Bags for Help application earlier this year.
Thanks to all the Tesco Elgin shoppers who voted for us during October, we will now be able to provide a fully funded Easter holiday programme in 2018.  That’s definitely something for us to look forward to!

Keep an eye on our school activities page for booking information, once the programme has been finalised.

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