Consultation launched on changes to scheme of integration for health and social care in Moray

A CONSULTATION on revisions to the health and social care integration scheme – the legal contract between NHS Grampian and Moray Council underpinning the Moray Integration Joint Board – has been launched.

The changes include duties to support adult carers becoming the responsibility of the Board and amendments to functions around support and protection of adults at risk of being harmed.

The updated scheme reflects arrangements which have been put in place since the document was originally drafted and consulted on three years ago.

It sets out in detail which functions the local authority and NHS Board have delegated to the Moray Integration Joint Board, which began operating in April 2016.

The integration authority, which is funded by Moray Council and NHS Grampian, has responsibility for the joined-up governance, planning and resourcing of adult social care services, adult primary care and community health services and some hospital services.

Services are delivered through Health & Social Care Moray, a single operational unit working to improve health and well-being outcomes for patients, service users, their families and communities and make efficient and effective use of limited resources.

The revised integration scheme for consultation and a summary of the changes can be accessed on Moray Council’s website:

Comments can be sent to or by post to Public Involvement, Health & Social Care Moray, 9c Southfield Drive, Elgin IV30 6GR.

The deadline for responses is 31 January. Comments will be considered by Moray Council and NHS Grampian Board next month, before the revised document is submitted to the Scottish Government for approval by 2 March.

Friendly Fest Local Talent Competition

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Have you got what it takes to win a slot at Friendly Fest? Why not enter and see if you can win one of the limited slots to play at the festival!  Good luck!

Are you interested in contracting with The Moray Council?

Local contractors keen to undertake work for Moray Council should come along to one of two information events being held next week.

The council is developing contracts for building maintenance to maintain and improve our buildings, which will include planned maintenance and reactive repairs.

Called Framework Agreements, they will cover all categories of trades and specialist work required to supplement the council’s own maintenance teams.

The tenders will published on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website,

Representatives from the council’s housing, property and procurement teams will be on hand to explain the tendering process for these frameworks and answer any queries.

Booking a place can be done via the Eventbrite website and search for Trades Framework Moray Council. Free entry.

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 at 6.00pm Elgin Town Hall, Supper Room, 1 Trinity Place, Elgin, IV30 1UL

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 at 6.00pm Mosstodloch Primary School.

Moray Council planning exhibition – Longmore Hall, Keith, 13th March

Planning exhibitions will showcase future potential developments in Moray

Press Release   •   Jan 09, 2018 09:51 GMT

A SERIES of exhibitions showcasing future potential housing and business development launches next week.

Nine events will be held in towns and villages across Moray, where members of local communities are welcome to come along and speak with planning officers about future possible developments in Moray.

It comes after the launch of the Main Issues Report last month. Now, visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore how we will use land in the area in the future, including new or expanded infrastructure, schools, health centres and more.

Factors like minimising climate change, balancing the protection of the environment and making space for residents to remain active and healthy citizens, will also be discussed.

All drop-in exhibitions will feature interactive mapping using touch screens, highlighting what development is being proposed in each area. Expansion to the south west of Buckie and east of Forres for housing is being considered. New industrial land is being considered to the south of Elgin, at Waterford in Forres, and to the west of Mosstodloch. More modest expansion is being considered in other towns and villages such as Keith, Fochabers, and Aberlour.

Chair of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr Marc Macrae said he is looking forward to hearing the views of residents and businesses across Moray.

“We’re in the very early stages of developing our plan for the built environment of Moray from 2020 onwards.

“Staff will be using new methods and technologies to engage with the public and I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future shape of Moray – both residential and commercial – to come along to any of the sessions being held, or indeed to write in with their comments or suggestions.

“This is a great opportunity for people to play a very real part in the future of Moray.”

Those who can’t attend the exhibitions can access more information online on Moray Council’s Copies of the documents are available to view at all Moray Council access points and libraries. Information will also be posted on the Moray Council Planning Facebook page throughout the consultation period.

Responses can be made via the online form, by email to or in writing to Local Development Plan, Development Services, Moray Council, Council Offices, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

Date and Time Venue
Wednesday 17 January
2 – 8pm
Fleming Hall, Aberlour
Tuesday 23 January
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Elgin
Wednesday 31 January
2 – 8pm
Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie
Tuesday 6 February
2 – 8pm
Fochabers Institute, Fochabers
Thursday 15 February
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Lossiemouth
Wednesday 21 February
2 – 8pm
Mortlach Memorial Hall, Dufftown
Thursday 8 March
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Forres
Tuesday 13 March
2 – 8pm
Longmore Hall, Keith
Saturday 17 March
9.30am – 4pm
St Giles Church, Elgin

Stuart MacBride to visit Keith Library

Stuart MacBride, best known for his Logan McRae series, and whose latest novel, ‘Now We Are Dead’ featuring controversial DS Roberta Steel was released in November 2017, will be visiting Keith Library on 1st February. If you would like to purchase tickets please contact Keith Library on 01542 882233 or online at

New Yogazone Classes

Yogazone are delighted to announce the next 6 week block of Yogazone class dates for 2018.  This is only able to happen due to the support of their customers.

Class start dates :

Monday 8 Jan@ 18:30…..Newmill Hall

Monday 8 Jan@ 20:00…..Newmill Hall

Tuesday 9 Jan@ 13:15…..Newmill Hall

Tuesday 9 Jan@ 18:30…..Hay Hall, Cornhill

Tuesday 9 Jan@ 20:00…..Hay Hall, Cornhill

Thursday 11 Jan@ 10:00…..North Kirk, Keith

Thursday 11 Jan@ 13:00…..North Kirk, Keith

Thursday 11 Jan@ 19:00…..North Kirk, Keith

Places need to be pre-booked for the 6 week block. Cost £30. To be paid at the begining of week one please.

Please contact Yogazone via

Interested in Salsa Latin Dance?

Do you want to learn to dance, have fun and meet new friends?
Keith Railway Club are currently looking into providing a Salsa Latin Dance class and would like to see how many people would be interested. Classes would start in the New Year and you can come as a pair or on your own.
Salsa dancing has many benefits ; anti-ageing (keeps you feeling young, increases lung capacity, benefits heart and cardiovascular systems), increases confidence and self esteem, social benefits, self expression, weight loss, improves flexibility, co-ordination and posture and, brings you happiness and fulfilment.
If you are interested in finding out more or would like to note your interest in these classes please private message Keith Railway Club on Facebook ( or phone on 07920 772436.

First acts announced for Friendly Fest 2018!

Chris Helme (Seahorses) and The Complete Stone Roses are joined by local heroes The Carousels and Sons Of The Soil. Early Bird Tickets go on sale tomorrow (20.12.17) at 9am. Ticket link –

New Gym open at Stagestars

Keith Football Club Match-Day Hospitality

Looking to thank staff, clients, suppliers or family for all their hard work, support and for being there?  Then what about Match-Day hospitality at Keith Football Club.

Please visit for more information.