This project supports young people aged between 18 and 25 who all have a form of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  The Arts in Transition project is being supported for a 3 year period and will help those at the Leonard Cheshire Disability Centre to increase social inclusion and develop communications skills.

The Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay, overlooking the Moray Firth, is run by international charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation. The facility allows the public to see and enjoy the Firth’s famous bottle nose dolphins and carries out work to protect the species. Funding from the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation assists with the Centre’s education and volunteering programmes.

Highland Wildcats uses the sport of American Football to engage and inspire disadvantaged young people in Inverness and the inner-Moray Firth. Their ‘Young Champions’ programme provides training, CV-building skills and other life skills. Funding from the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation is targetted towards these developmental courses, such as Coaching and First Aid.

Morayvia is a science and technology museum, with a particular interest in aviation and astronomy. The centre owns the last RAF Nimrod aircraft. Funding from the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation allowed Morayvia to purchase a mobile planitarium for educational visits.

Funding from the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation helped KeRBS to refurbish the Keith Skate Park, which is a popular local facility used by young people in a positive way.

The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation is very proud to have supported Playlist for Life – a charity which has developed an app to help those living with dementia to recall memories through a personal music playlist. Founded by the BBC’s Sally Magnusson, funding from the Foundation has helped develop the organisation’s groundbreaking smartphone app.

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WILD THINGS!

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KEITH/DUFFTOWN RAILWAY

 

 

The Keith and Dufftown Railway is an eleven mile line linking the World’s Malt Whisky Capital, Dufftown, to the market town of Keith. An enthusiastic group of volunteers help with manning the train, maintenance, catering and restoration work … a worthwhile day trip for locals and visitors alike!

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PIPING AT FORRES

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ELGIN YOUTH CAFE

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AN TALLA SOLAIS

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THE SAND BOTHY

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CANTRAYBRIDGE COLLEGE

 

Cantraybridge delivers rural skills training to young adults with disabilities and autism alongside independent living skills development.

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RSPB DUNNET HEAD

 

 

Dunnet Head is a site of natural, cultural and historic significance.  17.5 hectares have been secured by RSBP to establish a community driven project to work towards educational programmes, conservation and environmental matters as well as natural and archaeological heritage.  Funding has been awarded towards providing literature to promote the site and provide educational information packs for schools and visitors to the area.

SPOTLIGHT:

THE FOCHABERS INSTITUTE

In a major milestone for The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, as well as the wider community in Fochabers, we have decided to throw our full support behind a local regeneration project in the Baxter family’s hometown. The project was awarded £60,000.

By far the largest award from the Foundation to date has been made to the Fochabers Village Association towards a comprehensive renovation programme being undertaken to give the local community hall a much-needed overhaul.  Every attempt is being made to keep the wonderful character of this village landmark, while returning the venue to its original glory.  An eco-friendly approach has been prioritised for the upgrade works and this efficiency will benefit everyone using the facility in the long term.  The hall has been host to many happy events and exhibitions involving the wider Baxter family for almost a century.   Funding is being targeted for provision of an excellent community kitchen facility.