Could your group use a helping hand from Hydro?

Scottish Hydro is calling for community groups, schools, charities and organisations in and around the Forfar area to nominate projects that would benefit from the energy company’s help.

Employees based at the Scottish Hydro shop in Castle Street, Forfar are keen to help projects in need of support as part of its Community at Heart scheme.

The scheme gives each member of staff a day away from their normal work duties to do voluntary work for local organisations and charities in their community. That means that organisations can borrow a team of hands, minds, ideas or skills completely free of charge.

Craig Petrie, manager of the Forfar Scottish Hydro shop, said: “The team here are keen to give a helping hand and make a difference to local organisations and charities. “Applications are welcome for any kind of activity; it doesn’t have to be labour intensive as long as it helps make a difference.

“It can include anything from tidying an overgrown school garden, redecorating a community hall to crushing boxes or crunching numbers on a club’s behalf.”

Cindy Cummings, Community Volunteering Manager at Scottish Hydro, added: “Over 800 organisations have already benefited through our Community at Heart scheme.

“Our staff are a pretty talented bunch and have the skills to help with most tasks so please let us know if you have project or know of one that can do with a real helping hand.”

Community at Heart local project nominations can be submitted by completing an application form available at or alternatively you can pop into the local Scottish Hydro shop located at 29 Town Centre, Castle Street, Forfar.