About The Trust
At the time of closure of Leanchoil Hospital in 2018, Forres Community Council (FCC) raised concerns that unless something was done, this iconic building and its beautiful grounds would be lost to the community. A feasibility study carried out in 2019 showed that a long term future for the hospital is possible and community consultations identified that there is great support locally for Leanchoil to be returned to community ownership for health and wellbeing purposes.
On the back of this, an expression of interest in a community asset transfer was submitted to NHS Grampian and 6 local people came together to form Leanchoil Trust which was established as a Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status in February 2020 and became a charity in May 2021. Since then, two further trustees have been recruited and you can find out about them on the About the Trustees page.
The Trust continues to work on proposals for the Leanchoil site to achieve the vision of the restoration and repurposing of this wonderful place as a community health and wellbeing centre.
LEANCHOIL TRUST’S VISION & AIMS
Leanchoil will be an innovative place that inspires our community to focus on their own improved wellbeing, both now and in the future.
Leanchoil Trust’s aim is to acquire, conserve, and refurbish the buildings and grounds of the former Leanchoil Hospital in Forres, Moray to ensure its future as a centre for health and wellbeing for the local community.
COURAGE & DETERMINATION
When the going gets tough, we at L E A N C H O I L know that having the mental strength and tenacity to take the next step keeps us moving in the right direction. We encourage and support others to find these qualities within themselves.
HOPE & POSITIVITY
We believe in the power of a positive outlook. We look to inspire optimism in others to achieve their own well-beingoutcomes.
EMPATHY & FELLOWSHIP
Following in the footsteps of our Founder, Lord Strathcona, we place a strong emphasis on the importance of having a listening ear and being there for our fellow human beings in their time of need.
DYNAMISM & INSPIRATION
We seek, encourage and welcome bright ideas and innovation. We apply maximum energy and commitment to everything we do.
BE PART OF LEANCHOIL’S FUTURE
LEANCHOIL TRUST CATCHMENT AREA
Officially opened in April of 1892, Leanchoil served the communities of the area for over 125 years.Before hospital was built on the outskirts of Forres, the only available inpatient accommodation was a small building on Burnside.