Valentine’s Day… let’s share love of community! – Community Matters

By Ceri Silk, Community Builder for Torquay Town Centre

Since the 1400s, February 14 is traditionally the day to say ‘I love you’ to that special person with a card, meal or bunch of flowers.

However, it can also be a great opportunity to start sharing your passion with others in our community.

Living in this beautiful Bay, there is so much to be grateful for but, unfortunately, many of our neighbours need help and friendship.

Why not share the love and volunteer to become a walking buddy, telephone befriender, shopper or dog walker?

Contact Torbay Community Helpline on 01803 446022 or Torbay Together at for volunteering opportunities.

To find out about local activities and make new friends, contact Ceri, your Torquay Town Centre community builder on 07931 567 885 or drop in for a chat at Coopers Café, 99 Union Street, on Monday, February 14, 10am to midday or join us at Torquay Central Club, 226 Union Street, at 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Community lunch at Starbakes in Union Street, Torquay

Local entrepreneurs who are sharing their passion

Lyn Spindley, owner of Treat Marketing (, is launching their new offices on Beacon Quay on Valentine’s Day.

Lyn is passionate about working within the Torbay business community, helping local businesses achieve incredible success: “Whether it’s content creation, social media, copywriting, or being seen on Google, Treat will raise your profile, build an engaged online community of fans, and attract sales for your business.”

Sam Webber, owner of That Crafty Stitch is launching her new website this month,

That Crafty Stitch was founded to help spark creativity, and raise mental health awareness and the positive benefits of knitting.

Sam also runs a local female entrepreneur group, HerSmallBiz, and local Makers Markets.

Her energy is an inspiration: “I’m grateful to support the incredible women building their businesses in Torbay, building businesses around their passions!”

Danielle Cooke, owner of organic Devon skincare brand, Wild Rising ( has enjoyed success with her range of bath salts, body oils, and masks – and each product is vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable.

Dani feels that self-care is an important daily ritual, and Wild Rising comes from Dani’s passion for clean, earth derived ingredients, handcrafted with care.

Let’s get together and share our love of Torbay.