Torbay residents prove many are still more than willing to volunteer

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Just over a year ago, I wrote in this column about how I believed that volunteering had lost its shine and was no longer a mainstay of most people’s lives. It caused barely a ripple, though I was taken to task by a former colleague who believed I had overstepped the mark and been disrespectful of the many … Continue reading Torbay residents prove many are still more than willing to volunteer

Meet wonderful Wendy, Torbay’s volunteer extraordinaire! – Community Matters

By Marianne Parker, Community Builder for Wellswood In Wellswood, I feel that we are extremely lucky to have almost 240 amazing people who are volunteering on the Torbay Community Helpline to help their neighbours with shopping, prescription collection, telephone befriending, dog walking and much more during this pandemic! As if volunteering your energy and giving up your own time wasn’t enough, some volunteers have been … Continue reading Meet wonderful Wendy, Torbay’s volunteer extraordinaire! – Community Matters

Out of the frying pan, hopefully not into the fire…

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead The nights are getting lighter, moods are lifting, and we all could be forgiven for thinking we are out of the woods. We aren’t. Not by a long way. Stage one of the road to recovery will be completed next week with the return of children to school, causing parents across the Bay to breath a collective sigh … Continue reading Out of the frying pan, hopefully not into the fire…

Heart-warming to see incredible community support – Community Matters

By Leah Whitcher, Community Builder for Torre & Upton What a whirlwind of an 18 months! Back in February 2020, as a community builder of only eight months, I felt I was really starting to get to grips with lots of lovely things happening in my patch. I was just about to release the new Torre and Upton Community Magazine, with a full diary of … Continue reading Heart-warming to see incredible community support – Community Matters

Keeping safe this Christmas

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead At last some seemingly good news about the coronavirus pandemic, with hopes being pinned on a vaccine being available within months. It can’t come too soon for most of us who have been in and out of lockdown for the last eight months, but it won’t be in time for Christmas and that is depressing news for many. … Continue reading Keeping safe this Christmas

Super volunteer Bob Ward is back

SUPER volunteer Bob Ward is stepping out again to raise money for festive hampers for families who need a little help this Christmas. Bob is hoping to raise £1000 to pay for the hampers which will be distributed by Eat That Frog, by walking non-stop for 12 hours later this month, come rain or shine. He intends starting his coastal walk at 4 am on … Continue reading Super volunteer Bob Ward is back

Taking responsibility during Covid-19

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Two weeks into the second lockdown of this coronavirus crisis and some people are finding it tough going. We went into the lockdown better prepared in all sorts of ways – we all learned a lot during the first lockdown and organisations, working together, had planned for it, just in case. The Helpline is staffed by experienced and … Continue reading Taking responsibility during Covid-19

Torbay Christmas Trail aims to light up the Bay

PEOPLE are being urged to help light up Torbay and spread a little extra cheer this Christmas. Organisers are hoping that some of the gloom of the coronavirus crisis will be lifted as householders and businesses spread sparkle across the Bay. Patrick Cain, who lives in Torquay, came up with the idea and plans to produce a map of the trail so that others will … Continue reading Torbay Christmas Trail aims to light up the Bay