TOFA – A voice for over 50’s

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead It has been a long journey, but every step has been worth it and the effort invested will be repaid tenfold as the Torbay Over 50’s Assembly gets up and running. Nearly two years ago, a group of over 50-year-olds first came together to work out how an ageing population could be best represented across the Bay – … Continue reading TOFA – A voice for over 50’s

Staying put in the home you love

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead ACROSS the bay, older people are struggling to stay in the one place they love the most – their own homes. Only a few years ago there was almost an expectation that once we had achieved our three score years and ten, then we would see out the rest of our days being cared for in a home. … Continue reading Staying put in the home you love

Celebrate being old at heart

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead How many times have you heard that 70 is the new 50 or 60 is the new 40? A lot, but what does it really mean? On the one hand, it celebrates the fact that breakthroughs in medicine, better working conditions, less poverty and improved lifestyles all mean that we are living longer, healthier lives. But it also … Continue reading Celebrate being old at heart

101 days ’til festival time

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead The most important item on the blank drawing board was the venue – and after casting their net wide, they have come up with an absolute corker – the Riviera Centre in Torquay. The Riviera International Centre (RIC) is one of the bay’s finest venues, it ticks so many boxes. For a start it is huge and the … Continue reading 101 days ’til festival time

Sharing success nationally

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead A group of over 50s from Torbay will be travelling to Sheffield next week to sing the praises of Ageing Well Torbay. Eight people whose lives here have been touched by the Ageing Well Torbay programme will be presenting a workshop at a national conference that brings together lottery-funded projects from across the country. And there is a … Continue reading Sharing success nationally

Sharing time around the world

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Lead You never know when a kindness and a bit of hard work might be repaid, but you certainly don’t expect it when you are seven thousand miles away from home in America. But for Torbay timebankers, Ann Whitehouse, 70, from Torquay and her friend Jenny Wills from Galmpton that is exactly what happened on a recent holiday to … Continue reading Sharing time around the world

A Community Builder’s day

By Christine Durrant, Community Builder for Preston, Paignton As a community builder I am often asked what is a typical day.   The answer is always there is no such thing as a typical day.  However, there are some things that feature regularly.  One is that we are more likely to be found out in the community than in an office.  At one stage my husband … Continue reading A Community Builder’s day

Trying something different

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Lead FRIENDSHIPS are being forged through fitness classes in the open air – many of which are free to the over 50’s. For example, an hour-long yoga class takes place every Monday at midday near the Big Tree on the Abbey Meadows in Torquay and dependent on the weather can attract upwards of 30 men and women. The Yoga … Continue reading Trying something different