Assembling an Assembly

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Lead PUT more than 100 over 50-year-olds into a room, and you get a vast wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience – and the odd gripe. That is what happened last weekend when we brought over 50-year-olds together for the launch of the ground-breaking Torbay Over 50’s Assembly – the first of its kind in Devon and Cornwall. The … Continue reading Assembling an Assembly

TOFA – a First for Devon and Cornwall

More than 100 people attended the launch of the Torbay Over 50’s Assembly on Saturday in Preston. Over 50-year-olds from Brixham, Torquay and Paignton gathered to learn more about the Assembly, the first of its kind in Devon and Cornwall and to share concerns about a variety of topics. TOFA is currently recruiting members for its Assembly Action Group as well as setting up town … Continue reading TOFA – a First for Devon and Cornwall

Gearing up against loneliness

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Lead Technology is the latest weapon in the long-running battle against loneliness and isolation in young and old alike Here at Ageing Well Torbay, we know only too well the misery and sadness that isolation can bring to the over 50’s in particular, and we are constantly looking for new ways to tackle it. Over the last four years … Continue reading Gearing up against loneliness

Kindness in the face of Adversity

By Sue McDermott, Programme Manager Last week Comic Relief raised £63 million, but there was also criticism levelled at the BBC for an unrealistic portrayal of poverty in Britain. Was that criticism justified? I have managed projects funded through Comic Relief, so I know the difference it makes to local charities and people first hand. But Comic Relief’s action on poverty is nothing new – … Continue reading Kindness in the face of Adversity

Join us for the launch of the Torbay Over 50’s Assembly

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Lead Exciting times. We are now just a few weeks away from the launch of the Torbay Over 50’s Assembly. In one way it is just the beginning, but in another, it is the culmination of many months of hard work by a dedicated group of over 50-year-olds who are determined that their age group have a voice in … Continue reading Join us for the launch of the Torbay Over 50’s Assembly

Looking for Financial Advice, Information & Resilience? (FAIR)

The FAIR project is a service for people over 50 in Torbay. It stands for Financial Advice, Information & Resilience and offers advice and information on benefits, local welfare provision, getting the best utility deals and help for those in debt. The project is a joint venture involving local community groups and specialist providers and is led by Citizens Advice Torbay.  It is funded by … Continue reading Looking for Financial Advice, Information & Resilience? (FAIR)

Next Steps to retirement

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications Lead. The best-laid plans of mice and …. a well known saying that takes on a whole new meaning when discussing plans for retirement Last week we spent hours in meetings in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham asking the question: “What do you wish you had known before you retired?” A simple question with seemingly an unlimited number of answers, … Continue reading Next Steps to retirement

Let’s talk about mental health

By David Gledhill, Marketing and Communications lead We need to talk about mental health. For some peculiar reason, we feel comfortable swapping stories about physical illnesses, particularly in Winter when the latest virus strikes, but never mental health We skirt around it using vanilla phrases such as I’m feeling a bit stressed or I am a bit down today, but whilst we would be happy … Continue reading Let’s talk about mental health