Carers need to live their own lives too – Communtiy Matters

By Sandra Harper, Timebank Broker for Torquay I was sitting in the café having a coffee with friends, and a couple joined our group. Jacqui, an acquaintance, introduced me to Sylvia who sat with us but was constantly looking at her phone. It turns out Sylvia was her mum. Now, I’ve got grandkids and I know this square-eyed monster game where no one else exists … Continue reading Carers need to live their own lives too – Communtiy Matters

The spread of loneliness throughout the pandemic

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Loneliness has always been with us in some form or another, and we all feel lonely at some time in our lives. But during COVID, it has had the potential to become a Pandemic all of its own – with people forced to stay in their own homes for months at a time often cut off entirely from … Continue reading The spread of loneliness throughout the pandemic

Tony’s story – Loneliness Awareness Week, 14th-18th June 2021

Thousands of people have become lonely during the Pandemic, missing day to day contact with people, particularly those who live alone. This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness about loneliness and encourage people to talk about it to remove the stigma and shame surrounding it. For many single people of all ages, the lockdowns have been tough, and they have struggled … Continue reading Tony’s story – Loneliness Awareness Week, 14th-18th June 2021

There are things happening, and we can help you find them – Community Matters

By Gill Knight, Community Builder for Paignton South – Goodrington, Roselands, White Rock, Hookhills, Broadsands, Galmpton & Churston We have used the word Normal a lot over the past year – new normal, old normal, getting back to…normal. But what does it mean to you? – Being able to go out and see friends and family, going to a restaurant or pub, or perhaps just … Continue reading There are things happening, and we can help you find them – Community Matters

Loneliness, and the impact of not being heard

By Sandra Harper, Timebank Broker for Torquay A few weeks ago, I was on a bus going to Exeter to meet some family, I was feeling thankful that we were all well and in good spirits. I had struggled with working from home, and with the constant zoom meetings, the fact that I was going to meet up with real people made me feel extremely … Continue reading Loneliness, and the impact of not being heard

We want to share your content – Ageing Well Festival @Home 2021

The Ageing Well festival is going virtual again!  After the huge success of last year’s virtual festival, we have decided to do it again, and we need your help! We are looking for groups and organisations to provide content to help us curate a varied and wonderful festival online that is appealing to all and represents the broad scale of what is available here in Torbay. … Continue reading We want to share your content – Ageing Well Festival @Home 2021

Make time to talk, and listen, to each other – Community Matters

By Ash Rangasamy, Community Builder for Paignton Town & Clifton with Maidenway Recently I had a conversation with a friend. I say conversation…I won’t bore you with the details, but I didn’t so much talk at her as I did explode in her general direction. An eruption of sentiments, thoughts, feelings, experiences spewed forth from my mind. Before one word could be fully formed, a … Continue reading Make time to talk, and listen, to each other – Community Matters

It’s official, Torbay will be age-friendly

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Torbay has been accepted as part of the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly network, which is no mean feat, representing not just a great deal of hard work already done but a lot more to come. Ageing Well Torbay has been working towards joining the network since it was launched six years ago, helping the over 50’s avoid loneliness … Continue reading It’s official, Torbay will be age-friendly

Hold on to and nurture that local community spirit – Community Matters

By Leah Whitcher, Community Builder for Torre & Upton Goodness me, it’s been a tough 14 months, hasn’t it? How have you been? What did you do to get yourselves through it? Did you pull together a bit more in your street or neighbourhood? Did you move to participating in Zoom groups or chatting to people on the phone more often? Did you get fitter and healthier … Continue reading Hold on to and nurture that local community spirit – Community Matters