A resilient bay full of dedicated people

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead We knew this new lockdown was going to be tough for some people, and so it is proving to be. That steely resolve, which came with lockdown one, has been severely tested this time around – when will it ever end? None of us has the answer, and that is at the core of many people’s thinking as … Continue reading A resilient bay full of dedicated people

Hundreds of Torbay residents leap into action to help vaccinate the ‘Bay

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead   People of Torbay give yourself a pat on the back. You are awesome. Within hours of putting out an appeal for more volunteers to help with the vaccine roll out and supporting people shielding, our phones were ringing off the hook. Offers were coming in so quickly we had to find more people to staff the phonelines … Continue reading Hundreds of Torbay residents leap into action to help vaccinate the ‘Bay

Vaccination centre volunteers wanted

AN appeal has gone out to find volunteers to help with one last push in a bid to beat COVID as the lockdown takes hold and vaccines are rolled out. The Torbay Community Helpline is again looking for people to help with shopping, befriending, and prescription collections as well as to help marshal people arriving at the vaccination centre. Vaccinations for extremely vulnerable, referred by … Continue reading Vaccination centre volunteers wanted

A year of community resilience

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead At the core of everything we do are people – wonderful people and whilst everything else has been different this year, people have remained our priority. We might not have met as many face to face, but we have linked up with more people and put more people together in the last ten months than ever before. In … Continue reading A year of community resilience

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

In a year unlike any other, we wanted to send our festive greetings to you, along with a virtual Christmas present. Thank you everyone who stepped up and helped our community this year, especially those who’ve volunteered through the Torbay Community Helpline, which has now helped more than 4,000 people, and received in excess of 15,000 calls. Please note, for the next two weeks (weeks commencing … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

A challenging year

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead AS always at this time of year as we approach Christmas, we begin to look back to check that our goals have been achieved. But this year, that would be a futile exercise as all our plans and aspirations, prepared last December, were thrown into disarray just three months later. Last December in this column we were looking … Continue reading A challenging year

Driving it home for Christmas

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead JUST over two weeks to go to the big day and feelings are mixed. Hopefully, most people are looking forward to a Christmas with family and friends, but sadly that does not apply to everyone and for many, the outlook is bleak. Coronavirus has shown only too clearly the huge divide between those that have a good support … Continue reading Driving it home for Christmas

What’s happening around Torbay this Christmas?

The folks over at Torbay Food Alliance have pulled together a list of events happening December 2020 in Torbay, despite the current pandemic, with a variety of Christmas events which have all adapted accordingly. This includes everyone from carolling you can listen to online, or take part in from your (literal) doorstep, to online church services courtesy of Riviera Life Church, cooking and craft workshops, … Continue reading What’s happening around Torbay this Christmas?

Helping those hit hardest by Covid-19

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead ANOTHER week and another set of rules to live by in the battle against COVID-19. It is now an incredible 37 weeks since we first put up the shutters and entered our first lockdown on March 16th and it feels like the rules have changed every few weeks since. Thankfully in Torbay, we now seem to be winning … Continue reading Helping those hit hardest by Covid-19

Torbay Christmas trail hits the news

Torbay Christmas Trail, a community event aiming to light up Torbay amidst the current gloom of the pandemic, has now had over 2,000 people join the trail’s Facebook group. The trail will encourage residents and local businesses to decorate the outside of their properties, and register them to be highlighted on a map for people to follow around the sparkly sites of the Bay. For … Continue reading Torbay Christmas trail hits the news