Lifting measures in the face of Omicron

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Here we go again. Nearly all COVID restrictions are lifted as of tomorrow, and it is now down to us. We must ensure that we do not see history repeating itself with an easing of rules leading to a surge in infections and the inevitable subsequent clampdown. The Prime Minister calls it a return to ‘complete normality’, but … Continue reading Lifting measures in the face of Omicron

Tribute to talented artist and craftswoman Mandy, who brought out the best in those she taught – Community Matters

By Christine Durrant, Community Builder for Preston As community builders, we are privileged to meet and work with many creative and talented people. People who catch the vision effortlessly and help us to run with it. One such person was Mandy Amos. I met Mandy when I was starting out back in 2015. On reading about our work at Ageing Well, she generously offered me … Continue reading Tribute to talented artist and craftswoman Mandy, who brought out the best in those she taught – Community Matters

Nearing the end of Ageing Well Torbay

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communication Lead SEVEN years ago, the Ageing Well Torbay team began work, with one of their main aims to reduce loneliness among over 50-year-olds in the Bay. Loneliness has long been recognised as a debilitating problem that has a dreadful effect on people’s daily lives leading to illness, depression and worse. Here in the Bay, a whole host of economic … Continue reading Nearing the end of Ageing Well Torbay

A warm welcome from Shiphay – Community Matters

By Nicola Shellard, Community Builder for Shiphay Hello, I am the new Community Builder for Shiphay. Thank you for the warm welcome I have had from those of you I have met in and around Shiphay. We have lots to look forward to in the coming New Year! We will be getting our wonderful new “friendship benches” for Kitson and Shiphay Parks. There will be … Continue reading A warm welcome from Shiphay – Community Matters

Ageing Well Festival 2022 postponed

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Just when you thought it was safe, something else comes along and plans change. Again. We should be used to it by now – planning, building up and getting excited in prospect, only for it all to be thrown into disarray as the date hoves into view. We have had to forgo Christmases, holidays, family reunions, get-togethers and … Continue reading Ageing Well Festival 2022 postponed

Lending a hand in the new year

By Matt Saunders, Marketing & Communications Assistant The beginning of a new year always feels rather odd to me – weeks of frantic preparations leading up to these final days of the year, then comes Christmas day with lots of traditions and treats in store, you emerge from having caught up with lots of family and friends, spend a few days losing track of time … Continue reading Lending a hand in the new year

The Wise Men of Torbay – Community Matters

By Leah Whitcher, Community Builder for Torre & Upton At the start of 2020, a handful of Community Builders travelled to Camden in London to see how they engaged older people with their communities. We took away lots of great ideas and then Covid hit. Well, a couple of weeks ago I attended an online workshop hosted by the same Ageing Better project in Camden. … Continue reading The Wise Men of Torbay – Community Matters

Opportunities for all on Torbay Together

By Paul Trainer, Information Officer for Torbay Together (www.torbaytogether.org.uk) Are you looking to meet new friends at a local coffee morning or quiz event? Perhaps you need to know what support groups there are in Torbay for people living with chronic pain, experiencing bereavement, or who have a loved one with dementia? Or maybe you are part of a support or activity group looking for … Continue reading Opportunities for all on Torbay Together

Not feeling 100% festive? – Community Matters

By Christine Durrant, Community Builder for Preston Are you dreading Christmas? We are entering the time of year when shops, television and billboards all proclaim that this is a time to celebrate with family and friends and for many people it is just that.  However, for others it is just the opposite.  The tinsel and endless Christmas songs just fill them with the horror of … Continue reading Not feeling 100% festive? – Community Matters

Hello to The Willows Community – Community Matters

By Helen Kelly, Community Builder for The Willows Hello, I’m Helen, your new Community Builder at Torbay Community Development Trust for The Willows neighbourhood. Thank you for the warm welcome – I am looking to forward to meeting more of you in the new year. I’ve been especially struck by the enthusiasm of people wanting to make the Willows a community for conversations, friendships and … Continue reading Hello to The Willows Community – Community Matters