Post-Ageing Well Torbay

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Ageing Well Torbay is dead. Long live ageing well in Torbay. It is hard to believe that it is seven years since Ageing Well arrived in Torbay and what a difference it has made to so many lives, particularly the lives of older people. The aims were simple, to reduce levels of isolation and loneliness in over 50-year … Continue reading Post-Ageing Well Torbay

Sharing your time is a treasured gift – Community Matters

By Ruth Tshoukas, Paignton Timebank Broker Have time on your hands? Do you enjoy meeting people? Then the Timebank is for you. There are groups of people all over Torbay who want to give their time to benefit others. The Timebank has been going for a number of years and gradually more and more people are signing up. It works like this: you give an … Continue reading Sharing your time is a treasured gift – Community Matters

TCDT – Bringing People Together, The Torbay Way!

By Simon Sherbersky, who has led the Torbay Community Development Trust since its inception, steps down this week. Here he reflects on that journey. Well, what a journey it has been and what a privilege to have led the Trust over the last nine years. I can say, with complete conviction that I am extremely proud of what we have all achieved together in Torbay … Continue reading TCDT – Bringing People Together, The Torbay Way!

Two years since our first Lockdown

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead TWO years ago today, the unthinkable happened and a new word was introduced into all our vocabularies – lockdown. Doors across the Bay were closed and we all said goodbye to friends and family as we hunkered down to see what the future would bring. The fear was palpable. Theories, conspiracy theories were available in abundance, but what … Continue reading Two years since our first Lockdown

Knitters aiming to yarn bomb Queen’s Jubilee – Community Matters

By Nina Cooper, Community Builder for Kings Ash and Collaton St. Mary Torbay knitters are at it again – and dozens are preparing to decorate the streets. Look out for the yarn bombing around Torbay for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations from May 12 to 15. Robbie Lynch and her friends long since came up with a creative solution to the Bay’s scruffy buildings – yarn … Continue reading Knitters aiming to yarn bomb Queen’s Jubilee – Community Matters

Just a taste of sleeping rough

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Every night in shelters and doorways across the Bay, people are bedding down because they have nowhere else to go. Others are not so lucky and have to make their own protection against the elements with whatever is available. People’s reasons for being out on the streets are many and complex, but they all have in thing in … Continue reading Just a taste of sleeping rough

Torbay Together now connected to all of Devon

By Theo Tanser and Dan Best, community builders for Hele, Watcombe and Barton TORBAY Together, the one-stop for opportunities for all across the Bay has just gone Devon wide. Torbay Together was launched by Torbay Community Development to provide a wealth of information for everything going on in the Bay as well as somewhere for volunteering opportunities and a home for the Torbay Timebank Torbay’s … Continue reading Torbay Together now connected to all of Devon

More help for all ages, going forward

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Young people are having it tough right now and need our support more than ever before. Mental health among young people is suffering as unprecedented pressures are heaped upon them at an age when they are ill-equipped to cope. The last couple of years have been hard on everyone because of COVID, but for children and young people, … Continue reading More help for all ages, going forward

Volunteer opportunities for the Good Neighbour Network – Community Matters

By Jennie Langridge & Amanda Lynn, Community Builders for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe As we go into spring, we are really looking forward to better weather, when we can all start to venture out more and enjoy the outdoors, maybe in gardens or just out for a walk. We have some good news, the new Babbacombe Memory Café for people with Dementia and Memory Loss … Continue reading Volunteer opportunities for the Good Neighbour Network – Community Matters

Two years later…back to normal?

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead TWO years on, we are told that we should allow life to return to ‘normal’, whatever that means? The Government has made it clear that we are now all at liberty to cast off restrictions and return as much as possible to the lives we lived before we knew the meaning of the word COVID. But before we … Continue reading Two years later…back to normal?