Celebrating the amazing power and strength of our local community – Community Matters

Tara Acton, departing Community Builder for Chelston, Livermead & Cockington I’m writing this as it is officially the end of my time in Torbay. I have worked in, lived in and loved communities across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay for almost ten years and what an utter pleasure it has been. I am so privileged to take with me a concrete foundation of knowing that people … Continue reading Celebrating the amazing power and strength of our local community – Community Matters

Goodbyes are hard but saying hello can be difficult too – Community Matters

By Sally Farrant, Community Builder for Shiphay & The Willows I’m taking a friend to a new Bereavement Friendship Group soon. If you’ve lost someone in these last 18 months, it’s been particularly difficult due to Covid restrictions in hospitals and on funerals. Someone I know didn’t have the opportunity to visit or say goodbye to his mother, who sadly died this year. Saying goodbye … Continue reading Goodbyes are hard but saying hello can be difficult too – Community Matters

Torbay Community Helpline reaching 25,000th call milestone

Any day now, the Torbay Community Helpline will take its 25,000th call since it was set up at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. Initially, it was staffed by teams from the charity and the volunteer sector, but the untold story is that they were quickly joined by volunteers, some of whom have been handling calls since the early days in March 2020. An incredible … Continue reading Torbay Community Helpline reaching 25,000th call milestone

What comes after Freedom Day? – Lockdown easing

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead ONCE again, we stand on the edge of the great unknown with what will hopefully be the final relaxation of restrictions next Monday. It has been a long time, 16 months on and off since we were fully allowed to go about our daily lives unhindered, and for some, the final easing is simply fantastic news that will … Continue reading What comes after Freedom Day? – Lockdown easing

Tribute to Community Builders moving on to pastures new – Community Matters

By Christine Durrant, Community Builder for Preston, Paignton Today, I would like to pay tribute to three of our community builders who will be leaving us this month for pastures new. We wish them well in their new roles, knowing that they will bring the same passion and energy to their future as they have over the past years here in Torbay. Marianne Parker has … Continue reading Tribute to Community Builders moving on to pastures new – Community Matters

Stronger Together – A Co-production Toolkit goes live

“If you’re using co-production to involve people in the design of services that impact them and their communities, then this toolkit is for you.” This toolkit has been co-created with steering group representatives from across the Ageing Better network, made up of 14 local partnerships, including Ageing Well Torbay. The aim was to develop a user-centred, one-stop resource for anyone looking to co-produce services or … Continue reading Stronger Together – A Co-production Toolkit goes live

Ending lockdown, take 2 – Lockdown easing

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead We are within a couple of weeks of COVID restrictions being lifted, but we must be careful not to think it is already over. It isn’t, not by a long shot – cases in the Bay are soaring to new heights and last week 118 people in every 100,000 were confirmed as having the virus, which was uncomfortably … Continue reading Ending lockdown, take 2 – Lockdown easing

Torbay to hold bay-wide celebration to thank pandemic volunteers

PLANS are being drawn up for a Torbay wide celebration of volunteers. Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT), Torbay Council and Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust have come together to thank the thousands of people who volunteered during the COVID crisis. One big event is being staged on Paignton Green on September 18th 2021, when community and neighbourhood groups are also being encouraged to organise … Continue reading Torbay to hold bay-wide celebration to thank pandemic volunteers

Community funds new defibrillator in St. Marychurch precinct – Community Matters

By Amanda Lynn & Jennie Langridge, Community Builders for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe A new defibrillator has been installed on the wall of Molloy’s Pub in St Marychurch – a big thank you to Rich Molloy, who has kindly allowed this to happen. Two years ago, the community of St Marychurch were having many conversations with us about the possibility of having an outside … Continue reading Community funds new defibrillator in St. Marychurch precinct – Community Matters