Exchange your time and skills with others – Community Matters

By Ruth Tshoukas, Timebank Broker for Paignton Although my chief job is running the Timebank in the Preston and Paignton area, in these unparalleled times, we have all had to adjust to a different way of living. I find that I’m talking to people every day over the telephone, people who get in touch via the helpline because they need help. So many people live … Continue reading Exchange your time and skills with others – Community Matters

The vaccination effort continues – could you lend a hand?

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead IT has been a busy old week at the vaccination centres in both Torquay and Brixham, with thousands more injections delivered. Our volunteers have been at full stretch, marshalling people as they arrive and ensuring that they enter and leave the centres in a timely and efficient manner, meaning more injections can be done. The marshals and chaperones … Continue reading The vaccination effort continues – could you lend a hand?

Taking small steps to begin reconnecting to each other in the community – Community Matters

By Usha Garrattley, Community Builder for Ellacombe & Plainmoor One warm, sunny afternoon, I walked to Brewery Park with Doreen. Sitting in the sun and having a chat with a few people made a big difference to Doreen who, apart from shopping, hadn’t done anything like this for over a year! Like many others, she has lost confidence. It’s going to take small steps and time to begin reconnecting to each other in the community. Before lockdown, I spent my … Continue reading Taking small steps to begin reconnecting to each other in the community – Community Matters

Our seventh and final year – Ageing Well Torbay

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communicaitons Lead AGEING Well Torbay is now entering its seventh year – which is an unexpected bonus created by the coronavirus crisis. Last year like so many things, we could not continue with our core work with the over 50’s across the Bay because instead, we put all our resources into the Torbay Community Helpline. Fortunately, our funders, the National … Continue reading Our seventh and final year – Ageing Well Torbay

I’m really proud of the co-operation and human kindness seen over last 12 months – Community Matters

By Simon Sherbersky, Strategic Director for Ageing Well Torbay & Torbay Community Development Trust Last week, I heard some very powerful storytelling to inform better ways of working together to support people in Torbay. The messages are not new but were really moving from people who have struggled with issues of violence, abuse, complexity, mental health and addiction. They showcased the value of local community groups who … Continue reading I’m really proud of the co-operation and human kindness seen over last 12 months – Community Matters

Lockdown’s easing – but we still need your help

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead WHEN we asked for volunteers last year, you came forward in astounding numbers – all 1,500 of you – each prepared to do whatever it took  to keep your neighbours, friends and relatives, safe and healthy. So you may well be surprised to learn that we are asking again for people to help because so many of you … Continue reading Lockdown’s easing – but we still need your help

Opportunities to create a difference in your community are endless – Community Matters

By Usha Garrattley, Community Builder for Ellacombe & Plainmoor In keeping with Spring the season of new beginnings it’s uplifting to see new buds of activities slowly opening up across the community….the Evening Stroll now into it’s 5th season began again last week, meeting at the Cliff Railway Café, with 5 intrepid walkers who braved the chilly evening to embrace the chance of company with … Continue reading Opportunities to create a difference in your community are endless – Community Matters

Another step further – Lockdown easing

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead This week has marked an important step in coming out of lockdown. We are getting there, but we are not there yet. Reopening non-essential retail on the High Street sees a welcome return of shoppers to our town centres, and the return of restaurants and pubs serving outdoors adds limited socialising to the mix There are grounds for … Continue reading Another step further – Lockdown easing

Light at the end of the tunnel as lockdown ends – Community Matters

By Marianne Parker, Community Builder for Wellswood Hooray! There is finally light at the end of the tunnel! Lockdown is over… at last! As things gradually begin to open up again, we are thinking about how we could regain the confidence to venture back out to meet up with people safely again. We would all love to know what you would like to do next … Continue reading Light at the end of the tunnel as lockdown ends – Community Matters

Shielding – a year later

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Another week and another few tentative steps towards normality – whatever ‘normal’ will mean in the future. Easter has meant some freedom for many, but the streets of Torbay remained relatively quiet compared to the hordes that we normally see in our town centres on the first significant Bank Holiday of the year. For others, as shielding officially … Continue reading Shielding – a year later