Let’s get Together! – Community Matters

By Marianne Parker, Creative Community Builder & Community Builder for Wellswood Sometimes things don’t always work out the way you think they will and I am so happy to be back doing the best job in the world as Creative Community Builder for Torbay and Community Builder for Wellswood where our Community Picnic took place on a beautiful afternoon in July. Those lucky enough to … Continue reading Let’s get Together! – Community Matters

Torbay Assembly, back in action

By Jess Slade, Participation Development Lead The Torbay Assembly (formerly known as the Torbay Over Fifties Assembly, or TOFA for short) is now back in full flow. Our Action Group are finding practical opportunities for members to be involved and ensure the voices of Torbay residents are heard. A lot has been going on behind the scenes during the pandemic – assembly members have been … Continue reading Torbay Assembly, back in action

What does a community builder do exactly? – Community Matters

By Christine Durrant, Community Builder for Preston ‘What does a community builder do exactly?’ This can be a difficult question to answer as we all work in different ways according to our own particular strengths.  Our role is to get to know everyone we can within our communities.  We learn about local people, organisations and businesses by listening to their hopes and aspirations.  Often, we … Continue reading What does a community builder do exactly? – Community Matters

Mental health – an ever-growing concern for Torbay

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead POOR mental health has long been an issue in Torbay. But in the last 18 months, because of COVID, things have got much worse. We were already dealing with a high level of male suicide, depression caused by social isolation, loneliness and poverty. Add COVID to the mix along with its many complex consequences both for health and … Continue reading Mental health – an ever-growing concern for Torbay

Call us if you are wondering what you could do locally – Community Matters

By Gill Knight, Community Builder for Paignton South – Goodrington, Roselands, White Rock, Hookhills, Broadsands, Galmpton and Churston While I am sat here watching the TV, and seeking inspiration, worrying about fuel shortages, and will I have enough diesel to see my 92-year-old dad who lives 75 miles away, I realise that every one of us is worrying about something. The current situation shows how the … Continue reading Call us if you are wondering what you could do locally – Community Matters

The show must go on – Ageing Well virtual festival, and March 2022

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead The Ageing Well Torbay @Home Festival finally went ahead on Friday – both live streaming from our website and on Riviera FM It was the culmination of months of planning which started earlier this year after we realised that bringing thousands of people together under one roof would be out of the question. We would have preferred to … Continue reading The show must go on – Ageing Well virtual festival, and March 2022

Community builders’ groups reopening after 18 months of lockdown – Community Matters

By Amanda Lynn & Jennie Langridge, Community Builders for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe Well it’s been a very busy couple of months with lots of visitors to the Bay. I don’t think I have ever seen Babbacombe so busy on a sunny day, which was lovely for all the local businesses in the area. Jennie and myself have been very busy, also, starting to … Continue reading Community builders’ groups reopening after 18 months of lockdown – Community Matters

Thousands supported by community helpline

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead We have been looking back at the work of the Torbay Community Helpline over the last 18 months, and the figures are staggering. Launched as the Torbay Community Coronavirus Helpline back in March 2020, one week before the first lockdown, it has taken more than 25,750 calls – each one of those from someone who needed help. Statistics … Continue reading Thousands supported by community helpline

It’s almost virtual festival time – Community Matters

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead The annual Ageing Well Torbay Festival – a celebration of older people – is taking place online and on radio for the second year in a row. Sadly, plans for a massive get together at the Riviera Centre in Torquay have had to be postponed to March next year because of COVID, but the party will go ahead … Continue reading It’s almost virtual festival time – Community Matters

Your line-up for Ageing Well Festival @Home 2021

FOR the second year in a row, the annual Ageing Well Torbay Festival is live streaming online and broadcast on the radio. Timed to coincide with the World Health Organisations International Day of Older People, the @Home Festival will go out between 10 am and 2 pm on Friday, October 1st from the home page of http://www.ageingwelltorbay.com and on Riviera 107.9 FM. Normally the Festival, … Continue reading Your line-up for Ageing Well Festival @Home 2021