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?
By Victoria Campbell, Community Builder for Brixham About five years ago, a group of people in Brixham with a passion for wellbeing and good mental health decided to do something to help others in the community who were struggling. They set out to create ‘safe spaces’ for anyone feeling sad, lonely or isolated or having thoughts of suicide. It provides a security net for the … Continue reading Making Brixham a place where people can talk openly about mental health – Community Matters
By Paul Trainer, Information Officer for Torbay Together In Director Michael Winner’s 1964 film, The System, filmed almost entirely on location in Torbay, he depicts an English seaside town called Roxham that thrives during the summer months but effectively dies outside of the tourist season; beyond the holiday period, there is little to do in Roxham. Winner perhaps renamed his resort location for fear of … Continue reading Torbay Together’s exciting next move – to Devon!
By Joey Damiral, Community Builder for Chelston, Cockington & Livermead Torbay is an amazing place, full of remarkable people. My role, as the community builder for Chelston, Cockington and Livermead has enabled me to witness this first-hand. We have been through such difficult times over the past two years and despite this, have pulled together and supported one another as best we can. The community … Continue reading Support your locals – Community Matters
By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead AGEING Well Torbay is coming to an end, but much of our work over the last seven years will continue. AWT was just one of fourteen projects funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, tasked with looking at ways of tackling loneliness and isolation in over 50-year-olds. The learning has been phenomenal as each area set about testing … Continue reading Community support a lasting legacy
By Ceri Silk, Community Builder for Torquay Town Centre Since the 1400s, February 14 is traditionally the day to say ‘I love you’ to that special person with a card, meal or bunch of flowers. However, it can also be a great opportunity to start sharing your passion with others in our community. Living in this beautiful Bay, there is so much to be grateful … Continue reading Valentine’s Day… let’s share love of community! – Community Matters
By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead We are fast approaching the second anniversary of the day COVID arrived in the Bay. A group of skiers, taking advantage of the half-term break, unwittingly brought the virus back with them and were immediately quarantined, making them among the first in the country to be identified as infected. Not that it mattered, as it turned out as … Continue reading Almost two years since the first lockdown began…
By Gill Knight, Community Builder for Paignton South – Goodrington, Roselands, White Rock, Hookhills, Broadsands, Galmpton and Churston I always find that January hits me with a blast of the blues, and the need to prepare for and look forward to gets many of us through these cold winter months. It is not always easy to find that something, but maybe we can all get … Continue reading Need for a party is perhaps bigger than ever – Community Matters
By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Ageing Well Torbay is coming to an end after an amazing seven years of successfully preventing loneliness in people aged 50 years and over. We can look back with pride at the many innovatory methods we have used down the years to bring people together and to allow whole new communities to grow. Ageing Well introduced social prescribing … Continue reading The legacy of Ageing Well Torbay
By Marianne Parker, Creative Community Builder for Wellswood Community Building – Blue Sky Thinking What if… What if, we could build our community from our street up, And sing and dance and laugh and cry and live and die together? What if… We could bring together All ages, colours, shapes and sizes, Rich and poor, With or without a front door… To celebrate ourselves To … Continue reading Torbay community building… blue sky thinking – Communtiy Matters