By Leah Whitcher, Community Builder for Torre & Upton Goodness me, it’s been a tough 14 months, hasn’t it? How have you been? What did you do to get yourselves through it? Did you pull together a bit more in your street or neighbourhood? Did you move to participating in Zoom groups or chatting to people on the phone more often? Did you get fitter and healthier … Continue reading Hold on to and nurture that local community spirit – Community Matters
Torbay has been accepted as part of the World Health Organisation’s Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. It joins 1,114 cities and communities in 44 countries covering 262 million people worldwide that are aiming to ensure that older people are included in community life as well as promoting healthy and active ageing. In the UK there are more than 40 UK cities, towns, boroughs, districts, … Continue reading Torbay accepted as part of worldwide World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly network
By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Good news has been a bit thin on the ground for the last 14 months, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been things to celebrate. Take the Torbay Community Helpline. From nowhere, the Helpline has become a community resource to be reckoned with, due, in no small part, to the efforts of the team of volunteers who have … Continue reading Help for the community, by the community – Torbay Community Helpline
By Gill Knight, Community Builder for Paignton South – Goodrington, Roselands, Hookhills, Broadsands, Galmpton and Churston As we all try to get back to our new normal, your local community builders are getting out into their communities and will be staging pop-ups near you to get your ideas and help you find an activity, group or event that you might like to attend. Organisations across the Bay are working hard to make things … Continue reading Covid-safe activities opening up across the Bay – Community Matters
By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead We can’t be the only ones getting excited at the prospect of restrictions being further relaxed from next Monday, May 17th. Finally, a chance to socialise, meet up with old friends and have a cup of tea, coffee or something stronger outside the confines of your own home. Monday means that within reason and still exercising caution, we … Continue reading How do you want to socialise, as lockdown eases a step further?
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
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?
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
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
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