Lifting measures in the face of Omicron

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Here we go again. Nearly all COVID restrictions are lifted as of tomorrow, and it is now down to us. We must ensure that we do not see history repeating itself with an easing of rules leading to a surge in infections and the inevitable subsequent clampdown. The Prime Minister calls it a return to ‘complete normality’, but … Continue reading Lifting measures in the face of Omicron

Nearing the end of Ageing Well Torbay

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communication Lead SEVEN years ago, the Ageing Well Torbay team began work, with one of their main aims to reduce loneliness among over 50-year-olds in the Bay. Loneliness has long been recognised as a debilitating problem that has a dreadful effect on people’s daily lives leading to illness, depression and worse. Here in the Bay, a whole host of economic … Continue reading Nearing the end of Ageing Well Torbay

Ageing Well Festival 2022 postponed

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Just when you thought it was safe, something else comes along and plans change. Again. We should be used to it by now – planning, building up and getting excited in prospect, only for it all to be thrown into disarray as the date hoves into view. We have had to forgo Christmases, holidays, family reunions, get-togethers and … Continue reading Ageing Well Festival 2022 postponed

Lending a hand in the new year

By Matt Saunders, Marketing & Communications Assistant The beginning of a new year always feels rather odd to me – weeks of frantic preparations leading up to these final days of the year, then comes Christmas day with lots of traditions and treats in store, you emerge from having caught up with lots of family and friends, spend a few days losing track of time … Continue reading Lending a hand in the new year

Opportunities for all on Torbay Together

By Paul Trainer, Information Officer for Torbay Together (www.torbaytogether.org.uk) Are you looking to meet new friends at a local coffee morning or quiz event? Perhaps you need to know what support groups there are in Torbay for people living with chronic pain, experiencing bereavement, or who have a loved one with dementia? Or maybe you are part of a support or activity group looking for … Continue reading Opportunities for all on Torbay Together

Torbay in dire need of volunteers

By Matt Saunders, Marketing & Communications Assistant Twenty-one months have now passed since the fateful announcement of our first national lockdown, ushering in rapid and alarming change across the nation, as life was turned upside-down for everyone. A week before this announcement, we launched the Torbay Community Coronavirus Helpline (now Torbay Community Helpline), with a mission of helping Torbay residents through these weird and uncertain … Continue reading Torbay in dire need of volunteers

The challenges facing the voluntary, community and social enerprise sector in Torbay

By Robin Causley, Community Funding Advisor Throughout the pandemic, this column (by Torbay Community Development Trust) has been highlighting the crucial role the local voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector (VCSE), have been playing in supporting people with often complex social issues and in sustaining our local communities. We have seen how the sector supported people in ways others couldn’t and reached communities where others … Continue reading The challenges facing the voluntary, community and social enerprise sector in Torbay

What’s on in Torbay this Christmas? – 2021

Our team of Community Builders have compiled a list of activities, events and groups happening around Torbay, during December 2021. These are a mixture of one-of festive events, ongoing groups and services (of which, some are hosting their own festive activities) which gather to socialise, craft, share ideas, support one another, and then some. We have also included a full list of all our Community … Continue reading What’s on in Torbay this Christmas? – 2021

A cautious countdown ’til Christmas

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Just over three weeks to go until we all celebrate the big day. We hope. In this uncertain world of COVID, nothing is a given and we must all focus all our efforts on making sure we can all sit down and celebrate with family and friends this Christmas. We came close last year but failed at the … Continue reading A cautious countdown ’til Christmas