Happy Birthday to the Crafty Fox – Community Matters

By Nina Cooper, Community Builder for Kings Ash and Collaton St. Mary The Crafty Fox Celebrated its fifth birthday this month. The hub started out when the community expressed the need for a safe space to meet up for a coffee and the project evolved very quickly and adjusted to the needs of locals. Funding was obtained to include services, Citizens Advice, a counsellor and … Continue reading Happy Birthday to the Crafty Fox – Community Matters

Brixham – where the townsfolk are proud of their environment – Community Matters

By Victoria Campbell, Community Builder for Brixham Many locals and groups are keeping Brixham looking beautiful, tidying up neglected areas around the town, planting flowers and herbs for the bees and the butterflies. There are displays around the town that are lovingly tended by volunteers. I often overhear visitors who have paused to admire them saying how much they appreciate them. Val Porter took the … Continue reading Brixham – where the townsfolk are proud of their environment – Community Matters

Out and about, exploring and meeting new people – Community Matters

By Joey Damiral, Community Builder for Chelston, Cockington & Livermead Hello, wonderful people of Torbay. My name is Joey Damiral and I work on behalf of the Torbay Community Development Trust. I was recently appointed as the new community builder for Chelston, Cockington and Livermead – a dynamic role that enables me to help individuals, social groups and local businesses to expand upon their connection … Continue reading Out and about, exploring and meeting new people – Community Matters

There’s loads going on in Torbay – Community Matters

By Ceri Silk, Community Builder for Torquay Town Centre Double double toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble… The bewitching weekend is upon us, and Torquay town centre shop windows are lavish with vibrant arrays of spooky memorabilia. Originally, the festival of All Hallows’ Day, Halloween has been celebrated with great enthusiasm and often outright abandon in Torquay since the Victorians. Yes, the nights are … Continue reading There’s loads going on in Torbay – Community Matters

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

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

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

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

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

Get digging to help others and earn ‘credits’ with Torbay Timebank – Community Matters

By Sandra Harper, Torquay Timebank Broker Pfft, and just like that, it was gone. I thought that that big yellow thing in the sky shone on us very sparingly this year and now I’m in a cloudy, warm, yet pleasant place where the beautiful leaves turn orange and brown and conkers fall from the trees. I love that sound when you walk through the woods … Continue reading Get digging to help others and earn ‘credits’ with Torbay Timebank – Community Matters