Innovation Fund Partners

A panel of older people were assembled to decide which projects would be funded out of the Innovation Fund, a pot of £150,000. The panel members rigorous commissioning training, to ensure they’d be able to judge the tenders (of which there were 32 to sort and narrow down to 8 who’d receive funding). The Innovation Fund themes were a direct response to feedback from the “Food for Thought” participation events, a large-scale participation event series, to find out what was and wasn’t working for older people living in Torbay, which were attended by over 400 people in later life.

The three key aims of the Innovation Fund were:

  1. To increase the range of affordable activities available
  2. To increase the opportunities for people to benefit from the skills of older people
  3. To create better access to affordable technology for information, as well as increased opportunities between generations to connect

As a result, eight new delivery partners have joined Ageing Well Torbay through the Innovation Fund:

Daybreak Peer Support – Step One

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Daybreak are offering free courses for people over 50 in Torbay, which are run by a facilitator and a peer trainer with lived experiences. The courses can help with low self-esteem, loss/bereavement, and/or anxiety and depression.

01803 557801

Community Internet Café – Ellacombe Community Partnership

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Ellacombe Community Partnership has launched a new
Community Internet Café in the heart of Torquay. They offer
reasonably priced fresh food and drink, there is also free
Wi-Fi access as well as activities, events and coach trips for over 50s. The café is open 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday, serves food 11am-2pm, and can be found at:

Community Café, 17 Market Street, Torquay TQ1 3AF.

01803 473154

Digital Inclusion – Healthwatch Torbay


Healthwatch Torbay are delivering a free local programme of online health & social care training and support at community venues throughout Torbay.

They want to give people the skills to access the internet and use local online resources. This includes self-referral systems, appointment booking systems, how to rate and review local services online and have their voices heard.

08000 520 029

Activities Week/Tea Dances – Karing

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Karing are hosting tea dances, while also testing out activities
which have not been tried before. If successful, they will introduce on a regular basis.

01803 524799

Media Training – Riviera FM


Riviera FM’s project is offering people over 50 the chance to
have media training on all aspects of running a radio station including developing content, presenting programmes, outside broadcasting and developing social media campaigns.

01803 506070

Grow Gap – So-Fly


The Grow Gap Project, organised by So-Fly, aims to turn unused land at Great Parks Community Centre into a stunning green space and allotment. Project staff are working to recruit volunteers from all age groups across Torbay, from school children to those who are retired. It is hoped that the different generations will learn skills from each other and share a range of meaningful experiences.

01803 524903

Hear and Now – Sound Communities


Sound Communities

Hear and Now is an intergenerational Torbay-wide exploration and celebration of oral history. The project is being run by Sound Communities and brings younger and older people together to find, explore and broadcast oral histories. The project is now looking for local people who have stories and memories about Torbay.

01803 863618

Wellswood Wheels – Wellswood Community Partnership

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Wellswood and Torwood Community Partnership has launched a door-to-door bookable minibus for people
over 50. The service has trained drivers & assistants, who support people from their homes onto the bus, and take
them to local events for £3 return.

01803 212638

At the 2017 Ageing Well Festival, these new delivery partners were presented their new funds for their respective projects in a cheque presentation ceremony: