Meet wonderful Wendy, Torbay’s volunteer extraordinaire! – Community Matters

By Marianne Parker, Community Builder for Wellswood In Wellswood, I feel that we are extremely lucky to have almost 240 amazing people who are volunteering on the Torbay Community Helpline to help their neighbours with shopping, prescription collection, telephone befriending, dog walking and much more during this pandemic! As if volunteering your energy and giving up your own time wasn’t enough, some volunteers have been … Continue reading Meet wonderful Wendy, Torbay’s volunteer extraordinaire! – Community Matters

Heart-warming to see incredible community support – Community Matters

By Leah Whitcher, Community Builder for Torre & Upton What a whirlwind of an 18 months! Back in February 2020, as a community builder of only eight months, I felt I was really starting to get to grips with lots of lovely things happening in my patch. I was just about to release the new Torre and Upton Community Magazine, with a full diary of … Continue reading Heart-warming to see incredible community support – Community Matters

Thousands vaccinated thanks to help from volunteers – Community Matters

By Theo Tanser, Community & Timebanking Coordinator, Community Builder for Hele, Watcombe & Barton During lockdown, community building becomes much more difficult as we are forced to use the phone to keep in touch with people in our communities and match people in need to volunteers that are close by and happy to help. However, over the last few weeks I have been talking to … Continue reading Thousands vaccinated thanks to help from volunteers – Community Matters

What we all really need is a small project! – Community Matters

By Sally Farrant, Community Builder for Shiphay & The Willows There’s a weariness to this lockdown. Last spring, we pulled together to beat the virus. We had a common purpose. The Thursday nights clap for the NHS brought neighbours together. Residents in Edginswell brought out chairs and drinks. Flecher Close in Shiphay learned an exercise routine together. This time, our goal seems less within reach … Continue reading What we all really need is a small project! – Community Matters

Offer (and earn) time to help through timebanking – Community Matters

By Ruth Tshoukas, Timebank Broker for Paignton In these unprecedented times, people have been helping and supporting each other in so many different ways. People have got to know their neighbours and made new friends. Through the Torbay Community Helpline hundreds of people have signed up as volunteers. It’s amazing what people will do for each other. Wouldn’t it be good if some of those … Continue reading Offer (and earn) time to help through timebanking – Community Matters

New ways to bring communities together – Community Matters

By David Gledhill, Marketing & Communications Lead Like everyone else, community builders have had to find new ways through this crisis to find ways of maintaining the networks they have built over the last five years. Normally their weeks pass in a flurry of activity with visits, coffee mornings, arts and crafts clubs, afternoon tea dances and socials that bring communities together. But lockdowns have … Continue reading New ways to bring communities together – Community Matters

Making things happen in the community – Community Matters

By Tara Acton, Community Builder for Chelston, Livermead and Cockington I have had conversations with people about our living history showing how, after times of adversity, there were growths in positive power which have become gateways to societal change. At the risk of being uncharacteristically not super positive for a moment, I must confess I am nervous about what is on the horizon. Having spent … Continue reading Making things happen in the community – Community Matters