Exchange your time and skills with others – Community Matters

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

Taking small steps to begin reconnecting to each other in the community – Community Matters

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

I’m really proud of the co-operation and human kindness seen over last 12 months – Community Matters

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

Opportunities to create a difference in your community are endless – Community Matters

By Usha Garrattley, Community Builder for Ellacombe & Plainmoor In keeping with Spring the season of new beginnings it’s uplifting to see new buds of activities slowly opening up across the community….the Evening Stroll now into it’s 5th season began again last week, meeting at the Cliff Railway Café, with 5 intrepid walkers who braved the chilly evening to embrace the chance of company with … Continue reading Opportunities to create a difference in your community are endless – Community Matters

Light at the end of the tunnel as lockdown ends – Community Matters

By Marianne Parker, Community Builder for Wellswood Hooray! There is finally light at the end of the tunnel! Lockdown is over… at last! As things gradually begin to open up again, we are thinking about how we could regain the confidence to venture back out to meet up with people safely again. We would all love to know what you would like to do next … Continue reading Light at the end of the tunnel as lockdown ends – Community Matters

Returning to some kind of normality is exciting but it may cause anxiety – Community Matters

By Victoria Campbell, Community Builder for Brixham As we head closer to the end of the second lockdown, some of us are facing new challenges trying to find our way back into our communities beyond the confines of our homes and bubbles. Returning to some kind of normality is exciting, appreciating just doing normal things, like going out to eat, meeting up with friends and … Continue reading Returning to some kind of normality is exciting but it may cause anxiety – Community Matters

Coronavirus one year on, and we stand together – Community Matters

By Ash Rangasamy, Community Builder for Paignton Town & Clifton with Maidenway Do you remember those magic eye pictures that were all the craze about 30 years ago? The ones that were just a splattering of random colours and grainy dots, but if you squinted, tilted your head and adjusted your vision, all of a sudden you could peer behind the messy scribble and a hidden gem would emerge. Not just a … Continue reading Coronavirus one year on, and we stand together – Community Matters

We should all feel so proud of the response across Bay – Community Matters

By Gill Knight, Community Builder for Paignton South – Goodrington, Roselands, White Rock, Hookhills, Broadsands, Galmpton and Churston What have you done today to make you feel proud? Can you remember the song Proud by Heather Small that was playing everywhere in 2012 during the extraordinary times of the Olympics? The nation was swept along with the feeling of inspiration, patriotism, and every effort at … Continue reading We should all feel so proud of the response across Bay – Community Matters

Pledge your support for return of one of Torbay’s ‘lifeline’ community bus routes – Community Matters

By Usha Garrattley, Community Builder for Ellacombe & Plainmoor Exciting times coinciding with the beautiful spring-like weather we’ve been having has been the beginning of getting the 65 Community Bus route up and running again. Along with Cllr Jermaine Atiya-Alla, I’ve been out and about in the Ellacombe and Babbacombe community delivering ‘proposal flyers’ and getting feedback for the 65 Community Bus, which to most … Continue reading Pledge your support for return of one of Torbay’s ‘lifeline’ community bus routes – Community Matters

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