Celebrating the amazing power and strength of our local community – Community Matters

Tara Acton, departing Community Builder for Chelston, Livermead & Cockington I’m writing this as it is officially the end of my time in Torbay. I have worked in, lived in and loved communities across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay for almost ten years and what an utter pleasure it has been. I am so privileged to take with me a concrete foundation of knowing that people … Continue reading Celebrating the amazing power and strength of our local community – Community Matters

Goodbyes are hard but saying hello can be difficult too – Community Matters

By Sally Farrant, Community Builder for Shiphay & The Willows I’m taking a friend to a new Bereavement Friendship Group soon. If you’ve lost someone in these last 18 months, it’s been particularly difficult due to Covid restrictions in hospitals and on funerals. Someone I know didn’t have the opportunity to visit or say goodbye to his mother, who sadly died this year. Saying goodbye … Continue reading Goodbyes are hard but saying hello can be difficult too – Community Matters

Tribute to Community Builders moving on to pastures new – Community Matters

By Christine Durrant, Community Builder for Preston, Paignton Today, I would like to pay tribute to three of our community builders who will be leaving us this month for pastures new. We wish them well in their new roles, knowing that they will bring the same passion and energy to their future as they have over the past years here in Torbay. Marianne Parker has … Continue reading Tribute to Community Builders moving on to pastures new – Community Matters

Community funds new defibrillator in St. Marychurch precinct – Community Matters

By Amanda Lynn & Jennie Langridge, Community Builders for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe A new defibrillator has been installed on the wall of Molloy’s Pub in St Marychurch – a big thank you to Rich Molloy, who has kindly allowed this to happen. Two years ago, the community of St Marychurch were having many conversations with us about the possibility of having an outside … Continue reading Community funds new defibrillator in St. Marychurch precinct – Community Matters

Everyone’s welcome at Wellswood community picnic – Community Matters

By Marianne Parker, Community Builder for Wellswood/Torbay Creative Community Builder As I write this, we have just enjoyed five whole days of gorgeous sunshine and beautiful blue skies. The first taste of summer. The next lifting of restrictions will hopefully happen on 19th July. So on Saturday 24th July, we are planning to celebrate with a Wellswood community picnic at 2:30pm on Meadfoot Green! If … Continue reading Everyone’s welcome at Wellswood community picnic – Community Matters

Carers need to live their own lives too – Communtiy Matters

By Sandra Harper, Timebank Broker for Torquay I was sitting in the café having a coffee with friends, and a couple joined our group. Jacqui, an acquaintance, introduced me to Sylvia who sat with us but was constantly looking at her phone. It turns out Sylvia was her mum. Now, I’ve got grandkids and I know this square-eyed monster game where no one else exists … Continue reading Carers need to live their own lives too – Communtiy Matters

There are things happening, and we can help you find them – Community Matters

By Gill Knight, Community Builder for Paignton South – Goodrington, Roselands, White Rock, Hookhills, Broadsands, Galmpton & Churston We have used the word Normal a lot over the past year – new normal, old normal, getting back to…normal. But what does it mean to you? – Being able to go out and see friends and family, going to a restaurant or pub, or perhaps just … Continue reading There are things happening, and we can help you find them – Community Matters

Make time to talk, and listen, to each other – Community Matters

By Ash Rangasamy, Community Builder for Paignton Town & Clifton with Maidenway Recently I had a conversation with a friend. I say conversation…I won’t bore you with the details, but I didn’t so much talk at her as I did explode in her general direction. An eruption of sentiments, thoughts, feelings, experiences spewed forth from my mind. Before one word could be fully formed, a … Continue reading Make time to talk, and listen, to each other – Community Matters

Hold on to and nurture that local community spirit – Community Matters

By Leah Whitcher, Community Builder for Torre & Upton Goodness me, it’s been a tough 14 months, hasn’t it? How have you been? What did you do to get yourselves through it? Did you pull together a bit more in your street or neighbourhood? Did you move to participating in Zoom groups or chatting to people on the phone more often? Did you get fitter and healthier … Continue reading Hold on to and nurture that local community spirit – Community Matters

Covid-safe activities opening up across the Bay – Community Matters

By Gill Knight, Community Builder for Paignton South – Goodrington, Roselands, Hookhills, Broadsands, Galmpton and Churston As we all try to get back to our new normal, your local community builders are getting out into their communities and will be staging pop-ups near you to get your ideas and help you find an activity, group or event that you might like to attend. Organisations across the Bay are working hard to make things … Continue reading Covid-safe activities opening up across the Bay – Community Matters