Healthwatch Torbay’s survey of young people’s views about life in Torbay – what they love, what they’d change – is well under way, with Torquay Academy’s students, for example, completing well over 400 questionnaires.
So far we’ve received lots of very interesting feedback, and there’s still time for others to share their own local experiences. We’ll be attending lots of events in the coming weeks to gather feedback, but if you’d like to fill the survey out online or want further information, please visit https://healthwatchtorbay.org.uk/consultation/healthwatch-schools-survey/.
Lots of local people are particularly concerned about their environment, with many – including a group I chatted to walking from Teignmouth to Dawlish the other day – commenting on what they see as the rather run-down appearance of Torquay in particular.
One cause for concern I keep hearing from young and old is the high number of, in their words, ‘beggars’ on the street. (Some use the less PC term, ‘druggies.)
With that in mind, it’s good to hear about a Torquay project spearheaded by local businesses aiming at helping the homeless while avoiding simply handing over cash without knowing where it might end up. Dot’s Pantry’s John Docherty spoke about it on Radio Devon this morning, telling us that the idea is that people can donate in shops where there will be collection tins, the money going to provide genuine help for those genuinely in need.
Seems a great idea to me.
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