Torbay Over 50's Assembly

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(Last Updated On: January 28, 2019)

Ageing Well Torbay are working with people over 50 and organisations across Torbay to create Torbay Over 50’s Assembly – or TOFA for short. This assembly will enable anyone over the age of 50 to discuss what’s important to them, and share those views with peers and friends from around the bay.

The assembly has been a key element of Ageing Well Torbay’s initial bid to the Big Lottery, and is therefore an important feature and legacy to be left behind by the programme, ensuring people in later life will have a true platform and power within Torbay, that has been negotiated with local statutory services.

TOFA will be a huge opportunity to become involved in local affairs – the Assembly will consist of Assembly Members, Assembly Representatives and Action Group Members.

If you’d like to find out more about Torbay Over 50’s Assembly, including more about these three roles, exactly what the assembly will do and how it’ll function, visit the TOFA page on Ageing Well Torbay’s website: Click here.

If you’re interested in joining the assembly, and wish to express your interest, call 01803 212638, or email ageingwell@torbaycdt.org.uk with your name and contact details (phone number and/or email address at least)

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!