Author: Bob Jope

Bob Jope(Author)

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!

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Teignmouth Hospital Consultation

On Thursday 27th February the Governing Body of NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group unanimously approved the launch of an eight-week public consultation process regarding the closure of Teignmo…

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Youth Healthwatch for Torbay

Volunteers play a vital role at Healthwatch, helping the public have their say about health and social care. Their volunteers come from all ages and backgrounds but they are particularly interested in…

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Mental Health support for young people

In January 2020, Ocean Youth, part of Sound Communities conducted research via Facebook that showed that of the 650 Torbay schoolchildren polled, 500 of them felt lonely at least some of the time with…

Community Projects

Top attraction needs your help

Now that the nights are getting lighter and the bulbs are showing through, it is only a matter of weeks before the Bay starts to prepare for the summer months. One of the most used attractions for lo…


Improving Mental Health Support

Three steps to improve mental health support for young people Over the past three years, Healthwatch have heard from over 20,000 young people about their experiences of mental health support. To gain…

Community News

News from VisualEyes Torbay

With funding from Devon Community Foundation, a new video has been produced which outlines the issues visually impaired people face and the help which is available to them. This video will also giv…

Community News

New location for SENDIASS Torbay

Working across education, health and social care SENDIASS Torbay officers provide confidential and impartial advice, as well as ensuring the views of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) ch…

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Parents urged to get children vaccinated

The NHS in Devon is reminding parents to book flu vaccination appointments for their children, this winter.Over the past few weeks reported cases of Influenza have risen and this follows the latest re…


How to avoid the norovirus this Christmas

Public Health England (PHE) say they've seen a huge increase in the norovirus and have issued key advice. PHE say think 'NORO' N- No visits to hospitals, care homes or GP surgeries if you are suff…

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Torbay and South Devon Health News Updates

Do you look after a family member or friend with a disability or a health condition who cannot manage alone? If so, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust’s Carers' Service is inviting you to joi…

Community Lifestyle

November in the Arts World

November Moonlight November brings with it dark skies and colder weather, but it also brings us magic in the form of natural phenomenon. During the Wavelength event from 8th to 10th Nov, Torbay Astro…