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!


Torbay’s Coronavirus Helpline

A helpline to match people who need help with people who want to help in the current coronavirus crisis has been amazingly busy. Torbay’s ever-active voluntary sector has been exceptionally active …

Community News

Ageing Well Festival 2020

Torbay's Ageing Well tell us: 'A date for your diary or calendar – Saturday, October 24th 2020 – seems aeons away, but the sixth annual Ageing Well Festival will creep up on us in no time. Ask th…

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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…