Bringing 'Fair' to Brixham

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2018)



The FAIR project is a new service for people over 50 in Torbay, offering advice and information on benefits, managing money, getting the best utility deals, and help for those getting into debt.

FAIR – Financial, Advice, Information and Resilience – is a joint venture involving local community groups and led by Citizens Advice Torbay.

Please join them on June 6th, they say, for one of their Community Launch Events where you can meet members of the new FAIR team and learn what FAIR can do for you.

Chris Sumner, from VISUALEYES, adds: ‘Were  meeting on Wednesday 6th June at the EDGE in Brixham, Bolton Street, where you can  pop in between 1pm and 3pm, enjoy a cream tea, have a chat and see what’s available in your own town. Please let us know if you are attending, for catering purposes. VisualEyes are one of the 3 Brixham Partners that are rolling out this Ageing Well concept and we can be contacted on 07951659514.’


If you’re interested in volunteering, FAIR are recruiting people to deliver financial advice and information at various community settings across Torbay – an exciting opportunity for people who want to help others in their local community, learn new skills or utilise existing ones. No experience is necessary as they’re offering a comprehensive training programme, including sessions on client confidentiality, listening skills, identifying advice needs, introduction to welfare benefits, effective form filling, financial capability and mental health awareness. As the service is for people aged 50 and over they’re particularly keen to recruit volunteers from this age group.

For more information email Alternatively, you can call her for an informal chat on 07706 714366.


The FAIR Project, by the way, is funded by Ageing Well Torbay via the Big Lottery Fund. Led by Citizens Advice Torbay it’s made up a number of providers, including:

  • Age UK Torbay • Brixham Does Care • Homemaker South West • Healthwatch Torbay • Mencap • Sanctuary Housing • Torbay Advice Network • YES Brixham Limited • VisualEyes Torbay – formerly Brixham Blind Club • Crafty Fox Café • The Acorn Centre

Bob Jope: Healthwatch Torbay

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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!