Can you Help the over 50s Stay in Own Homes?

(Last Updated On: August 15, 2019)


A pioneering new scheme which will help over 50-year-olds to stay in their homes for longer is being launched in Torbay.

Six organisations, led by the Torbay Community Development Trust are being funded by Ageing Well Torbay to provide a variety of services to older people that will allow them to live on in the homes that they love.

The services cover everything from a low cost handy person service being provided by Yes! Brixham to cooking lessons, menu planning and online shopping on offer from the Ellacombe Community Partnership.

Additionally Healthwatch Torbay will be ensuring that everyone has the access to the health and care services they need when they need it and seAp Advocacy is on hand to make sure people have their voices heard on health, wellbeing and social care issues.

Called Staying Put the project relies on volunteers to be good neighbours and a campaign is being launched to find neighbourhood champions and lots of volunteers who will be trained by Age UK Torbay.

Jess Slade, participation lead officer at TCDT, explained: “At the heart of Staying Put are local people helping their neighbours remain their neighbours through sharing their skills, time and knowledge, enabling older people to stay in their own homes for as long as they wish to.

“We are looking for volunteers across the Bay who will look out for their neighbours and help with often the smallest of jobs.” 

Research by National Lottery Community funded Ageing Well Torbay has shown that many people would prefer to continue to live in their own homes but find as they get older that they struggle with some of the smaller jobs such as changing a lightbulb, curtain hanging or clearing garden paths.

Some also struggle when their partner dies as they have never learned to cook or in some cases have never been responsible for coordinating their own healthcare.

If you need help or want to give help Staying Put can be contacted via Gill or Mark on 01803 446022 or email


For more information or to arrange interviews, please call David Gledhill, marketing and communications lead,  on 07715 770303 or email:  

Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY                                                            


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!