Healthwatch Torbay on Community Support

(Last Updated On: July 20, 2020)

Your Experience

Something that we’ve been really aware of here at Healthwatch Torbay throughout this horrible crisis has been the tremendous advice and support offered by community groups, big and small, across the bay.

Meanwhile, our latest weekly newsletter highlights assistance aimed at people as we gradually – and tentatively – ease our way back to some kind of ‘normality’.

For example, if you’ve been receiving free food parcels, medicine deliveries and care from the National Shielding Service, you probably know that these will stop from 1st August.

The government are encouraging you to still take precautions when you go out. Wash hands regularly, avoid touching your face and keep two metres away from people who are not part of your household or bubble.

But, if you’re concerned about these changes and need help, contact the Torbay Help Hub by following the link below or contact the Torbay Council Shielding Hub on 01803 208200.

I’ve been impressed, too, by the crucial part played by local shops in keeping us fed and watered, from corner shop grocers to newsagents, from bakers to community-supplying butchers like my own local one, Prentice in Belgrave Road: excellent quality, genuinely friendly – and free local delivery!

To find out much more about all that’s on offer to help us across the bay, you can sign up to our Healthwatch Torbay newsletter by visiting our website:

We’d also, love to hear from you about your experiences using health and social services throughout this challenging time.

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!