Cultural Volunteering in Torbay!

(Last Updated On: March 24, 2019)

Are you the right person to help ask people the right questions? Who are they? What do they like? Have they been before? Will they tell their friends? These are some of the questions that Torbay Culture and the organisations they are working with would like to ask people engaging in cultural activities during May –November 2019. They are looking for volunteers to help survey as many people as possible at the events and festivals happening across Torbay. If you love meeting and speaking with new people and want to share the news about the great cultural opportunities happening this year then they’d love to explain further.

Mini-gog is coming! This year Grinagog goes mini with a one day festival with something for all. The day will be full of colour, fun and mischief. Spanish Barn on Saturday 12th April. The event needs our ambassadors to help it run smoothly, so get in touch now if you would like to be part of Torbay’s most colourful and bonkers event. Email:

As BrixFest grows, so too does the need for Volunteers. Event volunteers are needed to take on a variety of roles as this wonderful festival. If you would like the opportunity to be part of a very special team, the chance to enjoy the festival from a different perspective and above all to know that the time who donate makes a real difference and contributes to the success of our annual family and community focused festival then please get in touch! Give Sophie a call on 07794 645 543 or email

South Devon Players are in need of volunteers to support many roles. From fundraising to publicity, technical support to being a costumed walkabout there are many ways to get involved with this busy and popular theatre group. They are based in Brixham but working throughout the Bay. Email for more information.

Eyeview has launched! Have you heard about the project that will bring the cultural landscape of Torbay alive throughout 2019? We will tell you more about it at the welcome meeting but be sure to check out their website here. The team are lovely and are in need of many volunteers through the year to support their various projects. Get in touch to offer your support and find out more.

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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!