Cultural Volunteering in Torbay

(Last Updated On: April 24, 2019)

A timely message from Torbay’s Cultural Ambassadors:

‘This year’s International Agatha Christie Festival is confirmed for 12-15th September! Ahead of the September 2019 festival, this June the festival is partnering with two exciting new programmes across Torbay: Eye-View bringing contemporary arts to Torbay from across South Devon and the world; and to celebrate 10 years of Greenway being open to the public, the first-ever Greenway Literary Festival will take place in May. Both events have fantastic programmes and include some special preview events for this year’s IACF. They need several volunteers to help at all the events– email the team:

Eye-View, Torbay’s cultural programme as part of the Great Places Scheme, is now in full swing and needs you for some upcoming (extra)ordinary and Conversation events. Right now, they are looking for four Event Stewards to support us across two exciting conversations events. Check them out to see if you’re interested!

“A gentle gathering of people, organisations and businesses working, playing and being inspired by Torbay’s wonderful seas, once called ‘The Queen of Watering Places’.”

You might be interested in this event if you like learning new things, or feel passionate about the conservation of our seas. This event will see conversations about marine ecology and its future, and where Torbay sits in that discussion. We are seeking one volunteer to support this intimate, indoor event at the Brixham Laboratory. We’d like, in particular, to recruit someone who enjoys welcoming audience, is happy setting up refreshments, tables and chairs for the event, and if you have a bit of technical know-how that would be a bonus as we will need some help setting up the projector!

“Broken Spectacles invite us into the kitchen preparations of Cupid’s wedding feast. Help to prepare the food, watch the story unfold and hear characters’ intimate thoughts on love. This classic European story is told through a mixture of languages, Indian and Western music, and food, to celebrate domestic culture and explore the nature of multi-cultural relationships. Integrating song, dance and clowning, it is a joyful show suitable for all ages.”

If you enjoy theatre, you’ll love this event as it is a theatrical performance. It will also open a conversation about the different ways we experience love in our lives. We are seeking three volunteers to support this exciting, outdoor event at Lupton House (Brixham). Joining our team, you would be involved in greeting members of the public arriving by car and giving parking instructions, stewarding audience members, setting up the space and refreshments, and collecting monitoring data.

If you’re interested in volunteering for either Storm in a Teacup or A Marriage please send Mair a message by 30 April to let her know which event you’d like to support and more info will be sent.

Changing Horizons, an event run by the Cabinet Office which has run successfully in the north west of the UK for 3 years and is coming to Devon for the first time this year. It is an interactive event designed to teach children ages 11-13 about the skills required for life and work and to engage them in thinking about careers. 27th June, South Devon College. Great opportunity to be involved in something that is supporting future generations. Email for more information:

We hope you join in with some of these unique opportunities and don’t forget you can also support these projects and activities by being a positive ambassador by spreading the word and sharing on social media- why not tell ten of your friends and family this week about the ambassadors scheme!?


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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!