Get Involved with Ageing Well!

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2018)

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The fourth annual Ageing Well Festival is coming  very soon (Saturday 20th October, 10am-6pm, Paignton Community and  Sports Academy in Borough Road) and there are  several ways you can play a part .

For a start, Ageing Well are looking for poets, budding and established, to perform their work during the festival and if you would like a little help with your work, they say, ‘Come along to our free workshop at the Bright Bean Coffee Shop, 319 Torquay Road, between 2 and 4 pm on October 11th – emailing Melanie Crump on if you need more detail.’

Anyone interested in helping out at the event is also more than welcome to come along and volunteer as there are all sorts of roles up for grabs to help the year festival run smoothly:

Helping set up on Friday 19th
Welcoming festival attendees
Helping in one of the spaces hosting activities and performances
Helping performers and speakers to arrive and set up
Helping with marshalling car park
Helping with pack down on Sunday

They’re asking volunteers to commit to minimum 3 hour sessions if possible (but ‘If you can’t do as many as 3 hours please just let us know,’ they add). They will recompense £10 – cash given on the day – while hot drinks and biscuits will be freely available.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out our Google Form (found at the link below) or for more info, email or phone 01803 212638.

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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!