Healthwatch at Babbacombe fayre

Healthwatch Torbay
(Last Updated On: June 18, 2018)


Next Wednesday – June 20th – sees the annual Babbacombe Fayre, run on the Downs by the local Rotary Club.

‘There’s a wide variety of stalls from local charities and other community groups,’ the organisers tell us. ‘Local vintage cars and motorbikes offer a chance to see some rare and beautiful vehicles up close. Throughout the day we have an entertainment stage, local bands and school choirs provide a wide range of music and song. All ages will find something of interest and entertainments.’

At the Healthwatch Torbay stall you’ll have the chance to talk to us about what we do and to find out much more about the variety of projects currently under way.

Healthwatch works to help people get the best out of the health and social care services in our area, whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. It’s all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of their services – not just people for who use them, but for anyone who might need them in the future.

Why not come and chat to the team, then, about any concerns you have, any ideas you want to tell us about, or maybe any really good experiences you’ve had with our local services?

You can hear, too, about all that’s going on, from Healthwatch’s Digital Inclusion project, helping people who are ‘digitally excluded’ by providing them with a route to join the online world and access all local digital health and social care resources, to our Young People’s survey, asking, ‘What’s it like to live in Torbay as a young person today?’ Tilly Adams, who’s running the project, will be there so you can hear from her what it’s all about and what its likely outcomes might be.

You can also find out more about Healthwatch’s work on the Devon-wide Learning Disability Commissioning Strategy. Its aim is to discover what has worked well so far and, crucially, areas that could be improved, giving people with lived experience as well as their carers a their say in shaping and improving the ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability Strategy’ over the next three years. This could even be an ideal opportunity to take part in the survey.


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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!