Healthwatch Torbay needs you!

(Last Updated On: May 21, 2018)

Do you have IT skills that you could use to help others? And a do you have a bit of spare time?

If you do, Healthwatch Torbay’s exciting new Digital Inclusion Project needs you!

Although we’re living in what some call a ‘digital age’, lots of people can’t access vital health and social care resources on the internet –  things like the ability to book a doctor’s appointment or order a prescription

So at Healthwatch Torbay we’re looking for volunteers to help them get that access.

Our Digital Inclusion Project is a free programme of online health and social care training and support.

It’s designed to train volunteers who will then have the skills to help others.

The project is well under way but what we now need are still more volunteers to run our  training sessions in places like libraries and community centres. We’ll also be offering one-to-one support so that people can get help in their own homes and be shown how to use online resources.

If you think you could help, why not call Healthwatch – free – on 08000 520029, or email You could even call in to our offices for a chat in Paignton Library.

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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!