Online Community Coronavirus helpline now live for Torbay

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(Last Updated On: March 19, 2020)

The Torbay Community Coronavirus Helpline – which launched on Monday 16th March, has now added a online form, enabling members of the public to seek help (if they’re self-isolated) with non-emergency matters, for the public to offer their assistance, and for anyone to refer others who may need help in this time of need.

The type of help people may need might be anything from fetching their shopping while they’re housebound, to walking their dogs, to providing a friendly ear and befriending over the phone. People of all ages  are in need of help, and people from all walks of life are answering the call.

The form is now live (click here)

The phone line is going strong, with the Torbay Community Development Trust line being available 8am-8pm, seven days a week: 01803 446022, and the Brixham Does Care line will be available 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday: 01803 857727.
If you’d like to help promote this helpline, do download and share the poster:
Community Coronavirus Helpline poster download


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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!