The Stay Put Project: Staying Put in Torbay

(Last Updated On: October 11, 2019)

Allowing someone to stay in their own home for longer will, for many, mean additional support, but it may be something as simple as help with changing a light bulb, hanging up new curtains, turning a mattress or just putting out the bins. 

Additionally, someone may need a bit of help around the garden or indoors moving furniture or clearing out lofts and attics – all relatively simple tasks whilst you are fit and healthy, but less so as your mobility declines.

The Staying Put project, funded by the Ageing Well Torbay programme, provides this type of support to those aged 50+ who need it.

Staying Put is a partnership of organisations, each working to deliver particular assistance and volunteering opportunities.  These are:

Brixham YES
Offering a low cost DIY/handy person and gardening service across Torbay, covering small tasks such as light bulb changing, curtain hanging or weeding and small garden tasks.

AGE UK Torbay
Offering volunteer training and befriending support

Using a Staying Put volunteer Advocate, seAp will offer support and representation for people to have their voices heard and be involved in decisions about their lives.

Healthwatch Torbay
The Staying Put volunteer Navigators will provide information and practical advice about local health and social care services.

Ellacombe Community Café (Facebook Link)
Offering a cooking buddy service across the Bay, supporting people to cook and eat at home with lessons and new skills, menu planning and on-line shopping

Ageing Well Torbay
Offering general help and support –  buddying, help around the house, and getting out and about

To contact the Staying Put project, to help or seek help, call 01803 446022, or email


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!