Changes abound, for the better – Community Matters

Hello All,

Some of you may know me as the part-time Community Builder for St Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe, working alongside Jennie Langridge and being the Coordinator of the Team. I have now moved into the role of the Lead Coordinator for the Community Builders, stepping into the very big shoes of Tracey Cabache, who is now the Director of Torbay Communities.

I jobshare with Andrew Wade. My role is to hold the golden thread of what the team is doing and be able to pull this together to support and share the wonderful community work we do in the Asset Based Community Development way (ABCD), which means harnessing people’s strengths & skills in the community and seeing everything as an asset whether that be people or places.

We now have a full team of Community Builders due to a recruitment process at the beginning of the year, and you can find them on our website: www.torbaycommunities.com/builders. We have a community Builder for every area in Torbay.

I work alongside a very diverse set of community builders, all giving their different skills, gifts, and knowledge to their area. I stand back and am amazed at what we do and how we do it, and how just knowing your local community and making connections can help so many people connect back into their community or make further connections to produce wonderful things that benefit all.

We will be at a few events this summer so do come along and meet us. Cricketfield Garden event, 12th August, Babbacombe Fair 13th August, Children’s Week 16th August & Pride Event on 2nd September.

You may also notice we have had a rebranding from Torbay Community Development Trust to Torbay Communities – this is so it’s easier and simpler for everyone, as our full title was a bit of a mouthful.

We are always looking for people to help us in what we do, looking for people who are natural connectors who know everything that is happening and are always there for a friendly chat, so if you feel you are one of them, contact your local community builder, who would love to hear from you. Or contact me on 07548704792 or email [email protected]

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