Open meeting for older citizens
HERE'S a chance to have your say! The Torbay Older Citizens' Forum (TOCF) will be holding its fourth open meeting on Friday, October 5.
The forum will run from 2pm to 4pm at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton, where guest speakers will include Russell Buckingham, chairman of The Lady Cable Trust — The Lady Cable being the last of the Little Ships to leave Dunkirk in World War Two.
Crucially, this will also be an important opportunity for members to highlight their concerns regarding any local services for older citizens, while information will also be available on flu vaccination for the coming winter.
Entrance is free, light refreshments will be available.
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REMINDING us of how colourfully cosmopolitan life in the Bay has become, a Torbay Polish Saturday School will be starting up on October 20 at the Hollacombe Community Resource Centre in Torquay Road. Everyone's welcome from 10.30am to 3pm. The school is also looking for teachers of Polish, geography, history and maths. So, if you'd like more information about the school or about teaching opportunities, call 01803 607845 or 07951 291050.
A LITTLE further afield than we usually venture but for a third year running Exeter CVS will be training citizens to get involved in social action in their communities, this year focusing on community responses to the challenge of climate change.
They're looking for people who would like to learn more about how their local community can respond to climate change while learning about how communities across the globe are themselves facing up to the challenge.
You'll have the opportunity to attend five free training days during October and November, looking at being a locally and globally active citizen, something which, it's hoped, will help seed individual social action in your community.
Various established organisations including Transition Exeter and the Met Office will be guest speakers during the sessions and you'll also have the chance to network with experienced active citizens, finding out how their social action changed lives, and be able, too, to get involved in an international showcase event in January.
An introductory session will be held on October 5 from 4.30pm until 6.30pm at Exeter CVS to find out more about the training, to meet the facilitators, and to sign up to the training sessions.
To take part in this unique opportunity, register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVANCE notice so you'll have chance to explore the attic, clamber through the garage or rifle through a cupboard or two... there's going to be an antiques valuation day at the Berry Head Hotel in Brixham on October 25, in aid of the busy charity Dart Sailability.
The day will run from 11am until 3.30pm and you can bring along items to be evaluated by experts at a cost of £5 for every three. To learn more, call 01803 842121.
Dart Sailability encourages anyone with a disability to enjoy sailing. Purpose-built boats are available to enable disabled people to get afloat, and a hoist is available to safely lift wheelchair users. They welcome new members with any disability, so log on to www.dartsailability.org.uk or call if you have any questions.
AS we're regularly highlighting, volunteer and charity groups are endlessly busy in the Bay, addressing an extraordinary range and variety of concerns and helping out where they're often vitally needed, from maintaining coastal walkways to serving tea in Torbay Hospital, from providing life-enhancing support to those most in need to organising and marshalling all sorts of local events.
If you'd like to find out more about what goes on and about how you can get involved, call the CVA on 01803 212638 or email us: email@example.com