Torrington Community Foodbank
The Community Foodbank is now well established on Saturdays 10am-12 noon from Castle Hill based in Sydney House Car Park. Just follow the signs to the first floor where our volunteers will be there to help you on a confidential basis.
We offer emergency parcels for individuals and families who have run into financial difficulties and have been referred to us by caring agencies.
It is important to stress how confidential this service is, and with the ever-increasing cost of living the Food Bank can really make a difference.
We continue to open at the Baptist Church, New Street on Tuesdays, also between 10-12 noon.
For further information please click this link to go to Great Torrington Town Council's website, where confidential contact phone numbers may be found.
Thank you to all the very kind people who are donating tins and dried foods to help us make up parcels for emergency use. The Co-op in South Street, McColl's on New Road and the Tourist Information offices have kindly agreed to be drop-off point for us if you are able to spare any items.
Food can also be donated at St Michael's Church (between 9.30am-1pm) or the Methodist Church.
A list of items we have been asked to provide is available at the back of our Church.
If anyone would like to help as a volunteer, contact in the first instance, Colin Porter mobile number 07950 595136.
Abbeyfield Glen Tor, Torrington
Offers supported sheltered housing for older people who wish to remain independent but seek privacy, companionship, security, and support.
The Society is managed and organised by a group of volunteers whose role is to assist the management of the Houses, look after the finances, provide help to residents, but most importantly to be friends with our residents.
If you are over 55 years old and you would like to share a homely environment with other people we invite you to visit us at Abbeyfield Torrington. Abbeyfield is a National and International Charity that provides supported living for independent individuals. Each resident has their own self-contained apartment with a private shower room. The Abbeyfield House in Torrington is just a short, level walk away from the town centre.
To find out more please contact the House Manager on 01805 623605
Great Torrington Memory Café
The Memory Café is a place where people with memory problems and their families/friends can visit to support each other and share information and experiences. The Café provides a friendly, informal and relaxed atmosphere for visitors to drop by. You can enjoy a free cup of tea/coffee and some cake, meet others in similar circumstances, have the opportunity to talk with members of the healthcare team and get advice, information and support about living with memory loss. People who attend the Café are from all walks of life and of varying ages. Some people may have had a recent diagnosis of dementia, whilst others may be worried about their memory and want advice. Our café operates on a drop-in basis once or twice a month.
Opening times, information, venue and contact details are available here : https://greattorringtonmemorycafe.weebly.com
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Supporting Rural Independent Living Project (SRIL)
Gentle Exercise Classes
There is a lot of talk about exercise nowadays.
It is a fact that exercises are the best thing to keep the joints healthy, the cardiovascular system active, improve balance and strength. Furthermore, exercise has been associated with the reduction of stress, depression and anxiety, enhancing the cognitive function and overall psychological wellbeing.
Torrington 1646 Castle Hill Mondays 2.00pm
The aim of the Supporting Rural Independent Living Project is to help older people to stay in their own homes for longer, reduce hospital admissions as well overcome loneliness and isolation. Supporting Rural Independent Living is an innovative project, managed by TTVS that helps older people living in some of the most rurally isolated areas in Torridge, Devon, UK. [TTVS are the Council for Voluntary Service for the Torridge district].
Volunteer opportunities exist with these local charities.
If you are able to give a few hours of your time each week for a worthwhile cause, please make contact by using the phone numbers or websites listed in the articles.