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Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:14

Let's Talk Torrington

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 20:43

TTVS

Starting on 13th February 2019, TTVS will be located in Great Torrington every other Wednesday morning from 9am to 1pm to provide support to voluntary and community groups with the following; 

•funding advice 

•promote volunteering  

•group development and governance 

•helping groups set up 

•help develop projects 

•advice around legal structures 

•employing staff 

•insurance 

•finances 

•the roles and responsibilities of Trustees 

TTVS will also support and register individuals looking to support the community through volunteering.  They will be based at the Great Torrington Town Council offices on the first floor at Castle Hill.

Thursday, 31 January 2019 20:32

EVER THOUGHT ABOUT BEING A COUNCILLOR?

The 2nd May 2019 is going to be a busy day in the elections calendar and the date is fast approaching! This is the time that local elections for District Councillors will be held for all 36 seats across the Torridge area. It’s the day our residents have the chance to choose who they want to represent them for the next 4 years as District Councillors sitting on Torridge District Council.

If you’ve ever considered standing for election then this could be your opportunity to put yourself forward at the ballot box? 

To discover more about the role and what is involved, we would like to invite anyone with an interest, to come along to our ‘Prospective Candidates’ evening on Wednesday 6th March at 6pm. The open evening will be at Bideford Town Hall, and there is no need to pre-register, just turn up on the night.

Briefings on the night will go into more detail about the role of being a Councillor as well as how to complete the nomination process and put your name forward. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and nomination papers will be available to take away on the night.

The Councils ‘Thinking about being a Councillor?’ guide is now available online under the elections section of the Torridge Website. 

Councillor Jane Whittaker – Leader Torridge District Council said: 

‘There are many reasons why people become Councillors,  for me it was a natural progression as a consequence of spending many years working in the Voluntary and Community sectors throughout Torridge and North Devon. While cuts in central government grants have made recent times somewhat challenging, we still have a real ‘can-do’ team spirit amongst the Councillors here at Torridge and long may that continue! We need people from all walks of life to represent their communities, so I would encourage people not to pre-judge whether they might or might not be suitable for the role. Just come along and find out about what is ultimately a great way of giving back. And then seriously consider taking part in helping to shape the future of your area.’   

So if you are just contemplating the idea, are already committed to applying or are just intrigued about the role please make a date in your diary for 6th March. Both officers and Councillors look forward to welcoming everyone on the evening.

Friday, 25 January 2019 14:24

Devon Time - Survey Request

We're really excited to be gathering information from those of you in the North Devon and Torridge areas to see if there's support for a Repair Cafe.

Repair Cafe's happen in communities, for communities and are sustained by communities.

They are meeting places where people can enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake whilst getting an item repaired.

Skilled volunteers, and people who are handy with repairing and mending are on hand to take a look at items and fix where they can.

The volunteer fixers can often show others how to mend and fix things - so there's an opportunity to learn and exchange skills.

People bring common household items in for repair such as household electrical and mechanical devices, computers, bicycles, clothing, small items of furniture etc.

Repair Cafes enable communities to have a reuse and repair, recycle and re-purpose ethos. This helps to save money and stop as many items being sent to landfill. The other benefits of course are a sense of community, helping each other out and being part of something.

Our Survey is to establish if there is enough interest, need as well as enough offers of volunteer fixers and helpers to enable the Repair Cafe(s) to start up and sustain in the North Devon and Torridge area.

The survey will help us to identify how we can support the local communities in achieving this and also ensure evidence of need is available to prospective funding sources and collaborators.

We've been talking with TTVS (Torridge Volunteer Services), NDVS North Devon Voluntary Services - NDVS and Recycle Devon as well as Devon Libraries about how we can all work together to support this opportunity.

Please do complete our survey, share it among your contacts, groups and communities - spread the word.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8XGRWPY

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 20:25

Town Council voluntary Role Holder vacancies

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:03

Responsibility for Bus Shelters and Benches

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