Successful Fundraising

At last week’s Committee Meeting we confirmed that over £1000 was raised from our two recent events, namely the Concert at St Paul’s Church in Paignton and the TOADS Theatre performances in Torquay.

Big THANK YOU to all of those who took part and supported these worthwhile occasions.

All monies raised will go towards the Spa Pool at Hollacombe, which, we are delighted to inform you, is making excellent progress.

We are looking for volunteers

Torbay Mencap has played a valuable role in our community, supporting local people with learning difficulties and disabilities for nearly 70 years.

As we know, while Torbay is a beautiful place to live and has much to be proud of, it has its own particular challenges. If you have loved ones or work with individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities you will know that some of the things many take for granted can be hard. For example: respite, recreational activities, socialising and making new friends. Without the resources of a City or County Council, funds are very limited locally and reducing year on year. We cannot rely on government or council grants to make these things happen.

Here at Torbay Mencap we value these opportunities and are always looking at ways to improve the lives of those we love and care for. With this in mind, we would like you to think about joining our committee and helping us raise money for good causes. We have a mix of Committee members, some are retired and others are professionals in full time employment with young family commitments. Some can volunteer more time than others; this is fine. The committee is also a great support network for parents and carers who face their own challenges and stresses; we can listen, share experiences and advise.

Anyone interested is welcome to come along and find out more about what we do. In particular we are interested to hear from parents or carers who have loved ones with Special Educational Needs. If you have experience of accounting, raising money, bid writing, working for a charity or are just motivated to help people – we would like to hear from you.

If you would like to talk to someone about the role and volunteering please email me, Alex Howarth, in the first instance, via enquiries@torbaymencap.co.uk

“Such a wonderful evening”

Following another successful fundraising event, attended by 125 people, over £900 was raised for our appeal towards the spa therapy pool at Hollacombe.

During the evening, we were entertained by the dulcet sounds of Riviera Concert Brass, and the wondrous voice of Theresa Moorin.

For their efforts in helping us to organise and run this event, the Torbay Mencap Committee would like to thank the following:

Revd John Pout of St Paul’s Church in Preston

Mike Griffiths and all members of Riviera Concert Brass

Theresa Moorin

All those involved from the Hollacombe Community Resource Centre

All of our supporters and friends who attended to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.