Established following discussions with more than 100 voluntary sector representatives, The Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) was formed with the intention of making Torbay a place where all people feel included.  The Trust empowers communities, building on strengths and skills through Asset-Based Community Development.

 

Now known as Torbay Communities, our overall aim is to create stronger and more resilient communities across the Bay, actively encouraging local involvement and decision-making in improving the region, as well as developing and supporting volunteering opportunities of the highest standards.

background

The Torbay Community Development Trust launched in 2014. The need for a community development trust was first realised during a Force for Change event held at Parkfield Paignton in November 2012.

 

The event was organised by CVA Torbay, the Torbay Community Partnerships and Torbay Council and was attended by over 100 voluntary groups who gathered to look at ways to respond to and manage funding cuts.

 

In April 2013 the existing VCS infrastructure organisation, known as CVA (Community and Voluntary Action) Torbay ceased trading, in the same month it was agreed that community development activities would transfer out of the council.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead.

Margaret Mead

the TCDT journey…

Nov 2012

Force for Change - The Force for Change event took place in mid-November 2012 at Parkfield in Paignton, jointly organised by CVA Torbay, Torbay's Community Partnerships and Torbay Council, attended by more than 100 voluntary groups to look at ways to respond to and manage funding cuts. The idea of a community development trust for Torbay was born.

April 2013

The existing VCS infrastructure organisation, known as CVA (community & voluntary action) Torbay ceases trading.
Agreed community development activities would transfer out of the council.

May 2013

Torbay Council ring fences £170,000 funding per year for three years to support the development of the TCDT business plan via a service level agreement. Interim Trustee Board appointed to oversee the setting up of the TCDT.

July 2014

TCDT launches

Sept 2014

Indication Torbay would receive funding for AgeingWell from the National Lottery.
However official confirmation and funding would not be fully received by the Trust until April 2015.

July 2015

TCDT named as Big Assist Beacon.

TCDT was recognised for being on a journey of change, adapting and developing new approaches and work, new income and business models as well as new relationships and partnerships.

October 2015

Ageing Well Torbay launches with a festival of celebration

2016

Co-production & co-delivery.
The Development Trust intends to increase available support to Torbay, working in co-production with other organisations and developing a strong membership offer to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

June 2023

The Torbay Community Development Trust rebrands, becoming Torbay Communities using the strapline Stronger together