Staying Put is an Ageing Well Torbay funded project that helps reduce social isolation in older people by supporting people over 50 to stay independent in their homes, by offering support around all the areas that may make that difficult to do. Ageing Well Torbay is a 6 year programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund using National Lottery Funding.

As part of Staying Put, Yes! Brixham will be delivering an affordable Handy Person Service.

A major obstacle to Staying Put in your own home as you get older is the type of job that was once no trouble, but becomes all too difficult – like changing lightbulbs, putting up curtains or fixing that shelf.

Now you can get help with that job  by contacting the Staying Put Helpline 01803 446022, calling Yes directly on 01803 851 414 or emailing


Handy Person Volunteer


Yes! Brixham are looking for volunteers to help us deliver the Handy Person arm of the Staying Put project, which aims to support people over 50 stay in their homes for longer, by helping them to maintain their homes and carry out small DIY tasks which they otherwise might not be able to do. We are looking for friendly, trustworthy volunteers to go into people’s homes to carry out small Handy person tasks, such as changing a light bulb, putting up a shelf, or doing a bit of gardening. Training will be provided.


We are looking for volunteers who are

  • Friendly and trustworthy,

  • Good at DIY

  • Respectful of people’s homes

  • Able to work in teams

  • Have an understanding of Health and Safety

  • Are able to commit to volunteer on an agreed day and time

  • Willing to undertake training & a DBS check


Time Commitment:


We are looking for volunteers who are available during weekdays to join a volunteer bank that can be called on when their skills are needed. This is a very flexible role and you can volunteer as much or as little as you like, we ask that you let us knows what days you are available on and we will let you know in advance what jobs are booked. Jobs will be arranged on an irregular basis Monday to Friday, and will last no more than two hours. Volunteers will only ever work in pairs.

Volunteers will be supported by the Staying Put Project Officer.



To volunteer to be a Staying Put Handy Man volunteer please call Andy 01803 851 414 or email

Staying Put is a partnership of 6 organisations, read on to find out how they are supporting the community through Staying Put 

seAp: Sometimes we all feel let down and are at a loss to know where to turn, and that is where seAp (Support, Empower, Advocacy, Promote) will come in to share the burden helping you resolve your issues or concerns and help you have a say in the way you, or someone you love, are cared for.

Healthwatch Torbay will be on hand to help with issues around health and care services ensuring that everyone who wants it has access to the services they need when they need it.#

Ellacombe Community Cafe: It might be that as a result of the death of a loved one, that someone is struggling to prepare meals as they have never done it before, but Ellacombe Community Café will be on hand to give cookery lessons help with online shopping and prepare recipes.

Age UK: Will be supporting Staying Put Volunteers through offering them training around how best to support others.

Torbay Community Development Trust:  Ageing Well Torbay and Torbay Community Development Trust will be on hand to answer all your queries, and point you in the right direction as well as providing help around the house though a buddying up system.

Ageing Well Torbay

  • Ageing Well Torbay is 6 year programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding that works across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. The programme commenced activity in 2015.

  • Ageing Well Torbay aims to work closely with older people to identify, design and implement a wide range of innovative solutions to address loneliness and isolation across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.

  • Ageing Well Torbay is a partnership led by Torbay Community Development Trust (Registered Charity Number 1140896). It has been awarded £6m as part of the National Lottery Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better fund, which has given a total of £82m to 14 areas throughout England in order to improve the lives of up to 200,000 older people.

  • The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.

  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

  • Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

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Youth Enquiry Service Brixham Limited is a registered Charity ▪ Charity Registration No. 1072028

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