Introduction

Christmas will be different this year for many of us as we continue to battle COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, lots of good work has been carried out to help the most vulnerable in our communities. In the true spirit of Christmas let us all continue to work together, to be kind to each other and help look after our neighbours.

However you spend the festive period, Torbay Council would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please stay safe.

Could you be a COVID-19 community champion?

In December, many people want to spend time with family and friends. This year it can sometimes feel hard to feel confident you are socialising safely.

That’s where our COVID-19 community champions come in. They are a reliable source on the latest information, guidance and support.

And you can volunteer to become one too!

As a COVID-19 community champion, you’ll get regular updates on the latest information and guidance for you to share. We’ll also provide training and on-going support for you, so you can develop your existing skills and gain new ones. We’re looking for people who love to communicate, in person or online, and who are able to motivate people to make a difference.

You can find out more and sign up at www.torbay.gov.uk/covid-champions.

Christmas services

Christmas is almost here – and that usually means more waste! Don’t forget to recycle your wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and excess festive food over the next month.

There’ll be some changes to your waste and recycling collections over the festive period. If you have real a Christmas tree we will, once again, be providing shredding facilities in the New Year. Please recycle as much as possible and help protect our planet.

There’ll also be changes to other services and opening hours.

For more information visit www.torbay.gov.uk/christmas or call 01803 701310 for details on waste collections over Christmas and New Year.

Are you worried about your home?

This time of year can pile on the pressure to already stretched finances, especially after a year of uncertainly. You may have lost your job or reduced your working hours. If you are worried that you won’t be able to pay your rent or mortgage or have found yourself living with family or friends, there is help available. Whatever is happening, the sooner you ask for help the better.

Torbay Council’s website has lots of information that can support you www.torbay.gov.uk/worried-you-might-lose-your-home or call 01803 208723.