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Sanctuary Housing - Torbay

Sanctuary Housing manages more than 3,000 homes in the English Riviera towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.

We have a wide range of homes available to rent or buy and are committed to providing quality homes and excellent services that meet the needs of the local community.

Raleigh Close in Torbay

General rented housing provides affordable homes for people on low incomes. Our rented properties are available at lower rents than the open market.

How to apply

We work with local authorities to move residents into our homes. We use the Choice Based Letting (CBL) scheme Devon Home Choice in the Torbay area.

If you would like to apply to live in one of our homes, you will need to apply by register with Devon Home Choice, by filling in their online application form. You can search, apply and bid for a property on their website www.devonhomechoice.com

Sanctuary provides high quality schemes which benefit from a scheme manager service, allowing residents to live comfortably, securely and independently.

Residents have their own self-contained accommodation; services include a dedicated scheme manager responsible for the management of the building and communal areas, 24 hour in-house telecare service and a separate 24 hour phone line to report any repairs or raise enquiries.

How to apply:

We work with Devon Home Choice to provide homes through their Choice Based Letting (CBL) schemes. If you would like to apply to live in one of our homes, register with Devon Home Choice on their website.

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Residents from across Torbay can get energised for the future through our new local sport and fitness programme. 

Find out more about What's Your Game? here.

Sanctuary in neighbourhoods


Our approach to investing in Watcombe is about involving everyone with a positive interest in the neighbourhood: whether they rent from us or own their own home; whether they go to school in Watcombe, or run a business.

The newly refurbished Watcombe Community Centre in Torbay.

Watcombe Community Centre has come a long way in the last two years. A refurbishment programme has seen new toilets and kitchen equipment installed and the centre now has a vibrant programme of activities.

How we’ve helped

  • Contributed £1,500 to help refurbish the toilets.
  • Donated a £1,000 grant for new kitchen equipment.
  • A staff member to provide on-going advice and support with fundraising and developing new activities.


  • Improved community facility and a new programme of activities, including fortnightly lunch club, bingo and weekly dance classes for the over 50s.
  • Increased income to the centre from hire of the hall as a result of the improved facilities.
  • Two new volunteers each contributing 144 hours of their time per year.

Rosemary had formerly managed a nursing home and, when she retired, was looking for something useful to do in the community. When the opportunity came to join the Cook4Life course, Rosemary became actively involved and has since gone on to become the driving force behind the lunch club at her housing scheme, Prince Charles Court.

How we’ve helped

  • 40 hours’ staff time to arrange the Cook4Life course for residents.
  • Funded the £1,000 cost of training for eight participants to complete the course.


  • Around 450 meals provided each year with the scheme’s residents benefiting from home cooked meals and social interaction.
  • Key event celebrations marked and well attended by the residents leading to new friendships.
  • Residents participating in healthier lifestyles.

The Riviera Growing Communities project was born when Sanctuary teamed up with national charity The Conservation Volunteers. The project has seen raised beds, fruit trees, compost bins and water bins installed at eight older people’s housing schemes and residents benefiting from help and advice from a horticulture officer.

How we’ve helped

  • Sanctuary contributed £26,000 of funding towards the project.
  • Staff spent 168 hours carrying out the initial consultation, engaging residents in the project and working with them to make sure it was a success.


  • More than 70 residents involved in learning new gardening skills and growing fruit and vegetables.
  • Reduced social isolation due to the community aspect of project.
  • National roll-out of project in Sanctuary schemes across the country.


Our approach to investing in Hele is about involving everyone with a positive interest in the neighbourhood: whether they rent from us or own their own home; whether they go to school in Hele, or run a business.

Hele’s Angels community hub provides support, advice and encourages community action. Launched in 2010, the project has a wide range of aims, from improving residents’ work prospects and facilities for young people, to looking at how to reduce antisocial behaviour.

How we’ve helped

  • Provided £18,000 of funding to help run surgeries and pay staff salaries.
  • Provided £4,000 of funding for local weekly work club, I Can Do That.
  • Provided funding for two Future Jobs Fund positions, targeted at 16 to 19-year-olds, and two apprentices.


  • Daily surgeries about care, housing, finance and employment available to residents.
  • New services now run from the centre, including Plough and Share Credit Union, to meet the need of local residents.
  • Four local young people have gained employment with Hele’s Angels through apprenticeships and Future Jobs Fund positions.

Ann Whitehouse has been a Hele resident for more than 20 years. She takes part in fundraising walks for local community centres and Hele’s Angels. She is a popular member of the community and her positivity and volunteering at the community shop is inspiring more residents to get involved in their neighbourhood.

How we’ve helped

  • Support from Hele’s Angels to help Ann to form her fundraising ideas.
  • Promotion of Ann’s fundraising events.
  • Training from Hele’s Angels to help Ann develop her retail skills.


  • Ann’s volunteering and fundraising activities have inspired other residents to do the same.
  • The community shop has gone from strength to strength with Ann’s help and has seen an increase in volunteers.

The community shop was previously an empty retail unit which needed renovation. Since it opened, the community shop has created job opportunities and benefits the whole community. The shop provides residents with important items such as clothes, books and children’s items at affordable prices.

How we’ve helped

  • Made a £7,500 donation for the redevelopment of the shop.
  • Donated garage space to enable stock to be stored.


  • Volunteers give 60 hours of their time each week to make sure the shop provides a valuable resource for the community.
  • The shop has made more than £10,000 which has helped Hele’s Angels to become self-sustainable.


Our approach to investing in Blatchcombe is about involving everyone with a positive interest in the neighbourhood: whether they rent from us or own their own home; whether they go to school in Blatchcombe, or run a business.

The Great Parks ROC Café, which provides an exciting after-school programme, is now able to run community activities on a day-to-day basis, thanks to funding from Sanctuary’s Community Investment fund.

How we’ve helped

  • Contributed £9,540 to help run community activities on a day-to-day basis.
  • Provided 156 hours of Sanctuary staff time over 3 years.
  • £720 worth of free room hire at Great Parks Community Centre for workshops and meetings. 


  • Reported reduced social isolation of families and improvements to their well-being, through peer support and signposting to appropriate organisations.
  • More residents using Great Parks Community Centre, making new friends and contributing to its success for the future.
  • Increased volunteering opportunities and access to training.

At Great Parks Homework Club, young people are encouraged to participate in creative learning projects, focusing on literacy and numeracy, supported by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Budget.

How we’ve helped

  • £2,850 Sanctuary Community Investment funding to provide homework club at Great Parks Community Centre once a week.
  • 10 hours of Sanctuary staff time to broker arrangements and relationships between delivery partner and the local community.


  • Young people are now raising funds for Great Parks Community Centre, using new skills to make and sell craft products.
  • Feedback from young people illustrates a clear understanding of the importance of sharing, taking turns and respecting the values of others.

Torbay News

Stock photo of collection of pound coins.

Money management projects set to save residents thousands

22 July 2020

Residents across Torbay are set to save tens of thousands of pounds thanks to a duo of projects supported by Sanctuary Housing.

Support in Torbay for young people

It’s a yes for youth support across the Bay

30 June 2020

Support for young people across Torbay has been secured through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond thanks to an innovative partnership.


Advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The health and safety of our residents, their families and our staff is our number one priority.

We are continually monitoring how we provide services to our customers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the resumption of routine repairs. More information about our services can be found on our Covid-19 page and on our social media channels. Please see our latest health and safety guidance.

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