A Torbay community builder is encouraging people of all ages to get out and about and support their neighbourhood this summer, to mark International Day of Families.
Nina Cooper, who is employed by Torbay Community Development Trust through the Ageing Well Torbay programme and has been supported into her role by Sanctuary Housing, works with a variety of local projects aimed at empowering residents to create an active neighbourhood.
Nina supports projects including the Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub in Paignton, which is housed in Sanctuary’s former offices and aims to bring the community together through a range of activities, as well as various craft clubs, action groups and events.
International Day of Families
She is taking the opportunity provided by International Day of Families on 15 May – which promotes an inclusive society – to encourage all local people to make a positive effort with neighbours and take part in activities
“Creating your own family”
Nina, aged 52, said: “The ethos of International Day of Families is all about creating your own family, whether or not you’re actually related. I’m urging residents to get out and about in their community and join in with local initiatives, particularly with older people who may be isolated.
“Whether it’s coming along to a community project or simply inviting an elderly neighbour to have a cup of tea, it all counts.”
Nina’s role has evolved over the years; after starting as a community organiser hosted by Sanctuary in 2015, she now manages her own community workload after completing a range of qualifications.
“Local people never fail to amaze me”
She said: “I’m passionate about working in the community and helping them to connect with each other. Local people never fail to amaze me and I’m confident that many will take the opportunity to get involved for International Day of Families.”
“So enthusiastic about supporting the local community”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, added: “Nina is so enthusiastic about supporting the local community and it’s thanks to her that many of the projects we support have been such a success and benefited our residents.”
Ageing Well Torbay is a six year programme that helps reduce social isolation in older people and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery Funding.
If you would like to get involved in any of the projects that Nina supports, email her at email@example.com.