IMPORTANT Change in BDC Services & Hours

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19), we have taken the decision to stop all group activity. Our café, shop and offices in the Town Hall are closed. Our Day Centre is continuing to provide a service for a very small number of people until the end of this week, and then will also be closed.

As a group of staff, we are very much still open though. Whether you need advice or support or just a chat, we will be operating our long-standing befriending service, albeit over the phone. We will strive to combat isolation and loneliness during this time, by simply being here for you.

We will help wherever we can in Brixham with delivering the items that you cannot get out for to your doorstep, so long as the shops still stock it!  We have contacted shops, including the smaller, convenience stores to establish a link so we can support you at home. Pharmacies and GP surgeries have also been contacted, as they will struggle to continue with their deliveries due to self-isolation of their own staff, and this is something we can do to help you.

We are contracted by Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust to deliver services, so you can trust us with these tasks. And know that we will deal with things in a strictly confidential way.

You can contact BDC on our usual number 01803 857727.

You can also contact Torbay Community Development Trust on 01803 446022 who will be operating a 24-hour phone line for the whole of Torbay.

Please remember your neighbours too – they may not be known to us. Stay safe!

Love was in the air at BDC

BRIXHAM DOES CARE CAFÉ was the venue  for Martyn & Josephine’s St Valentine Song & Dance Party and everybody who attended enjoyed a cuppa and a piece of cake, while singing along to songs ranging from The Everly Brothers to The Wurzels.   The BDC Office had no more tickets to issue and, at one point, the kitchen ran out of cups to meet the demand from yet another packed audience.   The café tables were romantically decorated with roses and those who felt like a dance found enough space to jive, waltz and twist the afternoon way.   Some lovely raffle prizes were donated and £240 was raised for the befriending charity’s coffers.   Thanks to all concerned.      

Regular attendees should note the next date for their diaries – Monday 11th May 2020 – Martyn & Josephine’s Marvellous May V.E. Day Song & Dance Party. 1.45pm-3.45pm.   Doors open 1.15pm.

Town Hall Regeneration

Brixham Town Hall Regeneration: Your Town Hall, Your Say 15th January 2020 – 23rd March 2020 Brixham Town Council is offering the local community the chance to have its say on the regeneration of Brixham Town Hall through its “Your Town Hall, Your Say” consultation process. There are two important surveys as detailed below:

To have your say re Town Hall Regeneration , please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BrixhamTownHall to fill in an online survey. Paper copies of the survey will be available for collection from Brixham Town Council office on New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA from 28th January 2020.

New homes plan In addition to the plans for the Town Hall itself, Brixham Town Council has secured a £33,000 grant from Homes England in order to carry out a feasibility study into the possible supply of affordable accommodation in the Old Police House area at the rear of the building. A community survey designed to assess the need for those new properties is also available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PKSVGRK , which members of the public are encouraged to participate in.