The Steering Group - the public face of the Torbay LINk
The Steering Group consists of a collection of people with a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience that can be used to guide the LINk effectively.
In addition to the key roles of public involvement, obtaining and passing on views, monitoring and reviewing services the Steering Group will provide the LINk with any associated governance and will act in accordance with the agreed Terms of Reference by being accountable to the wider LINk for its activities.
Profiles of Steering Group Members
After many years living nomadically as a service wife (followed by a career in HR training and development in both the private and public sectors) I feel very fortunate to have been able to retire to Torbay and be close to my daughters.
For most people “The Bay” is a terrific place to live, but sadly there are also areas of profound deprivation and inequality and for some residents the struggle to get the quality of services and appropriate support they need for themselves and their families is a daily battle
I became a volunteer because I wanted to be active in my community in a practical way. I believe LINK has both the will and the means to be the voice of the community. I also believe it has a crucial role to play in making sure that voice is heard during the imminent changes proposed for the provision of NHS services and the inevitable cutbacks due to reduced local authority funding.
Dr. Kevin Dixon:
I live in Torquay and have been involved in the voluntary sector for many years having worked in community development and adult education. I have a keen interested in Carers issues, social policy, equality & diversity and in tackling social exclusion. I joined the LINk because I believe it is the ideal vehicle for improving health and social care for all of the people of Torbay.
I joined the LINk as an active member because I considered it to be an organisation that is able to influence health and social care services with a view to making improvements for the residents of Torbay.