Phab Torquay



Welcome to Phab Club Torquay

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PhabTorquay runs on Monday nights between 7 - 9pm at Barton Baptist Church and is organised by Mark Thorneywork.

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Please feel free to contact Mark on 07964 710894 to ask about joining the club.

 See our NEW Message Board >> HERE

PHAB Staff Training Opportunities Board >> HERE 

Club nights are subject to change to fit in trips and additional activities.
Last Monday in month is late night for 18 years and over - 9pm - 10pm at the pub!  

Meal raised around £300 -  fantastic effort by all the young people. Well done.

Lastly if you want to support our leaders sponsored parachute jump click on the red button on the TOP LEFT of our website to do so or drop sponsorship in on our return 11th Sept.


Myself - June - Kerry- Lilly - Alan our Chair and Suzanne his wife will be looking to throw ourselves out of a plane (Not at all sure why i agreed to this!) ?
We need to wear Trainers and lose fitting cloths - Arrive at 11am and than we have a 3 hour window to find good weather to jump out of a plane at 7000 feet.  
Some of us are hoping to go and get some food afterwards also hope all of you can join us?

If anyone needs a lift Alan has a few spaces in his car and is going from Torquay at 10am.


Thank you to all who already have given on the website and sponsership forms already - Thank you. 

Hope all have had a good summer,




Welcome Back after Summer Break Monday September 11th

Interesting Info from Torbay Hospital

The new Hospital Main Entrance on Level 4 is due to open later this week. It has accessible toilets plus a Changing Places Toilet. A spare RADAR key for this is available at reception if Carers forget theirs, but if they require a sling for the hoist, they need to bring their own (As slings are individually assessed, spares will not be available)

There will be a Carers and Disability Advice Point  to the rear right of reception which will initially be staffed 9-5 Monday to Friday, so feel free to ask any questions!

A massive Thank You goes out from Everyone at Phab Torquay to all those at Furroughs Cross Pre School who donated a cheque to us. They did a lot of waddling to raise it I believe! Thank you to Jan (Carls mum) for suggesting us. 

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Check out this awesome picture by Oakley 
Do you recognise Mark in the middle and I am guessing the one with the ball in his face is Charlie!! 

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Well Done to the following who passed their First Aid Level 2 qualification:

  • Richard Doble 
  • Kiley Grigg 
  • Mathew Carpenter 
  • Rebecca Morgan-Vale 
  • Steven Scott 
  • Adam Barnes 
  • Mark Thorneywork 
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Parkfield Radio Broadcast Available HERE

Radio Broadcast is now available - tune in at the link below - 
Well Done to our Sainsburys Hero 
Matt Carpenter 
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Phab announce New President

Message from John Corless OBE, Chairman of Phab

I am delighted to announce that Anita Dobson has been appointed to succeed the late Ed Stewart as President of Phab.

Following her appointment Anita said “I am very proud and delighted to become President of Phab and look forward to the future with great hope and optimism.”

I know Anita will support Phab with great passion and bring her very special empathy to the role. We look forward to working with her as we approach our Diamond Jubilee year in 2017.


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Waitrose made the Phab Club one of their chosen charities for the month of October. As a result they were able to raise £242 for us, so a HUGE thank you to everyone concerned.

We hope you are enjoying Learning Disability Week. We have another reason to celebrate this week because it marks 50 years of The Gateway Federation. 
Gateway Clubs up and down the country support over 20,000 people with a learning disability to access leisure activities and make friends every week.50 years ago these clubs were often hidden from the local community - some were even run in hospitals. For many people they were the only activity open to them. Today these clubs still offer vital opportunities for people with a learning disability but they are visible, member led and provide a variety of activities for people to socialise and make great friendships. 
To celebrate this fantastic journey, Gateway Clubs are hosting jubilee parties all of this week. And to thank them for their great work we’re joining in the party with this  fun video! 
Please share the video with your family and friends using #LDWeek16 and #gatewayjubilee 
Thanks for making it count! 
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Mencap who have given us a massive funding cheque of several thousand pounds which will enable the club to go forward to give our members some memorable experiences for some time to come. 

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All nights we have arts and craft - sport - computer games – quiet room - Various activities to be added -

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Here are the results of the girls cooking night - Yummy!

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Junes Cream Tea 2013

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 Phab Club Torquay members would like to say a HUGE Thank you to Dave at the Woks Cook-In Chinese Takeaway in Barton who have very kindly donated £100 to the club. Thank you so much. 
A Large Thank You to the Staff and Customers of Sainsburys Torquay. We recently did a Bag Pack exercise and we made a whopping £450 to go towards Phab Club funds - Awesome! 

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The young people also have their own committee which is chaired by Steven ably assisited by Matt and Paul. Together they do a fantastic job of helping the club and the committee to keep the club moving forward. 



About Phab 

Phab’s aim is to promote and encourage people of all abilities to come together on equal terms, to achieve complete inclusion within the wider community. We cater for kids, teens and young adults between the ages of 8 and 25 years old.

Phab celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2007, having been established in 1957.

The National Phab Website is at



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