Thanks goes to Co-op

Huge thanks goes to The Co-op and it’s members for supporting us through the Co-op Community Fund!

We recently were kindly invited to receive a donation following a period where The Footprint Trust was the beneficiary of a percentage of spend for members who have selected our charity. The contribution will be put to very good use on projects including our hugely successful free Riverfest event held this year on Newport Quay – this year on the 18th May.  #TheCoopWay #Riverfest

Families get a Real Meal Deal!

Island parents can sign up for free family cooking courses. The fun course is all about prepping cheap, tasty meals and no cooking experience is needed.  Isle of Wight charity The Footprint Trust are running the course, lead by Laura Stichbury, a mum who works for the Trust and wishes to share her practical skills with other parents and carers.

 Attendees can save money each week by learning to cook healthy basics such as spaghetti bolognaise and stew. The course will give people the skills to cook healthy, budget meals for life.

“We’re really excited to offer this course to Island families. If you’re tired of just feeding the kids chicken nuggets, why not join in – get in touch by email info@footprint-trust.co.uk or call 01983 822282”

says Laura Stichbury from The Footprint Trust.

Real Meal Deal is a 6 week course, generously funded by Wightaid and IW Council’s Adult Community Learning.

Island homes – save money on heating!

Paying too much for your heating? Islanders can come along to a Big Energy Saving Week event to hear how to save on heating bills.

Isle of Wight charity The Footprint Trust are holding Big Energy Saving Week from 22nd – 26th January. Footprint Trust’s energy team help people lower bills through reaching better deals, accessing grants and make small changes to keep healthy and warm over winter. On average the Footprint Trust saves householders around £200 per year on their utility bills. In the last 3 months nearly £40,000 has been saved!

Supported by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, The Trust are holding a week of training, guidance talks to struggling families in children’s centres and public events in Freshwater and Newport.

Members of the public can come and chat with the Footprint Trust at Our Place, West Wight Sports & Community Centre, Freshwater on Tuesday 22nd January at 10am-12pm or Foodbank Cafe at Church on the Roundabout, Newport on Friday 25th at 10am-12pm.

“Big Energy Saving Week gives Island residents an opportunity to cut their household heating bills. We also offer free home visits, which saves the average home £200. Give our team a ring on 822282 to book or email info@footprint-trust.co.uk for further details on our events.”

Says Laura Stichbury from The Footprint Trust.

Acorn Steps … Down to the Coast

Summer 2018: Footprint Trust staff helped parents, children, staff and volunteers from HomeStart-IW to identify and map six easy walks.

Funded through the Down to the Coast project, these walks are short and flat, and accessible for anyone with mobility restrictions – from having to push a buggy, to walking aids or wheelchairs. They will take you through countryside located surprisingly close to Ryde, Newport, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin. Download them here.

“We will definitely come back; these are memories my son will cherish. I will also go up there myself when I want some me time” 

Another gong for charity energy champions

The Isle of Wight’s Footprint Trust is celebrating having been given the “Celebrating Inclusivity Award” by the charity National Energy Action (NEA).

Two members of staff were given bursaries as a result of this achievement, and were able to attend the NEA’s national conference, which this year was entitled, “The Many Faces of Fuel Poverty.”

Ray Harrington-Vail, the founder of the Footprint Trust, and Laura Stichbury, a senior manager from the charity travelled to Nottingham to attend the conference and network with others who do similar work to themselves. They were also able to talk with potential funders, and learn a great deal from the presentations, all of which will help further the work of the charity back on the Island.

The Inclusivity Award was in recognition of the charity’s ‘Monergy’ training scheme, which gives people skills to understand energy bills and cost of running appliances. Nearly 1,000 Islanders have benefited from the free training, which started as a pilot scheme and has now grown into a main part of their work. Following on from the Monergy training, Trust energy experts visit people in their homes and further cut their costs. In the last year the charity has saved people over £100,000. At the home visit, Trust staff will even call the customers energy company for them and sort out any issues, if the householder is unable to do it. They can also get free insulation for homes, saving around £200 per year on utility bills. To get help from The Footprint Trust please email info@footprint-trust.co.uk or ring (01983) 822282

In recent years the Footprint Trust has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and Ray was made an Honorary Master of the Open University, for his work in community education.  Mark Russell who also works at the Trust and Ray are both Energy Champions for  Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Thanks to recent funding and support from the People’s Postcode Lottery, The Ebico Trust, The Santander Foundation and E.On, this project will be able to assist around 1,000 people over the next year.