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 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.

Islanders will get more for their Monergy!

The Island’s Footprint Trust charity will be able to help over 1,000 people reduce their energy and water bills thanks to a windfall from the People’s Postcode Lottery, The Ebico Trust, Santander Foundation and ongoing support from Garfield Weston Foundation and The Beatrice Laing Trust. Continue reading Islanders will get more for their Monergy!

Riverfest: Saturday 19th May 2018

Riverfest is back, and this year it’s a right royal Riverfest.

Join us on Newport Quay 11am to 3pm Saturday 19 May 2018
Free entry

Activities, entertainment, local food

  • Vectis Corps of Drums
  • Meet ‘Ariel’ – enchanted isle princess
  • Pirates, gunfire and explosions!
  • See historic RAF Boat HSL 102
  • Paddle on the Medina
  • Face painting
  • Bike repairs
  • Royal wedding screening
  • Royal British Legion Riders
  • Free boat rides
  • Plus much more!

Free & fun family event – you don’t need money to have fun – many Riverfest activities are free!

There is no parking, so leave your car at home and come by bus, bike, foot or boat. Follow the signs for Newport Harbour.

Riverfest is at high tide; care should be taken along the quayside – keep children, animals and dads under control! Activities and attractions are subject to change.

Please take your rubbish home with you – and recycle it.

Newport’s annual Riverfest is a Footprint Trust event and supported by IW Council • Medina Valley Centre • Community Action • Natural Enterprise

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