Cold snap hits but charity is there to help

Just as cold snap hits, the Island’s fuel poverty charity, The Footprint Trust, is to cut bills for Island households. The Footprint Trust will be holding events across the island to give people face to face energy guidance to help reduce energy use and bills. Elderly people and those with long term health issues are adversely affected by the rising cost of electricity and gas. Staying warm and well at home can be a struggle for people who are less mobile and on a low income. The Trust helps people to maximise their heating, manage their tariffs and billing and access further financial help and support.

The recent Big Energy Saving Week saw the Footprint Trust charity help 50 people cut their utility bills.

“We’re so grateful to our funders for their generous donations to our work. I have realised that consistency is really important to helping people and I’m delighted that our work can continue. Last year we saved island homes over £100,000.”

“Our team of trained home energy specialists can cast a fresh pair of eyes over people’s home energy use and they’re full of useful insights. If you would like to save your household £100’s, give us a call on 822282 or get details of our events by emailing”  –

Laura Stichbury, Assistant Manager of The Footprint Trust.

Thanks to funding from a range of organisations the Trust to provide impartial home energy guidance free of charge to Islanders. Grants received are from the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, Garfield Weston, Henry Smith, The Greenhall Foundation and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Staff from The Footprint Trust will be attending a number of events to reach local people, and help them cut their energy and water costs. The next event will be at the Foodbank at Newport’s popular Church on the Roundabout on the first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 12 noon, the team is also at Aspire Community Hub, Ryde and the One Stop Shop at Downside Community Centre, Newport. They will be hand to look at utility bills and give guidance on how to get a better deal along with energy saving tips, and access to grants and other support.