Energy Action! from The Footprint Trust

The local Footprint Trust charity recently received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service due to its pioneering work in helping Islanders. Last winter the charity helped dozens of local people by getting their homes insulated or providing energy efficient heating systems. The trust is now to build on this work thanks funding provided through the My Life a Full Life programme, supported by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Spectrum Housing, Southern Housing, Comic Relief and The Beatrice Laing Trust.

The Trust’s new project is entitled WarmerWight-plus.

The Trust has identified a wide range of people that it wishes to assist these include; parents with young children, those seeking to live independently having left care, people who are struggling financially due to bereavement or loss, people who have issues with numeracy and literacy, those who are on low income and older people.

The Trust’s staff and volunteers will be found this winter in places where people go, including outside major supermarkets, in social clubs and they will be found in local pubs!

The project will be launched at a public Energy Action! event on Friday 6th December at Newport’s Riverside Centre at 11am. Information on how to get help and assistance on energy and other issues will be available. For more details please call or text the Footprint Trust on (01983) 822282 or email

Carole Walker the charity’s chairman said,
“Thanks to this funding we are able to offer a greater service to those in greatest need. We will not just give guidance on saving energy and access to grants for insulation and new heating systems. The reason we are calling the project WarmerWight-plus is that we will be referring people to other agencies to gain assistance on other issues. We are founder members of the IsleHelp Partnership, which consists of the main advisory groups on the Isle of Wight. All of which are committed to working closer together to enable a better service for all our clients.”

The Trust is recognised locally and nationally as being able to reach those who often go unnoticed and therefore not helped or assisted.

Ray Harrington-Vail of the Trust added,

“We will help people to support and care for themselves and get people back on their feet quickly by giving them information, guidance and support in their own homes. We will be out and about around the Island meeting people….we would welcome an invite to a local club or pub – so we can have informal chats and then arrange a free home visit.”

The WarmerWight-plus project will assist people by the giving the following information;

* How to use energy and water wisely and get the best deal
* To give people skills to understand their energy bills
* Details of ECO and other grants
* To signpost to a network of support services
* To offer training and volunteering opportunities


The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust in conjunction with the Voluntary and private Sector are embarking on a new initiative that creates a fundamental change in the way people experience living healthy and well on the Island, called My Life a Full Life.

The Vision for this programme is for public sector bodies to work together with local people, the voluntary sector and private organisations. Embracing innovation and change and building on what is already beginning to be emerge, the programme introduces the concept of individualised, co-ordinated care and support for people, carers and families.

The WarmerWight-plus project is funded through the My Life a Full Life programme supported by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Spectrum Housing, Southern Housing, Comic Relief and The Beatrice Laing Trust.

Contacts; Ray Harrington-Vail The Footprint Trust charity 01983 822282.

The Footprint Trust is a local charity founded in 2002 on the Isle of Wight. It assists over 1,000 people a year through its work in energy conservation. The charity also involves people in a whole range of projects that enhance the environment.

Community Action Awards 2012 – Environmental category.
National Heat Hero Award 2012.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013.