Island charities offer help as cold weather approaches…

As the bitter cold weather approaches Island organisations that offer, advice, guidance and information are putting on a Cash Low? Cash Flow! event at Newport’s Riverside Centre on Friday 5th December.

Those attending include the CAB, AgeUK (IW) and The Footprint Trust, who organise this popular annual event. They are part of the Islehelp partnership, formed to bring together the many charitable agencies that offer advice and information. This free event has been made possible thanks to funding from the My Life A Full Life grant programme, who will also be in attendance to promote the other dynamic projects that they have funded.

Recently figures were released showing an increase in child poverty on the Island, currently standing at just over 20%, this goes hand-in-in hand with fuel poverty believed to between 16% to 25%.

Speaking recently on Isle of Wight Radio the Footprint Trust’s General Manger and National Heat Hero, called on government to deal with the whole issue of modern day slums, often in the hands of rouge absentee landlords. He identified that many working people are on very low income, and living in sub-standard hard-to-heat properties, particularly in Ryde St Johns area, but also other areas of the Island. This also affects those of pensionable age.

Following on from that interview Ray went on to say,
“The Footprint Trust cannot solve the issue of rubbish housing, but we and other agencies, can make sure that householders are getting other help and support. Those coming to our events, can find out about grant-funded boilers and insulation for those in private property, details of Pension Credit and other allowances that can give extra income. The Trust has details of discounts on water and energy bills for those on low income, and offers free tailored home visits, which generally save householders around £200 per year.”

For those facing financial difficulties it can be a worrying and lonely time, our local CAB money advice can provide extensive advice on how they can help you to help yourself. AgeUK (IW) will have information available on the many services they offer for the over 50s, including guidance on benefits and independent living. Southern Housing Group and Healthwatch will also be at the event. Expert guidance will also be available on Solar energy, which has fallen in price dramatically in the last few years, with systems costing as little as £4,000.

The Cash Low? Cash Flow! event will be at the Riverside Centre, Newport Quay, PO30 2QR on Friday 5th December from 11am to 3pm – free cake and drinks will be available, along with free parking. The Centre has disabled access. Those not able to come along can contact the Trust on 822282, and gain help and guidance. Details can also be found on their website


The My Life, a Full Life programme is a new way of delivering health and social care services on the Island to improve the lives of people needing care and support and help them in their own efforts to remain healthy and well. It is led by the Clinical Commissioning Group, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, The Isle of Wight Council and a wide range of voluntary and community organisations that provide help and care on the Island. Funding from the programme has been awarded to support the Warmer Wight-plus project, which will work in partnership with local agencies to deliver improved support to people on the Island. For more information on the My Life, a Full Life programme visit

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.
SHG Partnership Working Award 2014