Winter is Coming and Island charities show how they can help…

The Island’s popular Riverside Centre opened its doors for its first public event for nearly two years. Some 150 local people came along to the recent Winter is Coming event which brought together a dozen local charity organisations to showcase the support they give to the Isle of Wight community.

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“Winter is Coming – and we are here to help…” message from Island charities

More than a dozen local organisations are coming together to offer assistance to help Islanders combat the effects of the cold, increased energy prices, rising inflation, upping of National Insurance, cuts to benefits, job losses and poorly insulated homes.

The Winter Is Coming event will take place at the popular Riverside Centre on Newport Quay on Thursday 14th October 2021 from, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Those attending are asked to follow Covid guidance on hygiene and to wear face coverings.

 In the afternoon from 2pm to 4pm the event will go online,  details here

The event is organised by the local Footprint Trust and Citizens Advice IW with their Islehelp partners, who will be in attendance. Other organisations attending include; AgeUK IW, People Matter – Team Around the Person, IW NHS Trust, Southern Water, Foodbank, Adult Community Learning.

Toni from Team Around the Person said; ‘It will be a great opportunity to see people face to face and let them know about how we can help in the coming months…’

Those attending the free event will be able to get guidance and information on benefits and money, grants, allowances, support for mental health along with cutting energy and water bills.

The organisers are particularly pleased that the local NHS Technology Enabled Care team will be on hand to explain and show the various assistive technology devices available for remote home monitoring.

The event has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from the Utilita Energy who have shown a commitment to the Island by opening a Hub in Newport High Street.

The local Footprint Trust charity will be on hand to give tailored guidance on energy matters following the massive price rises and collapse on many utility companies. Anyone needing immediate assistance with their utility costs should contact the Trust on 822282. Those with concerns over money matters or benefits and allowances should contact Islehelp on 08001 448848.

Speaking for The Footprint Trust, Ray Harrington-Vail said;

“Many people of the Island were already struggling to make ends meet, making choices between eating or heating in the wake of the energy price rises. This last twelve months was our busiest ever, due to Covid and the associated economic downturn. We assisted nearly 2000 people in various ways, helping them to cut their utility bills…”

The work of The Footprint Trust supported by Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, the National Lottery Reaching Community fund and SSE Networks.

‘Winter is Coming’ event helps hundreds

Hundreds of people came to the successful ‘Winter Is Coming’ event on Thursday 10th October at Newport’s popular Riverside Centre. A cross section of local and national organisations were on hand to give guidance and help on a wide range of matters.  The Footprint Trust assisted householders with high energy bills, Citizens Advice were there giving guidance on money matters and financial help.  The overriding message was that Islanders to be prepared for winter. In attendance were also; Veterans Outreach, Southern Gas Networks and Southern Water, Utilita, SSAFA and the Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards.

The Footprint Trust were giving guidance on energy saving, discounts and grants from utility companies, along with information on Switching and gaining the best deal from utility suppliers. They were highlighting the need to prepared for extreme weather and will be encouraging those attending to sign up to the Priority Service Registers of SSE Networks and the utility companies. Southern Water were publicising their Priority Service Register and the Watersure tariff, to assist those on low income or have disability issues.

SGN were informing people about their free locking cooker valve, which helps keep people living with dementia and other disabilities gas safe in their own homes. For those who missed the event, more information can be found on line or by calling 0800 9751818.

People Matter were chatting about the support available to keep people living independently. Storeroom2010 were marketing their pre-loved furniture, which assists people on tight budgets to affordably furnish their homes.

Veterans Outreach Support were informing veterans and family members about their welfare work and psychology

ical support. They were joined by SSAFA which provides financial and other support to those from the veteran community.

Trading Standards were prompting the Trader Approved scheme and highlighting scams and how to avoid them. The “Isle Find It” website was explained, a great new internet service which leads those using it to the relevant help agency or organisation.

Anyone who missed the event can contact the Islehelp partnership through Citizens Advice on 0344 111 444. For help with energy and water bills The Footprint Trust can be contacted on 01983 822282 or email

Winter Is Coming, is one of many outreach events that The Footprint Trust will be attending as part of their Power Plan project supported by Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Resilient Communities Fund the Charles Hayward Foundation and The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund.