Last year was very successful for the Island’s Footprint Trust, their Board of Trustees heard at the 2019 AGM. Nearly 2,000 vulnerable people were seen at outreach, training, events and home visits with over £100,000 of annual energy savings identified. Almost 300 home visits were provided for over 500 vulnerable people identifying on average £300 per household in annual energy cost savings and cutting over 500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The staff were praised for making a real impact in reducing fuel poverty on the Island, and helping to cut carbon emissions, essential for tackling climate change, as well as being involved in a number of nature conservation projects. They were also commended for their achievements in managing to raise basic funding, despite the declining availability of suitable grants.
The Footprint Trust has operated successfully over many years, assisting thousands of local people and reducing carbon emissions. This year the trustees have developed a strategy aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the Island by 50% over 10 years. Whilst a challenging target, it is achievable with the support of the public.
The Trust continues to work with a diverse range of formal and informal partner organisations. The charity is a founder member of Islehelp, a grouping of the main advice agencies on the Isle of Wight. The Trust refers to other agencies when appropriate to ensure our clients get the support and assistance they need. The organisations they work with include; veteran charities, family centres, Social services, Health Visitors, Carers, social and private landlords, Foodbank, churches and schools.
The Footprint Trust was set up in 2002 to ‘…reduce the ecological footprint of the Isle of Wight…’ and to promote sustainable living. The Trust was born out of a desire to take action to respond to the ‘Ecological Footprint Analysis of the Isle of Wight’, published in 1999. They hold the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for charities, for their pioneering work in the community.
Those concerned about their energy bills can contact The Trust on 822282.