Vectis offers a warm hand to its residents

A local housing association is offering a winter warmer to its residents.

Vectis Housing Association has teamed up with energy experts The Footprint Trust, so that their residents can reduce their utility bills.

The local housing charity has nearly 400 properties distributed in communities all over the Island.
Residents can contact the Footprint Trust directly and request a free energy-saving visit. In most cases householders will cut their utility bills by up to £200.

Speaking for the housing association, Maria Wilkinson said,

“Being a community-based social landlord we have a very close relationship with our residents, and are aware that many of them are struggling with the effects of rising fuel bills, and reductions in benefits. Managing fuel and water bills can be an effective way of reducing costs and making ends meet.”

For the Footprint Trust, their National Heat Hero, Ray Harrington-Vail said,

“We have many years of experience in helping Island families keep warm, and reducing their energy bills. Many residents will be unaware of extra help available for those on a low income. Others struggle to switch suppliers and get a better deal, or do not understand how to use their heating system to best effect.”

The Trust aims to visit 20 Vectis Housing households this winter. Those wishing to book a free home visit or to have chat about energy bills can call Ray or Helen on 01983 822282 or email

Residents with concerns about repairs and other matters should contact Vectis Housing on 520353


Vectis Housing Association manages just under 400 properties throughout the Isle of Wight. We are a responsive, resident-focused association providing high quality, general needs, homes and service to match.
Our key messages for our colleagues and service users are:
– We are the Isle of Wight’s housing association
– We aim to provide and maintain excellent homes that local households can afford
– We look to support financial and social independence amongst our current and future tenants
– We are community-based
– We are good partners to work with

The Footprint Trust is a local charity which is known for specialising in helping those in fuel poverty. It was set up in 2002. Their staff include a winner of the national Heat Hero Award and two Energy Campions. The Trust was given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2013 for its work in helping Islanders, with particular reference to those in fuel poverty.