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ISLE OF WIGHT YOUNGSTERS MAKE A SPLASH AT ACHIEVER AWARDS

4 children from Isle of Wight have won a top prize at this year’s Southern Water Learn to Swim Achiever awards. This is the 25th year of Southern Water’s Learn to Swim programme – which has helped to teach more than 750,000 children to swim. Each year the courage and determination of children who have learned to swim against the odds …

WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HEARING? ATTEND A FREE HEARING SCREENING

The UK’s largest hearing loss charity Action on Hearing Loss has scheduled another hearing screening drop-in service, exclusively on the Isle of Wight for over 18s, on Wednesday 29th November at Argyll House Surgery in Ryde, between 14:00-16:00. The service, which is a pilot scheme the charity will be running across the island until August 2018, will give locals an opportunity …

ISLANDERS JOIN ASCENSOS FOR PEAK PERIOD

Ascensos, the contact centre management specialists, have recruited a further 122 people – including 87 students from Isle Of Wight College – to join their new contact centre, to support their peak period in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Working in partnership with Isle of Wight College, Ascensos wanted to use the peak period to provide students with work …

MEN IN SHEDS LAUNCHES AT YMCA WINCHESTER HOUSE

YMCA Winchester House in Shanklin has opened its doors to the Age UK Men in Sheds project. The Men in Sheds movement was started to tackle isolation in men over the age of 60. Meeting in local ‘sheds’ the men undertake DIY activities whist sharing and learning new skills. The project is part of the Age Friendly Island partnership, which …

TRUST WORKS WITH DISABLED PATIENTS TO MAKE SUPPORT AIDS AVAILABLE

Staff and patients at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust have been working through the Trust’s ‘Patients with a Disability Working Group’ (PDWG) to fund and purchase a number of support aids that can be used to help improve the patient experience. Fidget Boxes; Boom Boxes; USB Story Books; 1:1 Hearing Devices; Disability Bed Head Signs; Picture cards/visual supports and Easy Read Documents have all …

BUS FIRM GO SOUTH COAST NAMED UK BUS OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

Go South Coast has scooped major accolades in the highly-regarded UK Bus Awards.  Praised for its excellent customer service, innovative use of technology and for the high quality training and development it offers employees, the bus firm – which operates Southern Vectis, Thamesdown Transport, Bluestar, Salisbury Reds  Morebus and Damory – has been named both Top Shire Operator and the top …

ALEGRIA CARNIVAL IS JUMPING FOR JOY THANKS TO £84,000 GRANT

The New Carnival Company has announced that its latest project ‘Alegria’ has been awarded a major grant from Unlimited – an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. The new project is a collaboration with the Ryde-based VIVA integrated carnival …

ISLAND SKATERS START THE SEASON IN STYLE

A team of talented Isle of Wight skaters lit up Portsmouth when they officially opened the city’s new pop-up festive ice rink on Tuesday. 20 members of the Island’s Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club put on a show to remember in front of 100 VIPs – including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth – with both solo dancing and team …

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