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ISLAND CHARITIES OFFER HELP AS WINTER APPROACHES

riversidecentreAs 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 next month.

Those attending the event, to be held on Friday 5th December, include the CAB, AgeUK (IW) and The Footprint Trust, who organise this popular annual event. These organisations are part of the Islehelp partnership, formed to bring together the many charitable agencies that offer advice and information.

For those facing financial difficulties it can be a worrying and lonely time – the local CAB 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.

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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, 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, Ray has gone 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.”

The Cash Low? Cash Flow! event will be at the Riverside Centre, Newport Quay on Friday 5th December from 11:00 to 16:00 – free cake and drinks will be available, along with free parking. The Centre has disabled access.

Those not able to get along to the event itself can contact the Trust on 01983 822282 to gain help and guidance. Details can also be found on their website www.footprint-trust.co.uk.

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