AUDIO: MESSAGE OF THANKS TO THE ‘TRUE ISLAND HEROES’

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The leader of the Isle of Wight Council has sent a heartfelt message of thanks to volunteers and community groups working around the clock to support vulnerable residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Councillor Dave Stewart has said that an army of volunteers have mobilised to help and support vulnerable people to stay safe and at home during the pandemic.

So far, a staggering 600-plus Islanders have answered the government’s ‘call to arms’, stepping up to do what they can to fight the virus and help those on the front lines.

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Councillor Stewart said:

“On behalf of the Island community, I want to say thank you for what you are doing.

“You are the lifeblood of our community at this time and without the tremendous work you are putting in, many of our vulnerable people would be at immense risk from this dreadful virus.

“We know this battle will take weeks and probably months to overcome but we will remove this blight from our community and now is the time for us all to do everything we can to protect our future.”

A new dedicated Covid-19 website www.iowcoronavirus.co.uk provides information on the local support and community efforts available across the Island. The website allows residents to search by location and includes information on local businesses offering home delivery, tips and advice on looking after your own mental health, pharmacy information and contact details for local support groups and organisations.

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The council has also set up a dedicated helpline for vulnerable people who do not have a local network of friends or family to support them while they are self-isolating or social distancing. People can call 01983 823600 7 days a week, 09:00-17:00, for support.

Councillor Stewart said:

“I look at you all and from the depths of my heart I want to thank you for coming forward and helping – you are all true Island champions, everyone of you.

“The time will come when this emergency will be over and we will all be able to look back with pride at what you and many others will have achieved for our Island.”

Do you think you might be able to help our Island during the Covid-19 pandemic by becoming a volunteer? If yes, complete this form www.iowcoronavirus.co.uk/form/.

Your details will be passed on to charities and community groups working on the Island to support people through the Covid-19 crisis. You are not committing yourself to anything, simply saying you are happy to be contacted by organisations who are looking for volunteers.

 

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perhaps councillor stewart should stop his winston churchill type speeches and focus on cutting the financial waste of the council and give all taxpayers a cut in council tax rates, plus a waiver of at least 3 months council tax.

as he earns or should I say takes a large wage from the taxpayer, perhaps he and the other leeches at county hall can lead by example and not take any pay for three months to do their bit – they can easily afford it.

Seeing as we are all “locked up” for an indeterminate period, perhaps he can lobby the MP to get us all free tv licences, like other prisoners get.

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Completely agree with you, the council love to give a speech, thanking all that have stepped up, the real thanks would be to give relief in council tax to help people who will almost certainly be struggling to pay bills, struggling to put food on the table.
But as it always is with the iow council they will happily keep taking and expecting money.
As long as they are paid the ridiculous amount of money they are earning that’s all that matters to them.
I hope everyone now realises the bent and corrupt people that ‘work’ at the iow council.
Money grabbed the lot of them.

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Can you help us get masks etc. in the phlebotomy department at St Mary’s please, we have asked but still not received anything

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I hope you get the PPE you require, we as an island respect you guys doctors, nurses, HCA’s , phlebotomists, paramedics all of you.
Keep safe and demand the PPE.
Your all heroes.

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Councillor Stewart, as we are talking about the blight, how about removing the burden of council tax for so many of us who are now struggling to pay our bills. A FREEZE on council tax for 3 months would be a very good gesture indeed, not just an extension to pay it over 12 months instead of 10. How gracious of you to say how good we the Islanders are. Makes a change from reducing services, closing public toilets and increasing parking charges. Still I don’t expect there is much coming in from those now is there. I predict a huge increase in those charges once this is over.

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Start free deliveries for medicines, instead of making vulnerable people wait outside Boots in the cold, like they made me do for over half an hour and being rude with it as well. These people are probably already ill and with certain conditions, they shouldn’t have to be treated like this.

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