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Steve Johnson has been appointed as a community development worker for Ryde, working to strengthen community services and facilities and offer support to vulnerable and isolated residents.

Steve, who is no stranger to the town having worked for the Isle of Wight Council between 2015-2018, will work with local community organisations and groups to strengthen service provision. He will also help people to access services by providing face-to-face support through group and occasionally on a 1-to-1 basis.

The aim is not only to improve the quality of life for local residents but also to reduce the need for referrals to higher-level health and welfare services.

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Steve is employed by Aspire Ryde, which provides a range of community services and activities from its Community Hub in Dover Street. He is based at the Hub and covers the whole of Ryde and Binstead. The post is jointly funded by Ryde Town Council and the Isle of Wight Council.

Will Sussman, Aspire Ryde’s Chairman, has said:

“This appointment will help our town become a better and more resilient place to live and strengthen our community”.

Speaking at an informal ‘meet and greet’ event at Aspire on 12th September, Steve said:

“It’s great to be back in Ryde. It’s such a vibrant town with lots of active community groups”.

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Michael Lilley, Mayor of Ryde, said:

“I am delighted that Steve has been appointed. We look forward to being able to work in partnership with Aspire and the Isle of Wight Council to respond to our community and their specific needs.”

You can contact Steve at Aspire or via his email, [email protected].

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