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The village of Niton is the first to launch a Community Response Group to help the local community cope with the pressures imposed by the coronavirus crisis.

The “Community Response and Back-up” group (CRAB for short) will provide vital support, services and resources to the local community and to business.

30 volunteers have already come forward to deliver this support, which is accessible through a new dedicated website and helpline. The volunteers will help residents access the provisions, prescriptions and essential services they need to equip them to defeat the virus and live more comfortably in their homes at this time of enforced isolation. The initiative will also help residents navigate their way around the health system, to find out the latest developments relating to the virus and to stay connected in an increasingly isolated world.

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The CRAB website which will bring a constant feed of news, hints and tips for keeping well, active and connected as well as information about accessing essential goods and services. For the local business and the self-employed, it will provide a lifeline of support with information about how to manage current problems of credit liquidity, staffing and the latest information on government support packages available.

The helpline will be open 7 days a week and will enable residents and businesses to get live and bespoke advice and information. A minibus service will enable volunteers to deliver people and services. The helpline number is 01983 730748.

Will Thurbin, Coordinator of the CRAB Group Niton, said:

“We, like the rest of the island, have many older and vulnerable people living in Niton, and we feel it is our collective duty to look after and protect them. In the coming days we will be introducing a number of additional services that will support them and the community as a whole. ”

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Dave Stewart, Isle of Wight Council Leader and Local Councillor, welcomed the CRAB Niton initiative saying:

“It is great that Niton has really responded to the challenge of the virus, helping the community defeat it. Local initiatives like this rally communities at such times and make them stronger and more resilient in the future. We expect other communities on the island will take their lead.”

Anyone wanting to volunteer, should contact the group directly.

For further information about the initiative or if people want to volunteer, contact [email protected] or telephone the helpline 01983 730748.

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Well done to the villagers of Niton. What an absolutely fantastic, caring community bunch they are, coming together in a time of crisis. Good on ya


It is great, and you can ‘do this’ in nice villages without huge amounts of ‘social’ housing, as it is not the homes but what is too often contained within them that is the problem. This rule of having to distribute social housing into every new building programme is wrong, best to keep them all in one clump, then their children can swarm over fence smashed gardens, their Staffy’s can mate or fight one another, and the men can easily visit their numerous lovers and do the same as their dogs, and even sometimes visit their children spread over many… Read more »


Yet Niton has many social homes, proving your pathetic points completely wrong.

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