Southern Water pledges £10,000 to help support Age UK Isle of Wight.
As part of its work with the community, the local water company offers four annual regional grants to charities across Isle of Wight, Sussex, Hampshire and Kent. Today, it is delighted to announce Age UK Isle of Wight is the chosen charity for the Isle of Wight (2017-2018).
The money will fund a year long project to run a pilot scheme that reaches out to isolated elderly people on the island. A mini bus service, will provide local, door to door transport to and from Age UK Isle of Wight’s Active Network Social Clubs, which currently run in Ryde, Cowes, Ventnor and Freshwater. By improving the accessibility of their current Social Clubs, the charity also hopes to expand the scheme to include Clubs in Shanklin and Newport.
All four regional charities were chosen by Southern Water employees, as part of an ongoing drive to support local causes close to the heart of communities it serves. As well as raising vital funds, employees will also be lending their time and skills volunteering to help their local projects.
Age UK Isle of Wight is an independent charity at the centre of the island community. They work with the island’s elderly residents, their families and carers. They provide 20 services promoting independence, health and well being. One of their primary aims is to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
Maria Bunce, Head of Income Generation at Age UK Isle of Wight said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as Southern Water’s chosen charity partner for the Isle of Wight. Our Active Networks Social Clubs can be a lifeline for those encountering social isolation; this funding will enable us to provide our clients with a door-to-door transport service to and from our Social Clubs, removing any worry over cost, and making the Clubs more accessible to people within our communities”.
Beverley Thompson, Community Campaigns and Engagement Manager for Southern Water added:
"This is an incredible charity that helps promote independence, health and well being, and reduces social isolation and loneliness.
"We're also incredibly grateful to Age UK Isle of Wight for offering the opportunity for employees to undergo training on how to help vulnerable and elderly customers as part of the Age Friendly Island Scheme."
As well as helping to fund the mini bus service, Southern Water employees will be volunteering as befrienders and helping with other Age UK Isle of Wight projects, including Men in Sheds and Community Memory Groups for those with memory problems, including a diagnosis of dementia.