There are a number of projects that make up the Age Friendly Island Programme, each of them is designed to support local older people to age better and reduce social isolation.  

More details and links to each can be found below.

The Age Friendly Island strategic project is working with the World Health Organisation’s ‘Guide to Age Friendly Cities’ and the Isle of Wight has become the first rural area in the UK to become Age Friendly.  Age UK Isle of Wight and Community Action IW are working to create an environment where the community is set up to help older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay locally involved.  For more information please email: hello@agefriendlyisland.org or call: (01983) 525282.

Alzheimer café’s provide support to older people and those with early onset dementia, their carers and families in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For more information please email: alzheimercafe.iow@btconnect.com or call: (01983) 220200.

Care Navigators are based in GP’s surgeries and offer free and impartial advice to assist people aged 50+, as well as families and carers, with any challenges they may face.  For more information please email: care.navigators@ageukiw.org.uk or call: (01983) 525282.

Community Navigators tackle social isolation for adults 50+ supporting people who would like to get out to community activities. For more information please email: dale@communitynavigators.co.uk or call: 07736 151626. 

Carers IW offer support to carers over the age of 50 who do not know what help is available, and provide carers with opportunities to get involved in their local community.  For more information please email: info@carersiw.org.uk or call: (01983) 533173.

Digital inclusion courses upskill older people to use new technology, supporting them to access information and advice and stay safe while using other online services.  For more information please email: digital@ageukiw.org.uk or call: (01983) 525282.

The Learning Links Employment Support programme helps people overcome barriers to engagement and employment or to retrain for a change in career. For more information please email: info@learninglinks.co.uk or call: (01983) 527529.

  • Isle Find It delivered by Citizens Advice Bureau Isle of Wight

Citizens Advice Bureau are working together to provide an up-to-date information, service, business and community directory for the Isle of Wight.  For more information please email: enquiries@Islefindit.org.uk or call: (01983) 823898 ext: 2822.

Men in Sheds is an Island-wide project providing invaluable social opportunities and peer support for men over 50. For more information please email: Lois.proir@ageukiw.org.uk or call: (01983) 525282.

Richmond Fellowship a Mental Health Peer Support Project for people over the age of 50 who are experiencing isolation, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.  For more information please call (01983) 537286.

  • Olderpreneurs delivered by the IW Chamber of Commerce 
    The Chamber of Commerce provide support, mentoring and networking for people over the age of 50 to start their own business.
    Olderpreneurs delivered by the IW Chamber of Commerce 

The Chamber of Commerce provide support, mentoring and networking for people over the age of 50 to start their own business. For more information please email: ian.jenkins@iwchamber.co.uk or call: (01983) 520777.

Independent Arts run two projects to help alleviate social isolation among older people. SingAbout provides regular weekly singing groups whilst Creative Futures uses volunteers to improve the quality of life for older people living in care homes.  For more information please email: info@independentarts.org.uk or call: (01983) 822437.