Age UK Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has a large proportion of older residents with over 27% of people aged over 65 years old.

Grants totalling £12,400 have enabled staff and volunteers at Age UK Isle of Wight to provide a lifeline to those that are most vulnerable, lonely and isolated, providing shopping and medication deliveries, wellbeing checks and weekly telephone befriending.

At the start of the pandemic, HIWCF’s support enabled us to quickly co-ordinate an Emergency Response team to recruit and co-ordinate vital help to older Island residents enabling them to stay safe and shielded at home. It’s also particularly important in helping us to bring patients discharged from hospital back to their own homes where they can self-isolate and shield safely. This frees up hospital beds which is crucial in supporting the Island’s NHS, and our support teams then ensure that people who don’t have friends or family to care for them at home get the assistance they need.

Elisha Leachman (Fundraising Manager, Age UK Isle of Wight )