Omega Befriending Service – Now Available On The Isle of Wight

As seen  – recently – in the County Press, Omega is a small charity based in Shrewsbury that supports socially isolated people.  Whilst based in Shropshire, they work across the UK.  They have already started a partnership on the Isle of Wight with Sovereign Housing Association a story which has been shared with the Isle of Wight County Press.  You can read about this on their website at – https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18627120.friendship-letter-phone-hopes-help-isolated-islanders/.  

Two of the projects they operate, both of which are free of charge, may be of interest to local residents:

Chatterbox
This is a telephone befriending scheme.  their volunteer befrienders are matched with clients and are happy to talk about anything as well as offering emotional support.  You can see more information at –
https://www.omega.uk.net/chatterbox-action-against-loneliness-programme-p-173.htm         

A Letter from Louise
This is a penpal befriending service.  As with Chatterbox, their volunteer befrienders are matched with clients with similar interests so they can share stories and experiences.  All post is directed via their office using a freepost system, so client’s addresses are confidential. Many of their befrienders include photos and pictures with their letters.  You can see more information at –
https://www.omega.uk.net/a-letter-from-louise-p-214.htm    

Mountbatten Hospice – 4000 miles to raise £4000 – Update!

As mentioned in June, Parish Councillor Michael Ward is engaged in the monumental task of riding 4000 miles around the Isle of Wight to raise £4000 for Mountbatten Hospice. Cllr Ward has now passed 3500 miles and broken through the £3500 barrier. The Isle of Wight County Press have run a feature with the latest news on this mammoth challenge and can be seen here: https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18646302.mounting-mountbatten-councillors-boost-charity/

If you like to donate to this incredible challenge, please click here : https://justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-ward47 or look at the attached poster for further details.

Beach Awards 2020 – 25th June 2020

Seagrove Bay and Springvale beaches named as two of country’s best beaches by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy

In these uncertain times, it is good to have some certainty and anyone visiting Seagrove Bay or Springvale Beach this summer can be sure that they are visiting one of the country’s – and the world’s – best beaches.

With the current travel restrictions and the likelihood of foreign holidays being cancelled, a day trip to a beach is likely to be the highlight of most people’s summer.

Seagrove Bay and Springvale Beach join the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Nettlestone & Seaview Parish Council Chairman Barry Elliott took a very ‘Hands-on’ approach to raising the flags at Seagrove Bay and Springvale Beaches today – Thursday 25th June. This coincides with being able to re-open the Seagrove Bay toilet block after some high quality refurbishment work by Richardson’s Carpentry & Building – including a brand new hard-wearing tiled floor.

Barry

Chairman Barry Elliott taking down the flag pole at Seagrove Bay

Keep Britain Tidy’s Deputy Chief Executive Richard McIlwain said: “The success of Seagrove Bay and Springvale beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.

“This year, with the pressure on local services created by COVID-19, we would urge anyone visiting this fantastic beach to help out by taking their rubbish home with them and leaving the beach as they found it.”