Message about our service delivery

March 19th, 2020

Since the beginning of March we’ve been monitoring Public Health advice regarding Coronavirus and responding to changing circumstances. We’ve now decided that our range of current activities should be ‘on hold’ until further notice.

Creative solutions

Our small team will work remotely from their homes, maintaining regular ‘virtual’ contact with volunteers and arts practitioners to creatively develop alternative programmes that can support isolated and vulnerable Island residents of all ages. This will include materials for care homes to keep residents engaged, schools to distribute for home-based arts enrichment activities to support family learning and many ideas for keeping safe and entertained during the Covid-19 outbreak including outdoor activities and a Phone Pal service.

Keeping in touch

You can keep up to date with our new, virtual programmes and community support work by checking this site regularly and following our Facebook page. If you need to speak to one of the team, our office number will be automatically forwarded to a member of the staff by rotation. Simply call us on 01983 822437 during office hours, or contact us via email, or chat to us via live chat, by clicking on the Chat icon bottom right of the website.

Thank you

We recognise that our services are needed now more than ever and we are extremely grateful to our principle funders for their continued support and their encouragement. We are a small local charity working exclusively for the vulnerable residents of the Isle of Wight.

You can help us keep going by making a donation – and if you are a UK tax payer, gift aid can be added, which tops up your donation by a further 25%.


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