If you’ve been into the new Waitrose supermarket in East Cowes since it opened a couple of weeks ago, you might have noticed their ‘Community Matters’ Campaign.
Each month the scheme is planning to donate £1,000 a month from the branch between three local charities that customers choose.
One charity who are hoping to benefit is the Isle of Wight branch of Age Concern.
They’re appealing for any Waitrose customers to vote for them at the checkout. All shoppers receive a plastic token at the checkout and are invited to place it in one of three large clear collecting boxes behind the tills, each labelled by a local charity.
What sort of help is planned?
The funds will help the charity to support even more of our older residents to enjoy more fulfilling independent lives.
Gwen Glover, Good Neighbour Scheme Project Development Officer is in the throes of setting up banks of volunteers in various locations across the Island. They will offer to help residents within the local community with one-off tasks, such as collecting prescriptions, emergency shopping, garden tidying, small repairs, lifts to hospital etc.
Her colleague, Gina Williams, has already launched schemes in Brading, Lake and Sandown.
They are now focusing on Ryde and Newport, each of which will be split into at least three areas. A return to traditional neighbourhood values, to sum it up.
If you want to find out more about the Isle of Wight branch of Age Concern, you can call the office number which is 525282 (9am – 4pm Mon to Fri).
Don’t forget to say where you heard about it.