‘Inspirational’ partnership of four Island charities nominated for national award

A collaboration of four Island charities has been shortlisted for the Third Sector Award for Charity Partnership of the Year 2019.

The Living Well Approach which is funded by the Isle of Wight Council, was launched at the end of 2017 and includes teams from Age UK Isle of Wight, Carers IW, People Matter IW and The Way Forward Programme. Together, they provide a single point of contact to support Islanders aged 18 and over who are beginning to encounter difficulties. Help is focused on those who are not eligible for adult social care. They have so far supported 3938 people across the Island.

Representatives of the service, which was described as ‘Inspirational’ at the Better Care Fund National Conference in Birmingham, have been invited to attend the awards ceremony in London on September 19, where the winner of the Charity Partnership of the Year award will be announced.

The Living Well Approach is pitched against four other charity partnerships from across the UK for the award, which recognises the achievements of charities of all sizes to celebrate their work and the real difference they make to society.

The Living Well Project Manager from Age UK Isle of Wight Charlotte Price, said: “We are so proud of the preventive work achieved through the Living Well partnership, and are delighted to have been short listed for a Third Sector Award.

“This charity partnership has challenged the boundaries of what is possible when organisations work together, and we are pleased to be able to deliver quality services to Islanders who need our support.”