New Community Connector for Ryde

Steve Johnson

Joint funding from the Isle of Wight Council and Ryde Town Council has enabled Ryde Aspire to appoint Steve Johnson as a new Community Connector. He will provide a range of services and activities for residents of Ryde and Binstead from the Aspire Hub in Dover Street. Steve is no stranger to Ryde. He was employed by the Isle of Wight Council working mainly in the town from 2015-2018.

The new role is designed to strengthen community services and facilities within the Ryde area and provide support to vulnerable and isolated residents. He will work with local organisations and groups to strengthen service provision and help people to access services by providing face-to-face support through group meetings and occasionally on a one to one basis. The aim is not only to improve the quality of life for residents but also to reduce the need for referrals to higher level health and welfare services.

Aspire Ryde Chairman Will Sussman said: “This appointment will help our town become a better and more resilient place to live and strengthen our community.”

Speaking at an informal ‘meet and greet’ event at Aspire, Steve said: ”It’s great to be back in Ryde. It’s such a vibrant town with lots of active community groups.”

Ryde Mayor, Councillor Michael Lilley also welcomed the new initiative, saying: “I am delighted Steve has been appointed. We look forward to being able to work in partnership with Aspire and the Isle of Wight Council to respond to our community and their specific needs.”

You can contact Steve at Aspire or via his email