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You may get help towards the cost of new energy efficient boiler and insulation.
Free guidance on saving energy and money
Call or Text The Footprint Trust on 01983 82-22-82

Our Projects

The Footprint Trust, and their partner organisations, have a number of practical projects that help the environment, promote fuel and water efficiency, encourage growing of local food and looking after of local open spaces.

Click on any project below to find out more…

Energy and Saving Money

Power Force

Power Force is aimed at directly helping the ex-service community on the Isle of Wight who are suffering the effects of fuel poverty. Outreach to Veterans and their families through local TRBL branches, public events, cafes, social clubs etc. Anyone who has been in the Services, or their family members or dependents can be assisted.


Energy action for those in greatest need, providing insulation measures and energy efficient heating systems to many on low income.
Also gives greater help to those who come into contact with the charity. People will be given extra support and help from other agencies and charities.


Free home assessments, giving energy saving guidance on boilers, windows and insulation, and information on ways to reduce energy bills. The scheme aims to improve the safety, well-being and quality of life for vulnerable residents across the island.

Cash Low? Cash Flow!

Do not make a choice 'heat' or 'eat' - continue to buy healthy food for your family, and contact your Utility Company. Grants can be available to pay for fuel debts.


Free training giving you the skills to understand your bills.

Save money sign up today!

Warmer Ventnor

We visit people in their homes in the Ventnor area and give them tailored guidance on staying warm, grants available and details of free or economic insulation initiatives.

Ryde Warmer Homes

Ryde Town Council have teamed up with the Island's Footprint Trust charity to help those in the Town who are in crises due to high fuel bills and hard to heat homes.

Warmer Vectis

Vectis Housing Association has teamed up with energy experts The Footprint Trust, so that their residents can reduce their utility bills.

Education & Young People

Sustainable Schools

We encourage Isle of Wight schools to get involved in the international ecoschools initiative. We offer environmental audits of local schools, with the aim of reducing their bills and environmental impact and workshops with pupils linked to the curriculum…

Practical Projects

Pond Wardens

There are currently 100 trained pond wardens on the Island, some of which are now looking for public ponds to adopt. The Footprint Trust can give for guidance on general pond management, so if you have a pond problem, please email

River Wardens

Launched in 2007, volunteers act as ambassadors for the River Medina. Following the success of the IW Pond Warden Scheme the group has been launched as part of the IW Councilís Medina Riverside Park project.

Cemetery Wardens

Cemetery Wardens act as ambassadors for burial grounds, seeking to inform, educate and involve the local community and working with the owners of the site. Free training provided.

IW Green Gym

Now well into its tenth year of working to help improve the Island's countryside through conservation work, whilst at the same time aiming to improve the health of the participants through their involvement in the practical sessions.

Acorn Steps

FREE, tailor-made walking activities programme based on your needs and aspirations - we go where they want to go, within reason!
For adults aged 19-64 (children can come along if accompanied)

Tool Store

We have a large tool store that is free to use for any insured community group, member of the Adopt-A-Garden scheme, IW Pond Wardens or IW Green Gym. If you need some hand tools, give us a call! 82-22-82


Giving a greater service to remote communities, thanks to funding from the Defra European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The Footprint Trust took delivery of a new Ford Connect van in April 2011.

‘Friends of…’ Groups

Watch this space

Conservation Management

The Trust manages sites for other organisations.



Launched in 2008, the biggest free community event in Newport, attracting some 4,000 people. Isle of Wight Riverfest celebrates the heritage, community, businesses and wildlife associated with this historic river.…

Future Energy

We hold events every year to highlight energy conservation and to promote the need for sustainable renewable energy. The Isle of Wight is an ideal site for wind and solar power.


The Footprint Trust can organise community events for other organisations.

Consultation and Guidance

The Trust is able to offer guidance on sustainable businesses practices, promotion and marketing and offers corporate volunteering opportunities and employee engagement workshops. For more details contact Ray Harrington-Vail on 01983 822282.

Media and Documentaries

The Trust can provide articles and stories regarding fuel poverty, energy and water efficiency, environmental issues etc. We work with Utility Films, and our joint documentary The Thin Green Line is currently being shown on the Community Channel. We are currently working on another commission relating to childrenís development through environmental activities.

Archived Projects

Former projects run by The Footprint Trust


A drop-in centre in central Newport, offering young people an opportunity to meet in a friendly safe environment, learning skills in design through upcycling waste products into useful items.


Mums, dads and young people could be in for a windfall on their energy bills. Save money through the sensible use of fuel. Contact the Energetic Fueline or attend free training events to save loads of money on fuel bills.

Adopt a Garden

This project joins a person who has a garden they can no longer look after and an individual who wants a growing space. The householder gets their garden looked after for free and the gardener gets a free allotment in return.

Beewise on Energy

The Footprint Trust will give tailored guidance on saving energy through home visits, along with practical help such as free insulation and new boilers.

Call (01983) 82-22-82

Ryde Warmer Homes

The Footprint Trust and the Isle of Wight Council have teamed up to help people in Ryde fight fuel poverty. This project covers people who own their own home or live in private rented accomodation in Ryde (PO33).

Water Works

Raising awareness of the need to use water resources more efficiently. The IW AONB Sustainable Development Fund supported the project, along with EU, Leader+, the Ernest Cook Trust and Southern Water.

The Warmer Chale Campaign

The Warmer Chale Campaign offered free home visits, grants to make people warmer, details of cheaper fuel offers, free or cheap cavity and loft insulation. Similar work continues Island-wide: Warmahome Project


Promoting sustainable living with the three R's (refuse, reuse and recycle) and encouraging better use of resources, by conserving energy and water. Reached over 13% of islanders between Apr '03 and Dec '06. Funder: EU Leader+

Business Waste

IW Council partnered with Chamber of Commerce to produce a Business Waste Strategy. The trust conducted a detailed survey to identify the volumes and types of commercial waste generated on the Island.

Eco-wise Training

Skills in Managing Resources
In partnership with the IW RCC, the Footprint Trust offered local charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises free training funded by the ChangeUp programme of Capacitybuilders.



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