On Thursday 7 October 2016 Age Friendly Island hosted the Second Annual Celebrating Age Awards at Lakeside Spa Hotel. This was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of older people on the Isle of Wight. There were 8 awards given out in a variety of categories with some very deserving nominees and winners.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner – Diane Radcliffe
Diane was nominated for dedicating the last 25 years to business in the care sector, leading the largest private care provider on the Island and her Community Interest Company, the Daisy Chain Club, which allows older, often disabled, people to get out on a regular basis.
Team of the Year Award Winner – The Brighstone Project
The Brighstone Project was set up to reduce isolation and loneliness in Brighstone, Shorwell and surrounding areas. The team has made huge contributions to community life, through improved transport links, coffee mornings, dementia church services, a prescription delivery service, outings and celebrations, encouraging people to get involved with their community and make friends.
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner – Marion Brettell
Marion is a Trustee and Team coordinator for Alzheimer Café, she was nominated for all her work leading her volunteer team to run the Totland café for 50 regular attendees. Marion uses poetry & art to great effect in her café and in supporting care home residents. She organises trips for the residents and volunteers at the Very Useful Café each week.
Arm in Arm Award Winner – Joe Cave
Joe was nominated for his dedication to the training and refereeing of youth football for 40 years. Having overcome serious illness 3 times, Joe continues to provide opportunities for young people in the West Wight to get into sport. Joe is 74 and spends time fundraising and doing all he can to support West Wight Football Club.
Challenge of the Year Award Winner – Peter Woodnutt
Peter was nominated for his dedication for caring for others and his use of poetry to inspire. He is self publishing a book of poetry, despite his dyslexia and poor eyesight. Peter has age related macular degeneration, whilst also dealing with the challenges of depression and arthritis. Anna who nominated Peter writes “he continues to make a difference in the lives of others and leads as an example of honesty, integrity and pure determination.”
Contribution to the Community Winner – Barry Williams
Barry was nominated for his various contributions to the West Wight Community, in Scouting and running a youth drama group as well as 22 years teaching in the Christ Church Junior Church. He is also recognised for his talents playing the piano numerous times a week and supporting monthly services with West Wight Churches Together in residential homes.
Active Person Award Winner – Shirley Miles
Shirley was nominated for over 45 years as a swimming teacher at West Wight Sports Centre, having helped thousands of people of all abilities. Shirley was one of the teachers who set up the original swimming club and was instrumental in establishing a community swimming pool; not only raising funds but physically helping to build the pool.
Age Friendly Impact Winner – Tina Maretic
Tina is the founder of Jigsaw Family Support. Run by volunteers, Jigsaw offer help and support to families going through the painful experience of separation and divorce. Tina arranges counselling for families and helps to provide a harmonious stable environment for children to reunify with parents and family members, especially those living in deprivation.
Shortlisted Nominees also were noted for their efforts:
Jan Brookes, Carisbrooke Castle Outreach Team, Kingfishers Swimming Group, David Lumley, Roy Coleman, Joyce Blizzard, Joe Cave, Sue Birch, Christine Sawkins, Pat & John Short, Dougie Stephens, Georgie White, Sue Bennett & Frances Wright.
Well done everyone for your hard work and dedication to your causes.