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Community Resilience Project

Community Resilience project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Project duration: 21 September 2020 to 20 March 2021.

The aim of this project is to build an even more agile and sustainable structure of community resilience response on the Isle of Wight.

There are three key elements to this project:

  1. Supporting local re-enablement (supporting vulnerable individuals in the community).
  2. Helping to deal with the next round(s) of shielding in effective and safe ways.
  3. Using the current experience to encourage and support more general community resilience planning (a 24-hour response plan for villages and towns).

To achieve this, we are working with COVID Hubs, Parish and Town Councils, Isle of Wight Council, community groups, volunteers and other partners to help them develop resilience infrastructure that is right for their communities.

A team of Local Resilience Coordinators work with local communities across the Island:

Zoryna O’Donnell – South area (Chale, Niton Whitwell, Ventnor). Contact:

Lucy Nichols – Ryde area (Ryde, Nettlestone & Seaview, St. Helens, Bembridge, Havenstreet & Ashey, Wootton Bridge, Fishbourne). Contact:    

Gretel Ingham – Bay area (Brading, Sandown, Lake, Shanklin, Newchurch, Arreton). Contact:

Claire Kennard – Newport area (Newport, Shorwell, Gatcombe, Rookley, Goodshill, Arreton). Contact:

Kay Smith – Cowes area (Cowes, Gurnard, Northwood, Whippingham, East Cowes). Contact:

Adam Tucker, Hazel Britton and Mel Gardner – West Wight area (Brighston, Freshwater, Totland, Yarmouth, Shalfleet, Calbourne and Porchfield). Contact:


Isle of Wight Community Support Hubs:  and  


Isle of Wight Self-Isolation Toolkit :


COVID-19 Local Information website:​ 


Mobile Testing Unit locations for Covid-19:  please visit for up-to-date information.


Government latest information and guidance:


Government COVID-19 guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations:


Local COVID-19 outbreaks: lessons learnt and good practice guidance


Containing and managing local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks (Government guidance):  


Community emergency planning

Communities that spend time planning and preparing are best placed to respond to and recover more quickly from local or wider emergencies. They can use local knowledge and expertise to identify and prioritise risks and put in place plans to mobilise local skills and resources in response to an emergency. 

​In order to increase resilience within your local community (before, during and after emergencies) and to link into the Isle of Wight Council’s  and emergency services’ emergency response structures, consider developing your own Community Emergency and COVID-19 Outbreak Plan.

You may find useful the following downloadable documents: 


CommunityEmergency-CovidOutbreak Plan Template

Members of the Community Resilience Project team will be happy to provide you with all the assistance you may need to create your own community emergency plan. Please contact the Community Resilience Coordinator in your area or the Community Resilience Project Manager.


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