A pilot project will run across six areas of the Isle of Wight, after Mountbatten was awarded a Hospice UK grant.

Mountbatten’s “Responsible Communities” project will support older people over the next eighteen months.

Ventnor, Shanklin, East Cowes, Newport, Freshwater and Ryde will all see the development of volunteer community champions.

Those involved will be encouraged to get out and about in their communities.

A meeting will being held at the hospice between 11 am and 12 pm today (Wednesday).