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Isle of Wight Council

County Hall High Street Newport PO30 1UD
Phone: 0198 3821000
Web Site: www.iwight.com

The Isle of Wight, known to the ancient Romans as Vectis, is a county and the largest island of England, located in the English Channel, on average about 3 to 5 mi (5 to 8 km) off the coast of Hampshire, separated from Great Britain (referred to by its residents as “the Mainland”) by a strait called the Solent.

Its history includes a brief status as an independent kingdom in the 15th century. Until 1995, like Jersey and Guernsey, the island had a Governor. Home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes, the island has a maritime and industrial tradition such as boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the world’s first hovercraft and the testing and development of Britain’s space rockets. The Isle hosts annual festivals including the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival and the recently revived Isle of Wight Festival, which, in 1970, was the largest rock music event ever held. The island has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe. Its quickest access from Great Britain is from Southsea (Portsmouth) by hovercraft, while four main ferries shuttle across the Solent.

My Life A Full Life programme is an initiative to work in partnership with local people, voluntary organisations and the private sector to deliver a more co-ordinated approach to the delivery of health and social care services for older people and people with long term conditions on the Island.  This approach to partnership working is perfect for HomeCareDirect as we believe bringing all services together is the best way for people to get the most out of their care at home.  We’d love to talk to you about how we could help you choose your own carers and take control of your care at home so please get in touch with us.


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