AN ISLE of Wight based support group is offering a free shopping and delivery service to the vulnerable.

Socialising Buddies — the brainchild of husband and wife managing directors Mark and Charlotte Kelly — currently supports more than 60 clients, offering a range of individual and group activities, in addition to cultivating life skills such as cookery and money handling.

Mark said: "We have been supporting people for six years. Now, in this awful pandemic we are all facing, people are understandably very worried about relatives and if they will get the support they require.

"We are offering a shopping service with free delivery to the elderly and vulnerable, and have a supply of toilet rolls we are giving away in pairs to each person we help. Our staff are all practicing safe social distancing, are DBS checked and covered by insurance."

Socialising Buddies has an educational van in place which provides a safe space for one-to-one clients to study while schools and other facilities are closed.

If anyone requires support or feels they, or someone they know, could benefit from the services offered by the company, the organisers can be contacted via the Socialising Buddies Facebook page or phoning them directly on 07960 194888.