Godshill Village Store’s Vince Elkington and Jacqui Rimini celebrate their government grant. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
JUST 18 months after taking it over, the bosses of Godshill Post Office and Village Store are celebrating a £10,000 government grant to help elderly and housebound people in the community.
Vince Elkington, 47, and his partner, Jacqui Rimini, 41, are one of just 25 post offices out of a national network of 11,000 which have won the cash from the government’s Community Enterprise Fund.
The couple’s bid involved drawing up a plan to turn the post office and shop into a community hub where elderly and housebound people can find out about services on the Island.
The scheme will include advice on health and care, activities and events, and befriending services to tackle isolation.
Jacqui said: "We could not believe it. We were just amazed we had got the money." The government’s minister for communities, Stephen Williams, said: "Post offices are becoming community hubs, getting local people and businesses involved with each other, learning new skills and sharing information. Today is a big step forward with 25 areas becoming even more active.
"Christmas is a time when people can feel particularly isolated and the problem is most acute among the elderly, so while all these schemes will benefit the whole community, I also want to congratulate those schemes that are particularly aimed at helping the elderly."
Post office chief executive, Paula Vennells, added: "The post office is at the heart of communities across the country and our sub-postmasters understand how they can make a real impact on their customers’ lives."