Victim Support

Our friends at Victim Support are holding a drop-in day on June 1 for anyone who may be interested in finding out more about the charity or volunteering.

The Volunteer Open Day will be held between 12pm and 2pm at Victim Support Offices, 6 Albert Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2QA, for any further information, emailenquiries@victimsupport.im or call 679950.

Housing Handed Over

A new £12.6 million social housing development in the centre of the capital has been officially handed over to Douglas Borough Council. The project, delivered by Douglas Borough Council in partnership with developer Dandara, is providing 66 new apartments on Peel Road.

As well as providing housing for those in need, the landmark scheme will improve living standards in the capital for existing tenants. In total, 20 of the apartments will be allocated to families on the waiting list with a further 46 families moving from existing accommodation.

Council Leader Claire Wells said: ‘This is a special moment which showcases civic pride and demonstrates the Council’s 100 per cent commitment to delivering social housing developments for our tenants, working in partnership with other agencies and listening and responding to residents’ needs. It is very much a team approach, a long-awaited scheme which further strengthens a sense of community and long-term economic resilience of the capital and has been achieved through the hard work of our officers and partners. Many thanks to all involved.’

The future of the old Lord Street flats will be revealed at a later date…

Litfest

This autumn will see the long-awaited return of Manx Litfest, following a two-year absence due to Covid restrictions. The festival will mark Litfest’s 10th anniversary and will run from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th September.

It will involve an exciting array of events, including some established favourites – Quiz Night, Writers’ Day, Schools’ Day, the Poetry Slam and the Short Story Slam – as well as talks and workshops led by well known authors, both local and from further afield.

Helen Jessopp, Litfest’s Events Coordinator, said: ‘We are excited to see the festival return to the calendar. It has been a difficult last couple of years, but we are really looking forward to savouring the Litfest buzz again.

‘There are a couple of things that will be different from previous years. First, the festival will likely be a smaller affair, in terms of the number of events and authors we have involved, as we look to get Litfest established again. Second, whereas each previous festival has been held across the Island, in order to simplify the logistics for our organising team and our volunteers, this year’s festival will take place in the south, with Port Erin and Port St Mary as its hub, the intention being to focus on different areas of the Island in future years.’Further details will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled, as events and guest authors are revealed over the coming weeks and months.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the festival should drop us a line at manxlitfest@gmail.com.