ABOUT US

Who Are We?

Osel Enterprises was formed in 1988 to provide training and employment for people with disabilities living on the island.

We work closely with social services, families and carers, providers of services and other organisations to meet the needs of the island.

Osel consists of four enterprises, Wight Crystal, The Way Forward Programme, Working Towards Wellbeing and Living Well.

When you purchase water from Wight Crystal you are supporting The Way Forward Programme and everyone who uses this service.

All proceeds are reinvested back into the company to provide opportunities requested by the users, this ensures that The Way Forward Programme continues to be able to deliver a rewarding user lead service for everyone involved.

The Way Forward Programme was formed to promote welfare and development opportunities for people with learning and physical disabilities and others who need support to maintain good mental health.

 

Based at 25 Daish Way in Newport, the programme works closely with a wide range of organisations.

The dedicated staff are always looking for new and exciting experiences for people to become involved in and will provide each individual with the highest standard of care and support.

The Way Forward Programme is determined to continue to develop high standards of support for people with a disability across the island by allowing people the opportunity to achieve their goals, grow in independence, confidence and build on self esteem.

Home of Wight Crystal Spring Water

The Isle of Wight is the largest island of England and is often said to be England’s smallest county. The Isle of Wight is roughly diamond-shaped and covers an area of 380 km2.

Slightly more than half of the island, mainly in the west, is designated as the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Located in the English Channel, about 3–5 miles off the coast of Hampshire; the Isle of Wight is separated from “the mainland” by a stretch of water called the Solent.

The Isle of Wight is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county. Since the abolition of its two borough councils in 1995 and the restructuring of the county council as the Isle of Wight Council, it has been a unitary county. With a single Member of Parliament and 140,500 permanent residents in 2010, it is the most populous parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom.

Fun fact – IOW is the home of the Isle of Wight Marathon – which has been run continuously since 1957 making it the longest running marathon in the UK.

The island has many resorts which have been holiday destinations since Victorian times.

Over the years the Isle of Wight has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House in 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 of Wight is a hotspot for internationally renowned events and hosts annual festivals including Cowes Week – one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events, the Bestival, the Isle of Wight Festival, which, in 1970, was the largest rock music event ever held and the world renowned Garlic Festival.

The island has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

Although many of our Wight Crystal customers are Island based, we do also supply mainland companies including Condor ferries in Poole and Wightlink in Portsmouth & Lymington. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more.