Please see below for some updates we are sharing with residents.
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Residents can apply now if their home or business was flooded as a result of Storm Babet, 19 to 25 October.
Was your home or business directly affected by recent flooding? our website if you were affected by flooding as a result of Storm Babet between 19 and 25 October 2023.Apply now for financial support on
Please send us as much information as possible. You can upload supporting evidence like photographs of the damage when you apply. We may also need to visit your property.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01983 823111.Do you need help with your application? Please email
If you would like to apply face to face, The Ryde Help Centre in Ryde Library is open today, Wednesday 15 November from 10.30am to 7pm to help people fill out their applications. The help centre will be closed between 2.30 and 3.30pm.
You can make an appointment to meet someone at the Newport Help Centre by calling 01983 823111.
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Do you have residents who would like to pay less for reliable broadband?
The government has been working with companies to offer cheaper reliable broadband and mobile phone packages. These deals are available to people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits.Some deals are as low as £10 per month, so a simple switch could save you £202 a year against the average yearly cost of broadband.
Christmas Holiday activities and food scheme
Do you know someone eligible for free school meals?The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) scheme is back during the Christmas holidays. The programme provides activities and meals for young people eligible for benefits related free school meals during the holidays. Activities on offer (with a couple more to be added) include:
- creative play
- arts and crafts
- day trips
- personal development skills (for secondary school pupils)
Every programme offers a free nutritious meal and snacks each day. Free places are available for children who receive benefits-related free school meals. Some places are also available for other vulnerable families.
Free mutual exchange event for social housing tenants who rent on an assured tenancy basis. Please share.Island HomeFinder free mutual exchange event, where we can start to help you find a home that meets your needs.Is your home too big or too small? Come along to our
Wednesday 29 NovemberDrop-in sessions between 10am and 2pm Lord Louis Library, 44 Orchard Street, Newport PO30 1LL
Register your interest by emailing: email@example.com or call 01983 823040.
Cost of Living support
Use our cost of living web pages to see what’s available near you. You can also call us on 01983 823134.
Contact Citizens Advice Isle of Wight on 0800 144 88 48 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their advice is free, confidential and independent. They can help with debt, benefits, legal advice and much more.
Contact The Footprint Trust for free advice or call them 01983 822282.
Use the connect4communities website to see what other support is available in your area.
The government Help for Households website has information about help with childcare costs, benefits and many other schemes.
Community pantries and larders are free to join
- Community pantries are free to join.
- Anyone can use them to top up their weekly shop – you don’t need to be on benefits.
- Join a pantry and for £5 a week, receive over £15 worth of food.
- You don’t need a referral, contact your nearest pantry directly to join.
East Cowes Community PantryCommunity Spirited, Vectis Road, East Cowes, PO32 6HN 01983 296592 Opening hours: Tuesday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Ventnor Community PantryBaby Box, Victoria Street, Ventnor, PO38 1EJ 07961 959003 Opening hours: Tuesday 3pm to 6pm Saturday 11am to 2pm
Ryde Community Pantry
Oakfield CE Primary School, Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1NE 01983 563732 Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Newport Community Pantry
email@example.comOpening hours: Wednesday 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pmThe Pyle Street Pantry, 98 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UH
Pan Community Larder for East Newport residentsDownside Community Centre, Furrlongs, Newport, PO30 2AX. 01983 248170 Opening hours: Tuesday and Friday 12pm to 2pm
Find a Warm Welcome Space
There’s a great network of Warm Welcome Spaces across the Island. These friendly spaces are run by the community for the community.
In a Warm Welcome Space you might find support and advice, tea and coffee, other refreshments, games, crafts and you’ll always find a friendly face and someone to chat to.
There’s a list of Warm Welcome Spaces on our website.
These are from Community Action IW’s e-newsletter. It’s worth signing up for as it has a good round up of funding opportunities available.
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK for projects connecting people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.