MICHAEL LILLEY

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for Communities and Environment

Support this Winter for IW Residents!

Source ? - Ryde Merry and Bright Event

Please see below the latest useful information from IW Council that could help you, family, neighbours and friends. There is specific support for recent residents affected by floodingNovember 2023 flood support (iow.gov.uk) – see more information below.

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:

  • horse-riding
  • tennis
  • football
  • creative play
  • arts and crafts
  • swimming
  • day trips
  • theatrical fun
  • 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.

Get all the details about the Holiday Activities and Food scheme

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Enter our Festive £50 prize draw

Please share this information with residents.

Take part in our Festive £50 prize draw and you’ll be in with the chance to win one of five £50 supermarket vouchers.
Supported by our free Multiply maths courses, just answer five maths questions and be in with a chance to win!

The draw closes next Monday 4 December.

Enter the prize draw today!

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Getting help with childcare costs

Thousands of families are missing out on help paying for childcare. Please make sure your residents use the online childcare support checker to make sure they’re getting all the support they can.

Warmer Homes Funding

Some homes on the Isle of Wight may be eligible for Warmer Homes funding. Warmer Homes is an energy efficiency programme that can provide a range of fully-funded energy efficiency improvements subject to eligibility

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 enquiries@iwcab.org.uk. 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. 

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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 Pantry
Community 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 Pantry 
Baby 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


The Pyle Street Pantry, 98 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UH
pylestpantry@gmail.com
Opening hours:
Wednesday 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm

Pan Community Larder for East Newport residents
Downside Community Centre, Furrlongs, Newport, PO30 2AX.
01983 248170
Opening hours:
Tuesday and Friday 12pm to 2pm

Find out more about getting hold of affordable food on our website
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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.

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Find out how Wightcare can help

Do you worry about your own or a loved one’s safety when at home alone?

Wightcare provides a 24 hour emergency response service, so there is always someone to help when you need it. Wightcare gives you the confidence to be independent in your own home, as well as giving your family peace of mind.

Wightcare can offer a lifeline to independence with the help of assistive technology. It’s suitable if you:

  • live alone
  • want to remain independent in your own home
  • are worried about a loved one’s safety
  • are living with a long-term health condition or disability
  • have recently returned from hospital

Wightcare’s customer survey results showed that 98.3% said having Wightcare gave them more confidence, made them more independent in their home and made their loved ones feel reassured.

If you’d like to gain independence in your own home or give your loved ones peace of mind, get in touch with the Wightcare team on 01983 821105 or wightcare@iow.gov.uk.

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The annual police precept consultation

The annual police precept consultation, launched by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, closes on Sunday 10 December. The Commissioner is asking local residents to complete an online survey and provide feedback on how the police precept part of their council tax is spent

Recent Flooding in Ryde

Grants are available for those who had flooded homes and businesses – November 2023 flood support (iow.gov.uk)

For those who experienced flooding recently see below:

Council launches investigation into severe flooding
An investigation into the severe flooding across many parts of the Island has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council. Flooding from Storm Babet and Storm Ciaran in October and November led to blocked roads and submerged properties after the Island was hit by spells of torrential rain.

The council has now started an investigation to better understand the causes and any factors that may have influenced the severity of the flooding. The work is being carried out under the requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

The first part of this work is collecting evidence from residents, businesses and private bodies with flood management responsibilities affected by or involved in the response to the flooding.

Natasha Dix, service director waste, environment and planning said: “It is essential that we look into the causes and impacts of the flooding that occurred following the storms in October and November. Many residents were adversely affected and much distress and damage to properties resulted.

“We know that a large number of residents have already applied for flood recovery grants that are available and I hope as many residents as possible will take the opportunity to contribute to this investigation.

“The information people supply will be crucial to helping us understand the impact of the flooding on the local community, and will help us to consider potential options to take preventative steps and to mitigate the risk of similar flooding occurring in the future.”

Residents affected by the flooding during Storm Babet and Storm Ciaran are encouraged to fill in the flood investigation form on the council’s website where more information can also be found.

Any relevant supporting evidence, such as photographs, records of emergency service attendance and insurance claims, can be sent to s19investigations@jbaconsulting.com Please complete the forms and send in your evidence by Friday 22 December 2023.

Residents who have already applied for flood recovery grants do not need to complete the forms as their information and evidence has already been processed.

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