Updated 02/02/2021


A one-stop-shop for local help and support



connect4communities is a new initiative developed by Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council in collaboration with partners, with funding from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The purpose of this programme is to support vulnerable families during the winter as the coronavirus pandemic continues and help ensure children and young people do not go hungry or without essential items.

If you are struggling to pay for necessities like food and fuel because of the impact of COVID-19, on this page you can find sources of local support available in your area.

You will also find details below about local organisations, restaurants, food retailers and charitable organisations who may be able to offer support, including those who can offer financial management or debt advice.

This information will be updated regularly as we learn of new services and offers so it is worth returning here to see what is new.

For more information on connect4communities please visit islehelp.me/connect4communities

  • Action 4 Support

West Wight Time Bank is to supply weekly fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to approximately 40 families in the Freshwater area.

Contact: West Wight Time Bank – Sally Gaeta – info@wwtb.org – 07872 304 294

  • Aspire Ryde

Contact: Steve Johnson

Tel: 01983 716020 / 07397 217 882

Providing Food via our Free Food Stand & Kindness Cupboard, Bags of Warmth and Home Cooked Frozen Meals

  • Breakfast in the Bay

Contact: Alan Jones

Tel: 01983 427923

Providing breakfast food to children and a number of schools across the south of the Island.

  • Citizens Advice IOW

Tel: 01983 823859

Email: helpthroughcrisis@iwcab.org.uk

Visit the Help Through Crisis Page by clicking here

Providing support to families with utility bill debts, or struggling to put food on the table.

  • East Cowes Town Council

Will be  offering a variety of support for 64 families and 24 isolated individuals. Support to include food vouchers, Half Term food hamper/food gift vouchers to support families on the cusp of eligibility for free school meals or with younger non-school age group children. Also funds for utilities and female health care products.

Contact: Sue Chilton – clerk@eastcowestowncouncil.co.uk – 01983 299082

  • Footprint Trust

To provide funding for fuel, repair and supply of white goods (including heating systems) and a support system to provide guidance over the phone on use of heating systems and wise use of utilities.

Contact: Ray Harrington-Vail – ray@footprint-trust.co.uk – 01983 822282

  • Free Food Sandown

To deliver health meals to support approx.100 families and care packages with essentials items. Guidance to co-ordinate with the other funded groups in the area will be provided.

Contact:: Dott Perett, megcampo@yahoo.com – 07849 714 689

  • Homestart

Will distribute food vouchers and gas/electric top ups to approximately 50 families that are registered with their service who are in need during this crisis.

Contact: Alison Griffiths on 01983 533357 or email admin@homestartiow.org

  • IOW Community Rail Partnership

Contact: Bobby Lock

Tel: 07583897693 / email solentcrpbobby@gmail.com

Also, please visit our Facebook Page for up to date information.

Providing meals to local families and individuals in the community

  • IOW Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

The funding will be used to provide Christmas food hampers and utility bill and general financial support for around 12 families and ten individuals.

Contact: Anne Axford – anneaxford@gmail.com – 01983 562454

  • Pan Together

They will deliver 100 hot lunches (20 per week) to approximately 15-20 families with vulnerable children and young people on the cusp of eligibility for free school meals.

Contact: Rachel Thomson – rachel.thomson@pantogether.org.uk – 01983 248170

  • Sandown Bay Hub

Contact: Richard Priest

Tel: 01983 408287

Food hampers/vouchers to families identified as families in need.

  • Sandown Football Club

Contact: Barrie Wade

Tel: 01983 862686

Food parcels will be distributed to local families and the elderly.

  • West Wight Sports Centre

To deliver hot meals to approximately 50 families and vouchers to be used for food or essential items to vulnerable families.

Contact: Clare Griffin – Clare.griffin@westwight.org.uk – 01983 752168

  • IOW Law Centre Ltd

To support 54 households with children and 10 individuals for vouchers for gas and electric costs.

Contact: Matt Thatcher – matt.thatcher@iowlc.org.uk – 01983 524715


*Whilst Citizens Advice IOW makes every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information contained in the Directory, the information is presented “as is” without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.  You should not assume that the information is error free or that it will be suitable for the particular purpose you have in mind for using it.  The information should not be relied upon as a substitute for formal advice from the originating bodies.To view the full disclaimer please follow this link:islefindit.org.uk/disclaimer

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