Support at Christmas

Get support with the cost of living at Christmas

Support with the cost of living is available for all families. Not all support is means tested.

Cost of living support 

Supportive organisations

If you're not sure where to go for help these organisations offer support and advice.

Citizens Advice Isle of Wight

Citizens Advice Isle of Wight. Call 08001448848 to talk to someone. 


Find out how the government's Household Support Fund can help you and other Islanders on the connect4communities website


Citizens Advice Help to Claim line: 0800144 8444

The Government provides a free and anonymous benefits calculator. Use it to check what benefits you could be entitled to.

Energy bills

Contact The Footprint Trust for energy saving advice and more. Call 01983 822282 to talk to someone. 

Mental health

Use Isle of Wight Community Mental Health and NHS 111 online to get support with your mental health.

If you need someone to talk to access our list of organisations providing telephone support.

Information from Mind about Christmas and your mental health.

Christmas Holiday Activities and Food scheme

The Holiday Activities and Food scheme is available this Christmas. It's for children who receive free school meals but there are also some paid for places available. Discover lots of different activities for all ages including teens. Everyone who attends gets a nutritious meal during the day. 

Free and low cost things to do on the Island

List of free and low cost things to do on the Island

Christmas Day meals and other festive events

Men Only IOW, 134 High Street, Ryde PO33 2RJ
Open on Christmas Day between 10 am and 4pm for men and their families. Lunch will be served 12pm to 2pm, donations welcome. Booking not necessary but would be helpful.

Open Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 December 10am to 2pm. Closed January 1 and 2 2024.


West Wight Community Christmas Day Lunch, Holy Family Centre, St Saviour's, Totland, PO39 0HE
If you're alone at Christmas, share a joyful Christmas Day lunch with other people from the local community.

£5 per person, transport (in the West Wight) can be arranged. Booking essential.

Call 01983 759662 to book.

Christmas Lunch at West Wight Sports and Community Centre, Moa Place, PO40 9XH
Christmas lunch with all the festive trimmings, £16.50 per person.

Available 12pm to 1.30pm on 11, 13 and 15 December

Call 01983 75268 to book or at West Wight Sports and Community Centre reception.

Festive Heat Hub at Newport Congregational Church, 98 Pyle Street, Newport PO30 1UH 

Open 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 December from 10am to 4pm. Friendship, warmth and a hot meal every day. 

Festive Quiz, 1pm on 27 December 2023. Timings are approximate.