Support from community organisations, HSF

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These are the organisations that have received grants so far.

IW Carers

What is on offer?

Support to unpaid carers on the Island is available through the IW Carers charity to support with essential clothing items, travel, medical equipment promoting independence and kitchen appliances that will help to reduce energy costs.

How do I apply?

Contact IW Carers on 01983 533173 or

When is it available?

1 June 2023 to 31 March 2024


What is on offer?

Pensioners already supported by Age UK or those requesting support will be provided with hygiene packs to assist with essential items such as incontinence products, soap and wipes.

Who is eligible?

Island residents of pensionable age can request support if you are not already supported by the charity.

How do I apply?

Contact Age UK by telephone: 01983 525282

When is it available?

19 June 2023 to 31 March 2024

Organisations that have received funding

These organisations have received funding to deliver schemes up to March 2024. Contact them directly to find out more.

OrganisationAreaFunding receivedOffer of supportContact details
Aspire Ryde
All Island
£3,092Working alongside Two Saints, Aspire Ryde will be supporting rough sleepers, those that are sofa-surfing or at risk of homelessness with a daily provision of hot meals and hot drinks.  They will also be supporting them with thermos flasks, a camping cooker and warm clothes in emergency situations, along with washing powder, oral hygiene packs, shower facilities and personal hygiene items.
01983 716020
Aspire Ryde
All Island
£11,508Aspire Ryde will be running a community kitchen that will continue to assist those in need with a warm meal and a hot drink on a twice-weekly basis.  They would also like to provide twice-weekly cookery sessions for groups of up to 4 people using conventional ovens, microwaves and pan hob cooking.  Meals will be taken home by participants.
01983 716020
Aspire RydeAll Island£15,750The ‘Wheels2Work’ scheme hires electric bikes out to members of the public requiring transport to interviews, education or work.  The bikes can be hired on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
01983 716020
Aspire Ryde
All Island
Deliver several forms of support over the winter months including 400 precooked frozen meals to individuals unable to cook for themselves, in addition to 100 precooked frozen meals to families in need, ensuring they have a good quality, nutritionally balanced meal each day. They will also provide 100 hampers, with a value of £20 each, containing essential items such as food, toiletries, sanitary products and essential household items. Their warm space will offer a hot drink and meal one day per week over the winter period to around 30 residents which will run alongside the provision of their Bags of Warmth scheme which would see 100 residents provided with items such as hats, gloves, thermal mug and hot water bottle helping to benefit recipients not only this winter but over winter for several years.
01983 716020
Aspire Ryde
All Island
Providing a series of 10 sessions on how to make your own baby food. Blender and other equipment also provided. Delivered from their central hub in Ryde.
01983 716020
Aspire Ryde
All Island
Offering a course of cookery sessions showing how to make healthy meals using a slow cooker. All ingredients and slow cooker provided. Delivered from their central hub in Ryde.
01983 716020
Baby BoxAll Island£10,000Offering Island households essential items such as baby formula, food nappies and clothes.
Breakfast in the Bay
Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor
Providing breakfast essentials to school for pupils in need, in addition to food packages during school holiday periods.

Bridges at the Apex Church
A series of cookery sessions teaching how to cook on a budget. Food will be provided along with the recipe cards.
07859 365586
Community Rail Partnership
Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor
Delivering food boxes and hot meals to those that can’t access the gaslight café Lunch Club. The Café lunch club has also been funded.
07595 670101
Community Spirited
East Cowes
Providing struggling households in East Cowes with food parcels, clothes and shoes, heat retaining products such as fleece blankets and draught excluders in addition to slow cookers, air fryers, soup /smoothie makers and microwave appliances, alongside cookery sessions to help them use the equipment and fresh fruit and vegetables to use at home. They will also provide females of menstrual age with hygiene packs and run a bereavement support group to support recently bereaved residents become self-sufficient and reduce costs. Identified residents will also receive a series of community pantry vouchers.
01983 296592
Cowes Town Council
Cowes£5,000Providing food vouchers to residents living in Cowes. Application needed.
01983 209022
Daisy ChainsAll Island£8,675Assisting financially vulnerable families of pre-term infants or children with a long-term or life-threatening illness or disability with the cost of ferry travel to the mainland and helping some of those families with an air-fryer for a quick, healthy meal on return from their travel.
07801 424645
Daisy Chains
All Island
The Charity will provide a Christmas hamper, containing essential food items, hats, scarves and fluffy socks to the families they work with.
07801 424645
Dover Park Primary School
Purchasing weather appropriate clothing that can be used in school by pupils who turn up without appropriate provisions.
Friends Hotel
Providing a Christmas dinner to those placed at the hotel over the Christmas period.
01983 403429
Green IOW
All Island

Offering cookery sessions aimed at cooking on a budget where small kitchen appliances such as an air fryer will be issued following the lesson.Home visits are available to discuss energy saving techniques.

Drop in advice clinics are being run in community buildings.

07725 999487
IW Learning ZoneAll Island
£3,000Supporting families who electively home educate their children with cookery sessions, teaching them to cook healthy, affordable meals and provide fruit and vegetables fir them to use at home, along with a bean-bag ‘wonder bag’ cooking utensil.   A swap-shop will also be established allowing these families to swap clothes and shoes.
Isle of Wight College
All Island
Multiple week community pantry vouchers are provided to those in receipt of Free College Meals. Emergency food and hygiene packs will be provided to vulnerable students.
01983 526631
Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council
Newport & Carisbrooke 
Renewing their food voucher scheme, providing a voucher to vulnerable residents in Newport & Carisbrooke that are not eligible for a centrally issued voucher.
Newport Congregational Church
Newport£16,000Extending the heat hub provision and kindness cupboard, providing food hampers, hygiene packs and warm clothing. The Living on the Veg project run in conjunction with the neighbouring Catholic Church will also be expanded over the winter months.
07300 329610
Northwood Parish Council
Northwood£10,000£50 ALDI vouchers are available to residents in need living in Northwood -  application needed.

Oakfield CE Primary School
Providing breakfast to children in receipt of Pupil Premium. Also offering a selection of winter coats, air fryers and £25community pantry vouchers to eligible households.
01983 563732
Osel Enterprises T/A Way Forward
All Island
Providing food hampers, warm packs and weekly cookery sessions to identified households.
01983 520128
Ryde Town Council
Providing food vouchers to eligible residents in Ryde via an application process.
01983 811105
Sandown Town Council
Supporting 3 warm spaces in the area with funding for food and refreshments.
01983 408287
Sensory Space
All Island
Providing food and hygiene hampers. Evidence of DLA is required.
07773 570505
Southern Housing Group
All Island
Through partnership with the Footprint Trust, cooking lessons will be run for tenants, also providing a free appliance and the food relating to items used in recipes in the lessons.
07764 405019
Sovereign Network Group
All Island
Supporting the Community Pantry network by providing funding for 6weeks membership to 156members across the Island, at a cost of £10 per member helping to provide sustainability to the pantries as well as support their residents. Also providing energy saving packs including window film, draught excluders and lightbulbs along with advice from their Energy Outreach Project Officers. An additional 78households are able to receive a warm pack including hot water bottles and thermal socks etc.
0300 500 0926
St Helens Community Centre
St Helens
A community fridge will be established in the village to help reduce food waste and the community centre will also expand their warm space coffee afternoons to provide light lunches.

SupperReadyAll Island£17,830.89Providing IW College students, eligible for Free College Meals with weekly food packs, approved by nutritionists. These packs will provide an evening meal for students after a day at college.
Cooking classes for young people aged 11-18yrs with their parents and siblings. Ingredients are delivered to each participating house and the lessons undertaken via zoom.
07552 236067
Two Saints
All Island
Providing start-up packs to Island residents who have been moved back in independent living accommodation following homelessness. Packs include a bed, beddings, microwave, cutlery and crockery among other items.
07725 413576
Two Saints
All Island
Supporting rough sleepers across the Island with items such as a tent, sleeping bag, bus tickets, launderette tokens, a mobile phone in addition to food grab bags and ID applications and items to help if emergency accommodation is provided.
07725 413576
Vectis Housing Association
All Island
Offering food vouchers or food parcels to tenants of Vectis Housing Association struggling with the cost of living
Vectis Housing
01983 525985
Ventnor Foodbank
Funding has been provided to help meet demand, through the purchasing of food, toiletries, and sanitary products.
07862 247694
Ventnor Town Council
Providing food vouchers to residents living in Ventnor. Application needed.
07932 890679
Westridge Adult Learning
Any adult learners attending a course, can take a free meal bag if required. Toiletries and sanitary products are also supplied.
01983 817280
West Wight Timebank
West Wight
Offering households in the West Wight a weekly delivery of food using rescued food, and a monthly hygiene package. Families are identified via a referral process.
07872 304294
Wroxall Woolies
Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor
Knitting items such as blankets and warm items for residents at an Island care home. Funding has also been granted to purchase food for the warm space in Wroxall.
01983 854219
Wroxall Food Bank
Funds provided to help with the demand for food at the village food bank.
07443 569577
Wroxall Parish Council
Supporting 47 households in the community with a range of food, hygiene and warm items made into hampers dependent on the resident’s individual need.

All Island
Assisting new residents with a moving-in pack including items such as a duvet, pillows, bedding, baby toiletries etc. They will also be providing in-house cookery sessions along with the ingredients to their residents.
01983 862441