Cost of living tips from the Isle of Wight Council – Promotional Feature

  • Cost of living tips from the Isle of Wight Council – Promotional Feature

About this deal

Get support with the cost of living

The winter months can be really difficult. Please do ask for support if you’re struggling with:

  • Paying bills and debts
  • Buying food
  • Heat your home
  • Support your family
  • Manage your own wellbeing and mental health

Help is available on the Island.

Citizens Advice provide free, independent, confidential advice about housing, relationships, debt, tax credits, welfare benefits, employment, immigration and health and community care.
0800 144 88 48

Need help with energy and water efficiency info, general money saving, benefits and debt? Contact:

The Footprint Trust
01983 822282

The government’s Household Support Fund, managed by Isle of Wight Council is supporting local organisations to provide support to residents.

Go to our cost of living web pages for more information and links.

Community pantries and larders including a new mobile community pantry!

Join a community pantry or larder and for £5 a week, receive over £15 worth of food. Membership is free and anyone can join.

01983 296592 East Cowes Community Pantry
07961 959003 Ventnor Community Pantry
01983 563732 Ryde Community Pantry
07300 329610 Pyle Street Pantry, Newport
01983 248170 Pan Community Larder (for East Newport residents only)
01983 716020 The Aspire Mobile Community Pantry:

  • Monday 10.30am to 12.30pm, Northwood Cemetery, Cowes, PO31 7ER
  • Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm, The Lighthouse Church, Sandown, Hope House, Fort St, Sandown PO36 8BA
  • Friday 3.30am to 5.30pm, West Wight Sports & Community Centre, Moa Place Freshwater PO40 9XH

Isle of Wight community pantries and larders are supported by the government’s Household Support Fund

Get more information on our website

Warm Welcome Spaces

If you’re feeling chilly, lonely or just want to do something different, head to a Warm Welcome Space. There are Warm Welcome Spaces right across the Island. They all provide something different including: support, refreshments and meals, chats, newspapers, games, puzzles and of course a very warm welcome!

Find a Warm Welcome Space near you.

Make sure you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to

Lots of people who are eligible miss out on benefits and support with things like:

  • Childcare costs
  • Help with rent and mortgage payments
  • Council tax support and housing benefits
  • Help with your water bill
  • Help with mobile and broadband costs

Getting a small amount of one benefit may open up your entitlement to other support.

From April 2024, government childcare support is expanding. Go to for more information and to apply.

Get more information about help with money worries on our website

Discover the Family Hubs and Centres on the Island!

Do you know about the Family Hubs and Centres that are here to support you and your family? They are places where you can find a variety of services and activities for you and your children, from pregnancy to 19 years old (or 25 years old for those living with special education needs and disabilities). You can pop in anytime to the Family Hubs, which are open five days a week, or visit the Family Centres, which have different opening hours. Each Hub and Centre is based on the needs of the local community, so some services may differ. But they can offer:

  • Maternity support
  • Health visiting services
  • Advice on getting into work
  • Speech and language support
  • Antenatal and parenting programmes
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Baby stays and plays and other support groups

February half term fun

Head to our museums, libraries and leisure centres and help keep everyone entertained!
Family friendly fun at our museums

* Monster Match Clay Days at Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Road, Newport, PO30 1HA.
Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 February, 9.30am to 3pm.
£1 per person includes admission and all activities. Booking not required.

* Rodeo Riders craft activity, Museum of Island History, Guildhall, High Street, Newport, PO30 1TY.
Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 February, 10am to 1pm
Adults £1, Children 50p, includes entry to the museum. Booking not required.

Dive into the fun at 1Leisure
Come for a swim and splash in our pools at The Heights and Medina Leisure Centre. Join us every Sunday from 1pm to 2pm at Medina Leisure Centre. Our pools come alive with an array of floats and balls, it’s a great way to help keep the kids entertained. Come make a splash and create lasting memories with 1Leisure this half term!

Not just books
Family activities, Warm Welcome Spaces, crafts for all ages, audio books and much, much more. Our libraries are about more than books – although if you’d like to do some reading, they’re definitely the place to go!

Find out more about other free and low-cost things to do on the Island this half term

Community grant funding from the Household Support Fund is open for applications

Applications are now open for Island community and voluntary organisations, town, parish and community councils to apply for the final round of community grant funding to support Islanders with the cost of living.

We are looking for:

  • Schemes providing immediate support to residents
  • Innovative, sustainable schemes that could be seed funded
If your schemes can offer this and knowledge and skill sharing that residents can use in the future, that would be even better!
A couple of the other current schemes include:
  • Slow cooker cookery lessons with Aspire Ryde
  • Living on the Veg at Newport Congregational Church
  • Bereavement support group Community Spirited
  • Cooking on a budget lessons with Bridges at the Apex Church

The community grants are paid for from the current grant round from the Department for Work and Pensions Household Support Fund which comes to an end on the 31 March.

Applications close 12pm 9 February 2024.

Find out more and apply for grant funding

Make sure you’re Weather Ready

Are you prepared for severe winter weather? From keeping yourself and your family well to taking care of your home and staying safe while out and about, the Met Office advice pages provide guidance on how to be prepared this winter.

Get Weather Ready

Warmer Homes

Did you know that the Isle of Wight is part of the Warmer Homes programme?

If you are eligible, you could receive fully funded energy saving improvements for your home like insulation, air source heat pumps and solar PV panels.
These improvements can:

  • help lower your energy bills
  • keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

Get more information on freephone 0800 038 5757. On the Island, you can also contact The Footprint Trust on 01983 822282

Get more information on the Warmer Homes website.

Tax credits are ending

If you’re currently on tax credits including Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be writing to you with a Universal Credit Migration Notice. The notice will explain what you need to do to apply for Universal Credit.

You must apply for Universal Credit within 3 months and 1 day of getting your letter, you will not get it automatically.

Apply as soon as soon as you receive your letter to make sure you get things sorted as quickly as possible.

Get more information from the government website


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