We’ve launched a new initiative for voluntary and community organisations to extend the help they provide to families and individuals who are facing hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Working with community, voluntary and charity partners the second phase of ‘connect4communities‘ aims to support people, primarily families with children over the winter.
Voluntary and third sector organisations are being encouraged to get involved with connect4communities and apply for grants online. These funds will help those in need with food, energy and water bills and essential items such as warm clothing, bedding or slow cookers – for households who do not have basic cooking facilities.
People who need further support over the Christmas period on the Island should contact the ‘Help Through Crisis team’ at Citizens Advice IW on 01983 823859 during business hours or apply on the Islehelp.me website.
The ‘connect4communities’ programme will be delivered across the Island through a range of sources including schools and voluntary groups. Support includes:
vouchers/payment cards for fuel, energy and water bills;
expanding the Christmas school holiday support, for the school holidays in 2021 to include providing a daily hot meal and fun, educational activities/playschemes;
supporting organisations to help vulnerable households through community grants;
a connect4communities online directory for residents to search by postcode to find where they may be able to access financial and other support and subsidised food.
Support available over festive period
If you need help or support over the festive period, someone will be available to listen, to empathise and reassure.
Each of these helplines will be operational 24 hours a day across the entire festive season – including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Coronavirus helpline: 01983 832600
Samaritans: 01983 116123
Mountbatten’s Keep Connected helpline (offers friendly volunteers who can share your troubles and experiences): 01983 217297.
The graphic shows the COVID-19 statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by Public Health England on 14 December 2020 including data up to 13 December 2020.
The graphic shows:
1,026 – The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
16 – The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
11.3 – Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the Island.
It is vital we all continue to follow the government guidelines during national restrictions: hands, face, space.
Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser regularly.
Wear a face-covering where appropriate.
Keep space from other people; two metres or at least one metre apart.