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Connect 4 Communities

(Updated 26/04/2022)

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What is connect4communities?

The connect4communities programme manages a range of initiatives which aim to ensure that vulnerable families with children and individuals do not go without basic necessities such as food, fuel and warmth.

In collaboration with community partners, it is led by Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education.

This winter the Household Support Fund has been distributed by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support households in the most need with food, energy and water bills. This fund is in operation from 6 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

For enquiries from the IOW email [email protected]

Please find below the community grants that have been awarded through the DWP Household Support Fund (connect4communities).

Age UK IW

Location: Newport Brief overview of project: Delivering winter warmer support packages to older residents in need. These packages include items such as draft excluders, oil-filled radiators, heated blankets, fleeces, warm clothing and thermos mugs. They will also install and repair boilers, white goods and smaller kitchen appliances. Grant awarded: £17,184

Aspire, Ryde

Location: Ryde Brief overview of project: As pandemic restrictions have eased and many volunteers have returned to work, the Shop and Drop scheme provides transport to those in need of getting to the supermarket, also offering collection of shopping, prescriptions to those who continue to shield but struggle to use online delivery services. Grant awarded: £510

Aspire, Ryde

Location: Ryde Brief overview of project: Providing an after-school food and music programme for children who may not have access to a hot, healthy, nutritionally balanced meal. Offering food preparation cookery classes followed by music activities and a sit-down meal. Grant awarded: £3,045

Aspire, Ryde

Location: Ryde Brief overview of project: The Take One, Leave One scheme helps those in need of warm clothing. Clothes rails have been left outside Aspire buildings for people who can to donate an item of warm clothing, which can be taken by those in need. It is hoped the scheme can be extended across the Island. Grant awarded: £2,728

Baby Box Isle of Wight

Location: Ventnor Brief overview of project: Assisting vulnerable households on the Isle of Wight with topping-up utility key meters, purchasing and distributing food, warm clothing, bedding and essential kitchen appliances. Grant awarded: £20,000

Breakfast in the Bay

Location: Sandown Overview of project: Supply of cereals etc. to children in need, particularly for the February half-term period Value of grant: £520

Chale Parish Council

Location: Chale Brief overview of project: Providing food parcels and a pop-up shop to the community, in addition to assisting those in fuel poverty with top-up vouchers. Grant awarded: £5,000

Community Spirited Cafe

Location: East Cowes Brief overview of project: Assisting those in the community who are struggling with increased living costs by way of food vouchers, assistance with utility costs. Also offering a delivery service to members of the community who are self-isolating. Grant awarded: £10,000

Cowes Town Council

Location: Cowes Brief overview of project: Providing food vouchers to families identified as in-need. Grant awarded: £1,000

Free Food Sandown

Location: Sandown Overview of project: A cooked Christmas meal was distributed to those in crisis on Christmas Eve, along with a food supermarket voucher ensuring food was available over the Christmas period. Grant awarded: £2500

Footprint Trust

Location: Newport Brief overview of project: Assisting vulnerable households and those in fuel poverty with the top-up of pre-pay meters, provision of energy-efficient white goods, essential household items to keep warm e.g. duvets, emergency heaters etc. and contributing towards the cost of solid fuel or LPG. Grant awarded:£53,662.50

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue

Location: Islandwide Brief overview of project: Providing safe and well visits to households where a need is identified. Winter warm packs will be provided to those identified. Oil heaters will be provided to those where the primary source of heating is not available. Extension lead given to residents where overloaded sockets are identified. Grant awarded: £1,919

Pan Together

Pan Together Location: Newport Brief overview of project: Delivering meals to those in need and undertaking shopping on their behalf, where necessary. Focussing on families on the cusp of eligibility for Free School Meals and giving hot lunches to vulnerable adults. Prescription collection services also available. Grant awarded: £6,450

Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida

Location: Ryde Brief overview of project: Benefitting families affected by the disability with food hampers, food vouchers and utility bills, warm clothes and bedding. Grant awarded: £27,740

Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership

Location: Sandown Brief overview of project: Delivering an increasing numbers of vulnerable families with food parcels, and a hot meal to isolated elderly individuals. Grant awarded: £66,479

Sandown Town Council

Location: Sandown Brief overview of project: Providing a food package for local families at half-term, working in partnership with local schools, churches and other local groups. Grant awarded: £6,000

Shalfleet Primary School

Location: Shalfleet Brief overview of project: Supporting some of the most vulnerable families ensuring children are warmly clothed, have warm bedding, facilities to have a warm dinner and a warm home environment over the winter months. Grant awarded: £1,170

South Wight Area Youth Partnership

Location: Ventnor Brief overview of project: Offering online, fortnightly, cookery sessions to children age 11-18 and their families, delivering the ingredients to homes who will then participate in the group cookery session. Grant awarded: £2,618.00

Ventnor Town Council

Location: Ventnor Brief overview of project: Providing co-op food vouchers in January and February to vulnerable households identified by local charity groups, and white goods / small household heating items to families identified by The Footprint Trust. A weekly Luncheon club will also be established over the winter months. Grant awarded:£24,900

West Wight Timebank

Location: Newbridge Brief overview of project: Working with the Real Junk Food Project to supply short-shelf life and ambient food, fresh bread and homemade pickle / jam to local vulnerable families identified by other community organisations. Grant awarded:£1,900

Yarmouth CE Primary School

Location: Yarmouth Brief overview of project: Supporting some of the most vulnerable families ensuring children are warmly clothed, have warm bedding, facilities to have a warm dinner and a warm home environment over the winter months. Grant awarded:£3,048

YMCA Lodge

Location: Shanklin Brief overview of project: Supporting families they have worked with over the last year with heating, clothing or food items. Grant awarded: £1,100

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