Support for Islanders

Living safely with COVID-19

Please continue to look after yourself and your loved ones. If you need extra support, there are organisations on the Island who can help. 
Find out more about living safely with COVID-19

A food voucher scheme is available on the Island. Check to see if you’re eligible and apply on this website.

Food support
have no money for food

If you, or someone you know, has no money for food, help is available. 

Community Pantries

Join the community food pantry scheme supported by Isle of Wight Council and enjoy a wide range of food to keep your kitchens stocked up. You need to become a member to take part. For £5 a week, members receive over £15 worth of fresh, frozen, tinned and dry food.

East Cowes Community Pantry
Community Spirited, Vectis Road, East Cowes, PO32 6HN
01983 296592

Opening hours are:
Tuesday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Ventnor Community Pantry
Baby Box, Victoria Street, Ventnor, PO38 1EJ
07961 959003

Opening hours are:
Tuesday and Thursday, 2pm to 4pm
Saturday, 12pm to 2pm

Ryde Community Pantry
Oakfield CE Primary School, Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1NE
01983 563732

Opening hours are:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
3.00pm to 4.30pm

If you can’t get to these places, please talk to the pantry about whether delivery service is available.
You don’t have to use the pantry every week.
Get more information about the scheme and the other pantries that are planned on this website.

Help with shopping

Your health and wellbeing

The Isle of Wight Community Mental Health Support Hub provides advice and support for Islanders. This NHS website has useful mental health information.

The NHS COVID-19 pages have a lot of useful health information about the virus, and what to do.

Advice for people at higher risk of COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable) from and

If you need help from a GP, use your GP surgery’s website, use an online service or app, or call the surgery.

For urgent medical help including mental health support, use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you’re unable to get help online.

Domestic abuse advice

Someone to talk to

Samaritans offer a friendly ear on the end of the phone 24 hours a day – and it’s free.
Tel: 116 123

Many local community hubs are offering telephone ring rounds and befriending through their volunteers.

Age UK IW offer telephone or digital befriending and wellbeing checks.
Tel: 01983 525282

Wightcare offer a Telecheck service that provides regular welfare calls from our friendly and experienced team.
Tel: 01983 821105 or email Prices from £5 per week for up to 7 calls.

Butterflies Bereavement Telephone Support
Tel: 01983 619503 or 07889009393

Carers IW – support for the Island’s carers
Tel: 01983 533173     

Mountbatten Keep Connected Helpline provides a friendly voice to chat to.
Tel: 01983 533331 

Mountbatten offers bereavement support to all Islanders. 
Tel: 01983 217297 between 10 am and midnight 7 days a week.

Suicide Prevention & Intervention IOW are trained and skilled in suicide prevention and intervention. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tel: 01983 897331

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