Cost of living crisis over the festive season
We are continuing to work with stakeholders and local organisations to support Islanders during the crisis.
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Please find attached to this email a pdf with opening times for Citizens Advice, Isle of Wight Council help centres and more. Please share it with your residents.
A full run down of changes to Isle of Wight Council opening times is on the council’s website.
We have a number of new warm spaces listed on our website, some of which are open over the Christmas period at different times. Get more info: warm spaces on the Isle of Wight.
Christmas Day meals and company
Some places are open on Christmas Day for a shared meal and company. Some are open on other days throughout the holidays.
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Staying well over the festive season
The following advice remains. Please encourage people to stay as safe and well as possible this festive season.
If you’re planning to meet family and friends over the festive period, there are some things we can all do to stay safe and protect ourselves and loved ones:
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Urgent plea from the NHS to ease pressures
Dedicated health and care teams continue to do all they can to ensure patients receive safe, high-quality care – but they need our help amid sustained pressures across the board.
Help us help you. As always, your NHS remains open and here for you. If you are concerned about your health, feel you are getting worse or need help, please come forward.
You can help by:
- www.nhs.uk/wintervaccination to find out more
- Healthier Together app for advice if you have children or carer responsibilities. The app can help you decide whether you can self-care at home or if you need help, which service is best for the needs of children aged up to 18. It also provides advice and guidance for pregnant women.
- NHS 111 online to symptom check whether you need further advice or can self-care at home safely
- NHS website has information on signs and symptoms of conditions including Strep A, what to look out for and what to do in an emergency
More information on which service to use and when is available here. This includes mental health care and dentistry as well as urgent treatment centres.
Industrial action impact on Lymington branch line
Islanders and visitors planning to use the train that runs from Brockenhurst to Lymington before taking the ferry to Yarmouth (or the other way) should plan for disruption to their journey.
South Western Railway (SWR) has confirmed there will be no train services on the Lymington branch line between Sunday 18 December and Monday 2 January 2023. There will be two more 48 hour strikes on 3, 4 and 6, 7 January when there will be no trains to Lymington or Portsmouth.
This is due to industrial action.
People travelling are advised to check their route before setting off using the SWR website. There are links through to live journey planner that shows maps of operating routes for the various days.
Bluestar route 6 buses between Lymington and Brockenhurst will be operating. Check their website for specific info about the Christmas and New Year period.
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Thank you for your support