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Support with the cost of living This winter, many people who have never had to ask for help before will need support. All Islanders can get help with the cost of living. Get info and links about benefits, support with food, bills and debt and warm spaces on the cost-of-living section on our website. Call the Citizens Advice line for free: 0800 144 88 48 or go to citizensadviceiw.org.uk The Footprint Trust can help with energy saving. Contact them on 01983 822282 or footprint-trust.co.uk General Island support, advice, events: www.islefindit.org.uk Information about cost of living support on the UK government website: helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk Mental health support: iwmentalhealth.co.uk Medical help and mental health support: call 111 or NHS 111 Find out about help and support available for Islanders on our website
Free activities and a hot meal for young people During the Christmas holidays free activities and a hot meal are available for children and young people of families getting income-related free school meals. Thanks to funding from the Holiday Activities and Food Programme there are schemes across the Island for young people to take part in. From wall climbing and a trip to the panto to horse riding, theatre skills, sports coaching and more – there’s something for everyone. Activities are for school children from reception up to age 16. Some programmes offer places you can pay for if you’re not eligible for a free place. Get more information and find out how to book on the council website
Free car parking on 3 December Get free off-street parking in all Isle of Wight Council long-stay car parks between 12pm and 6pm this Saturday 3 December. To support Small Business Saturday – which aims to promote the important role small businesses play in our towns and the island economy – we are offering free car parking in our long stay car parks. Find Isle of Wight Council long stay car parks
Shop local with the Wight Gift Card Why not shop local this Christmas and treat friends and family (or yourself) to a Wight Gift card? Enjoy the best of the Isle of Wight with the Wight Gift Card that gives you the freedom to shop at some of the Island’s best restaurants, boutiques, craft shops, bars, and so much more in store and online. When you don’t know what to buy, the Island wide gift card makes a great gift for any occasion. Cards values are entirely up to you, starting from just £5. Find a list of shops taking part and buy a card on the
Wight Gift Card website
What’s on at Medina Theatre this December Discover all the festive delights that Medina Theatre has to offer this December. From Christmas with Blake, A Tennessee Country Christmas to the classic Christmas panto (as well as one just for the grown-ups!). There is something to entertain every member of the family!
To keep up to date with upcoming shows and see more from Medina Theatre, you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok! Find out more and
book tickets at www.medinatheatre.co.uk
Free maths courses Multiply is a new government-funded programme that offers easy access to free numeracy courses and initiatives. The courses can help you brush up your maths skills and help you become more confident with numbers, whether you need help in managing your bills, budgeting or you want to improve your potential at work. If you’re aged 19+ and do not already have a GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) in maths, Multiply is available to you. Courses and workshops are now available via our Adults Community Learning Service at various locations across the Island. Find out more and
book on the Isle of Wight Council website.
Isle of Wight winter vaccinations update Vaccinations for COVID-19 and flu can offer protection against getting seriously ill and spreading infection to others. They save lives and help keep people out of hospital. Catching COVID and flu at the same time increases the risk of getting seriously ill. It is important that those at greatest risk come forward for all the vaccines they need to protect themselves and those around them. You can get your free vaccine by Responding to a message from your GP inviting you to get vaccinated. Calling 119 between 7am and 11pm daily to book an appointment or booking online (Covid-19). You may be offered appointments at the Riverside Centre, St Mary’s hospital or a community pharmacy. Going to a walk-in clinic for the COVID-19 jab. A list of these is on this NHS website Popping into a pharmacy for a flu vaccine Do you need help with booking a COVID jab? Call the Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline on 0300 561 0018 (Open between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm at weekends). The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to: all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022 all primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6) those aged 6 months of age upwards in a clinical risk group pregnant women those aged 65 years and over those in long-stay residential care homes carers in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person who may be at risk if the carer gets sick those that live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone living with HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis) frontline health or social care workers (that do not have access to occupational health) Get information about NHS winter vaccinations Isle of Wight Council County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1UD
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30 November 2022
30 November 2022