Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID Community Grants and Residential Care Settings

Covid-19 vaccination

Are you are a provider of care and support, or a front-line worker within Social Care?  If yes and you have a question about vaccination or need support to access vaccination, please contact us by emailing: Vaccination@iow.gov.uk

Connect4communities scheme

The connect4communities scheme is a community-based scheme. It is provided by the Isle of Wight Council, working with community, voluntary and charity partners. This Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) funds this scheme.

The scheme aims to help families and individuals who are facing hardship because of COVID-19.

The connect4communities grant is now open for applications until the 5 March 2021.

All funding must be spent by 31 March 2021.

Principles of the funding

As part of our connect4communities programme, we want to make funds available to enable Town and Parish councils, community, voluntary and charitable organisations.  This funding will expand or supplement existing services to support vulnerable households. 

The funding is intended to benefit households struggling to afford food and other essential items as a result of COVID-19.

This funding will mean the organisations can provide help with essential items such as warm clothing, bedding. 

As grant funding is released, these local organisations will be added to the Islefindit directory 

Who can Apply

Town and parish councils, community, voluntary and charitable organisations and third sector organisations. These organisations must be able to support and help families and individuals who are facing hardship because of COVID-19.

How to Apply

To make an application for your organisation please visit: www.connect4communities.org

Help through Crisis Scheme

Help Through Crisis (HTC) aims to assist Island residents who are in genuine hardship. 

People who need further support this winter on the Island can apply online at Islehelp.me - Help Through Crisis.

If you need help to apply please telephone the ‘Help Through Crisis team’ at Citizens Advice IW on 01983 823859 during business hours.

Covid community fund round three

The Covid community fund is now open for applications from 15 February until the 31 April 2021.

Grants of up to £2,500 are being made available to town & parish councils, voluntary & community groups and charities.

The funding is to help support those residents classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) who are on the NHS Shielded Patients List and also other vulnerable residents.

Funding is available to help residents access shopping & medication deliveries and receive basic support during the current period of national restrictions (lockdown).

Please see the list of medical conditions which defines clinically extremely vulnerable groups.

What can this fund be used for

Funding from this the grant is to support operational costs only. In accordance with government guidelines it cannot be used for the direct provision of food unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Emergency food requirements should be directed through the Citizen’s Advice Help Through Crisis provision. Grant can be used to deliver the following for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and other vulnerable residents:

  • Wellbeing – social contact, providing reassurance, check-ins, vaccination appointment transport, welfare calls and suicide prevention.
  • Practical needs – shopping & medication deliveries, domestic tasks including dog walking, gardening, post office errands, personal care and home maintenance

Who is this fund available to

Charities and not for profit organisations. Town and Parish Councils on the Isle of Wight can also apply. They must be responding to community wellbeing support and emergency shopping needs. Local groups with no bank account or Third Sector business status should seek to affiliate themselves with a local group or council.

Who is this fund not available to

For-profit businesses.

How much can be applied for

Organisations can apply for a grant up to £2500.

Outline Principles of the fund

Through the application process the group will be linked into the council’s COVID Community Response Cell. If the application is successful the group may be contacted to support residents that have called the council’s COVID Helpline (01983 823600) or those that have contacted a local community hub.

Reasonable operating costs and fuel used for support transport can be covered by the fund, subject to keeping travel logs and reimbursement of mileage to a maximum of 45p per mile (HMRC rate).

How to Apply

To make an application for your organisation please email c19fund@iow.gov.uk with the following details:

  • Name of the organisation
  • Address of the organisation
  • Name of the lead person
  • Contact telephone number
  • Amount of funding you wish to receive (up to £2500)
  • Area covered for support by the community group
  • In 500 words – how the grant would be used to support clinically extremely vulnerable and other vulnerable residents including if possible evidence of demand.

Terms and conditions will apply. Once your application has been approved you will be asked to sign the Terms of Funding Agreement. You will also be contacted for bank account details for payment.

Guidance for Islanders who are clinically extremely vulnerable 

View our guidance for Islanders who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.

Isle of Wight Council telephone support helpline 

The Council telephone support helpline is available to support our most vulnerable residents affected by coronavirus self-isolation measures.

COVID-19 Care home support plan

There are 73 care homes on the IoW and 36% have experienced COVID-19. As of the 18 May 2020, 18 care home residents have tragically died where it is known that they were COVID-19 positive. Each of these 18 people were beloved by their families and friends and our commitment to their legacy is that we work as system with our care providers to prevent further infection, minimise any spread between residents and staff and support the brilliant care home workforce.

Find out more information about the council's Care Home Support Plan.

Residential care settings

We are in regular contact with care settings across the county and are issuing frequent updates as well as guidance on managing health and safety in care settings, illness prevention and where to go for support. Detailed information and advice is available on the Government’s web pages.

Director of Public Health Position Statement and Guidance to ensure safe care home visiting on the Isle of Wight

The current advice of the Isle of Wight Health Protection Board is that care home visits can go ahead where appropriate safeguards are in place to limit the risk of COVID-19 as outlined in national guidance. There may be exceptions in some locations that take specific circumstances into account. Visits in The Isle of Wight Council’s own care homes are taking place with measures to protect our residents, staff and visitors. View the Position Statement.

Personal Protective Equipment

There has been a lot written in the media about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current pandemic. The Government has issued new national guidance on infection prevention and control.

The guidance includes updated information for those working in residential care settings; of particular use will be the recommended PPE guidance.

In addition to the PPE guidance their is further advice on infection prevention and control precautions, where there is sustained transmission of COVID-19.