Wildheart Holiday Club has transformed!

Do you love having fun and learning about animals? Look no further than our Holiday Activities & Food Holiday Club here at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary!

Our sessions include:

  • A healthy snack and lunch provided
  • Enrichment making for the animals
  • Chance to learn all about animal and habitats
  • Animal themed craft activities
  • And much much more!

Summer Dates 2024 (Provisional)

July 29th & 30th, August 1st, 2nd/ 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th/ 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th/ 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd.

9:00am – 13:00pm

Lunch & Activity plan for Summer Dates: COMING SOON

Aimed at children of 11-16 years

  • FREE for those in receipt of benefits-related free school meals*
  • £35 per child per session for those who are not eligible for free funding

*The HAF programme funding is primarily for school aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM).

Benefits-related FSMs are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits and have a claim verified by their school or local authority.

Other eligible groups:

  • Children with Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Children and young people known to social care
  • Children of recognised refugees with no recourse to public funds
  • Other children with SEND (special educational needs or disabilities)

For more information email: discovery@wildheartanimalsanctuary.org with the subject header “Wildheart HAF”

Christmas Dates 2024 (Provisional)

December 22nd & 23rd/ 29th & 30th

Information for families that may be struggling:

Cost of Living Support

  • Isle of Wight Council; has lots of information on the cost of living web pages
  • Support can also be accessed on 01983 823134.
  • Citizens Advice Isle of Wight can help with debt, benefits, legal advice and much more, their advice is free, confidential, and independent.
  • They can be contacted on 0800 144 88 48 or enquiries@iwcab.org.uk.
  • The Footprint Trust can offer free advice and can be contacted on 01983 822282.
  • The government Help for Households website has information about help with childcare costs, benefits and many other schemes.

Community Pantries and Larders

Families can join a community pantry or larder for £5 a week and receive over £15 worth of food. Membership is free and anyone can join. Contact details for the island pantries and larders are below:

  • 01983 296592 East Cowes Community Pantry
  • 07961 959003 Ventnor Community Pantry
  • 01983 563732 Ryde Community Pantry
  • 07300 329610 Pyle Street Pantry, Newport
  • 01983 248170 Pan Community Larder (for East Newport residents only)
  • 01983 716020 The Aspire Mobile Community Pantry available:

-Monday 10.30am to 12.30pm at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes, PO31 7ER.

-Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Lighthouse Church, Sandown, Hope House, Fort St, Sandown PO36 8BA.

-Friday 3.30am to 5.30pm at West Wight Sports & Community Centre, Moa Place Freshwater PO40 9XH.

Further Information on community pantries and larders can be found on the Community Pantry web pages.

Warm Spaces

There’s a great network of Warm Welcome Spaces across the Island. These friendly spaces are run by the community for the community. In a Warm Welcome Space families might find support and advice, tea and coffee, other refreshments, games, crafts and they’ll always find a friendly face and someone to chat to.

Information on the locations, days and times of warm spaces can be found on the Warm Spaces web pages.