The Isle of Wight is all about community

Community spirit can be found in the rural and urban areas on the Isle of Wight. We’ve gathered together stories that explicitly focus on the Island’s community to share with you.

They might be about a new volunteering scheme, charitable event or grants for local groups. If you have some community information you’d like to share with our readers, get in touch.

More chances to win Isle of Wight Festival tickets

IW Festival 2014 by Sara Lincoln

The Isle of Wight Society for the Blind are running a prize draw for a pair of Isle of Wight Festival tickets. It's just £20 to enter.

Friday, 29th May, 2015 12:25pm

By Alex Dinneen

Why not take part in the Dash and Splash this summer?

People running on the beach

This sounds like a great summer challenge that many people would be able to take part in - and a chance to support the Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat at the same time.

Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 9:59am

By Sally Perry

Sign up to the Lifeboat Lotto and support your local lifeboat

Freshwater Inshore Lifeboat

This week’s numbers revealed. Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month.

Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 9:05am

By Sally Perry

HM Coastguard looking for volunteers

HM Coastguard

Do you want to volunteer and make a difference? Have you got what it takes to be a Coastguard? To search. To rescue. To save.

Tuesday, 26th May, 2015 3:18pm

By Heather Skull

‘Sydney’ Squirrel finds home in Shide

Sydney squirrel

This great looking squirrel carving was funded by a local resident, with public liability taken on by the parish council

Friday, 22nd May, 2015 4:30pm

By Tracy Underwood

£10,000 worth of festival tickets donated to Island charities

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Ferris Wheel - Simon Haytack

20 charities on the Isle of Wight have been awarded a pair of Festival tickets which they can use to fundraise in the next couple of weeks.

Friday, 22nd May, 2015 4:17pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Vote for Chelsea Flower Show garden that’s heading to the Hospice

Matthew Wilsons chelsea flower show garden

Vote today from 1pm for the Royal Bank of Canada garden in the BBC People's Choice awards. It's being relocated to the Island’s Hospice so would be great if it won.

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 12:48pm

By Sally Perry

Win a pair of IW Festival 2015 tickets by supporting local charity


Island-based charity Independent Arts is holding a prize draw with a pair of weekend camping tickets to IW Festival 2015 up for grabs.

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 11:38am

By Caroline Ash

Work begins to repair vandalism and neglect at Frank James Hospital

Frank James

It's fantastic to see that significant work will now be starting to repair the damage caused by vandalism and years of neglect at the former Frank James Memorial Hospital.

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 9:09am

By Steven Goodman with 7 readers' comments

If you spot a colony of bees swarming call the IW Beekeepers Ass.

Bees pollinating:

If a colony of bees has taken up residence in your home, please call the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association who can safely re-home them for you.

Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 5:19pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Find out what it means to be a volunteer with St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance :

Behind the scenes insight into volunteering with the nation’s leading first aid charity.

Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 9:26am

By Kate Rutsch

Join the Lifeboat Lotto and help your independent inshore lifeboat team

Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat crew:

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month.

Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 7:25am

By Sally Perry