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.

Community projects across the Island to benefit from IW Foundation grant funding

Daisy chains receiving cheque from iw foundation

A charitable trust founded in 2014 by Island Roads will award £80,000 of grants this year to worthy Isle of Wight charities.

Monday, 30th November, 2015 6:45pm

By Claire Robertson with one comment

Martin Poynter’s sons to turn on Fire Station’s Christmas Lights

newport fire engine - iwc

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a community event where they will be joined by the Island's ambulance service and Hampshire Police.

Monday, 30th November, 2015 12:06pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

All welcome to ‘Service of Celebration, Love & Memories’


This can be really difficult time of year for those who've lost loved ones, so the remembrance service will allow people to come together and seek comfort at Christmas time.

Monday, 30th November, 2015 11:46am

By Sally Perry

Emergency Wardens now a reality for Newport thanks to grant

lood sign by the side of a flooded road in the south of England

Newport Parish Council has been praised and rewarded for their proactive approach in preparing the community for potentially severe weather.

Monday, 30th November, 2015 8:37am

By Danny Faulkner with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Guiders honoured for 100 years of service

Julia (L) & Rose

The National Scout and Guide Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey recently honoured two Isle of Wight volunteers.

Monday, 30th November, 2015 7:37am

By Suzanne Whitewood

New Learning Forum relaunched on the Isle of Wight

union learning

The re-launch of the learning forum is proving popular with local unions and members.

Friday, 27th November, 2015 10:29am

By Sally Perry

Step back in time with this new Diplodocus Labyrinth

dinosaur labyrinth

Ventnor Enhancement Fund has temporarily marked a labyrinth in the shape of a dinosaur on grass over the cliffs west of Ventnor, on the site of what was the Open Air Theatre.

Friday, 27th November, 2015 8:46am

By Mike Gaukroger

Isle of Wight authors donate audiobooks to IW Society for the Blind

Carol and Bob Bridgestock

The library of audiobooks at the Isle of Wight Society for the Blind in Newport will be considerably enhanced with a donation of audiobooks by local authors, Carol and Bob Bridgestock, aka RC Bridgestock of DI Dylan fame.

Wednesday, 25th November, 2015 9:40am

By Carol Bridgestock

New team in place to help individuals and communities

Image: (L-R) Steve, Adam and Rich

A new team working to provide person-to-person support for individuals and families is already making a difference in areas of the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 24th November, 2015 1:28pm

By Andy Hollebon with 4 readers' comments

Cash boost for Hospital Friends thanks to legacies

June Badger and Mr Nicholson

Almost £69,000 has been left to the Friends of St Mary's Hospital from two legacies.

Tuesday, 24th November, 2015 8:03am

By George Chastney with one comment

Ferry firm seeking charity nominations

20 pound notes :

If you know of a charity that could do with some financial help next year, Red Funnel are urging local charities to apply for the chance of teaming up in 2016.

Monday, 23rd November, 2015 12:27pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Can you spare any blankets for the Isle of Wight homeless shelter?


Drop off your spare blankets at Sainsbury's in Cowes and they will pass them onto the Isle of Wight Homeless Shelter ready for the beginning of December.

Thursday, 19th November, 2015 11:32am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments