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.

Will you win the Lifeboat Lotto jackpot?


Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month and you'll be helping local independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 27th July, 2016 11:26am

By Sally Perry

Local girl has five days left to meet fundraising target to help Tanzanian children

maasai children in school

Tia has five days to raise another £1,200 so she can go out to Tanzania in October to help refurbish a school in the Ngorongoro District in Tanzania, East Africa. Can you help?

Tuesday, 26th July, 2016 11:31am

By Sally Perry

Aerial drone video highlights vital role of Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat

sandown and shanklin independent lifgeboat - richard manser safe site

This aerial drone video, shot by Richard Manser, aims to raise awareness for the Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, which relies totally on public donations to survive.

Monday, 25th July, 2016 2:05pm

By Sally Perry

Volunteer marshalls needed for the 2016 Ventnor Carnival

ventnor illuminated carnival - chi bellami

Can you spare some time to volunteers as a marshall for the 2016 Ventnor Carnivals? They take place on 10th and 13th August.

Monday, 25th July, 2016 11:28am

By Tony McCarthy

Students awarded for achievement and progress

Julia Banachowska age 15 receiving her award from Dame Janet Paraskeva

The Rt Honourable Dame Janet Paraskeva was the guest speaker and presented Ryde Academy students with awards at their presentation evening earlier this month.

Monday, 25th July, 2016 8:57am

By Nat Nelson

Cowes Week charity concert for National Coastwatch at The Needles

voxpop choir

Enjoy a few hours of singing by the Vox Pop and Rock Choir, who'll be joined by the Champagne Ladies Choir from Cornwall.

Friday, 22nd July, 2016 11:55am

By Sally Perry

The One Show joins the search for Robbie Gibson

robbie gibson montage

Next Monday will be six weeks since Robert (Robbie) Gibson was last seen on CCTV in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. The search for Robbie will move onto our TV screens on Monday's episode of The One Show.

Friday, 22nd July, 2016 8:58am

By Sally Perry

Let’s get this washed up teddy back to its owner!

Do you recognise this Teddy? Do you know anyone who has lost a Teddy in last month - or earlier? Let's help get this Teddy reunited with its owner.

Friday, 22nd July, 2016 7:55am

By Sally Perry

Supermarket’s Community Budget encourages healthy eating

St George's School has received a donation of gift cards from Sainsbury’s Isle of Wight store in Newport, which helped to fund healthy eating ingredients.

Thursday, 21st July, 2016 3:58pm

By Tanya Blake

Primary school supports ‘20’s Plenty’ campaign for Newport

Newport Parish Council are spearheading a campaign to bring 20mph to the streets of Newport.

Thursday, 21st July, 2016 3:28pm

By Danny Faulkner with 10 readers' comments

3, 2, 1 … geese us an ‘Ahhhh’

canadian geese

If you need something to make you go 'ahhhh' today, this is it. Adorable video capture of around 70-80 young Canadian geese in Hamble today by Hants Police Marine Unit.

Tuesday, 19th July, 2016 1:58pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Brownies do their bit to help Ebola orphans

girl guides july 2016

On hearing the plight of Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone, Isle of Wight Brownies decided to collect books and stationery equipment for the children.

Tuesday, 19th July, 2016 9:36am

By Suzanne Whitewood with one comment