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.

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New Learning Forum relaunched on the Isle of Wight

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

dinosaur labyrinth

Step back in time with this new Diplodocus 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.

Carol and Bob Bridgestock

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

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.

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

New team in place to help individuals and communities

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.

June Badger and Mr Nicholson

Cash boost for Hospital Friends thanks to legacies

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

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Ferry firm seeking charity nominations

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.


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.

Red Sqwrl performing at quay arts

Isle of Wight musicians all set for the Winter LudFest

The King Lud is hosting a day and evening of live music, with all musicians donating their time free of charge, to help raise money for the IW Young Carers ‘My Time’ project.

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Nine days left for Big Art Auction. Have you bid yet?

The second Big Art Auction has some fantastic pieces of work that you can bid on. Money raised from the auction will go towards building a robust concrete skatepark on Ventnor’s eastern esplanade.

Josh Jones

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Granted £25,000 ‘Impact Award’

The Island-based Ellen MacArthur Trust is one of 63 charities that will receive the £25,000 award from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat crew:

Do the Lifeboat Lotto: Help a vital charity and you could win up to £5k

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.

Campfire sessions

Campfire sessions are your chance to get involved in ‘Shaping the Bay’

Share your ideas about how to improve the Bay by joining in at the The Campfire Sessions & Firepit Forums. Check the dates and pop them in your diary.