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.

Closer working partnership forged between Island hospices

Mona, Nigel and Rafaella

The close relationship between the two island Hospices gives each of them the ability to share experiences, knowledge and possibly enhance each other’s training abilities.

Thursday, 30th June, 2016 9:26am

By Emma Topping

Newport flower beds given a Mediterranean flavour

newport flower beds

Newport Parish Council approached Rob Mew to see if the Isle of Wight College Horticulture students and staff could help prepare a permanent planting scheme.

Wednesday, 29th June, 2016 4:01pm

By Maxine Yule

Food outlets encouraged to create Carnival specials

crave - ice creams

Food outlets in Ventnor are being encouraged to create special dishes for the Carnival, which takes place in mid-August. Prizes will be awarded for the best creations.

Wednesday, 29th June, 2016 11:40am

By Tony McCarthy

Lucky win for Isle of Wight man in Walk the Wight holiday competition

Walk the Wight

A man from Isle of Wight who took part in Walk the Wight this year has won a free holiday. Find out more and how you can send your sponsorship money in.

Tuesday, 28th June, 2016 2:24pm

By Emma Topping with one comment

Join the adventure to help ‘Change a Life’

st georges scouting

Volunteers to help deliver Scouting to young people at St. George's Special School in Newport are sought. Can you spare the time to get involved?

Tuesday, 28th June, 2016 11:18am

By Kelly Reay

Over £11,000 raised for Ability Dogs 4 Young People charity

sainsburys ablity dogs fundraising

Great work by staff at Sainsbury's in Newport and Sandown and well done to all the customers who donated over £11,000 in the last year to the Ability Dogs 4 Young People Charity.

Tuesday, 28th June, 2016 8:35am

By Tanya Blake

Sunflower studies bring smiles all round

Every student in St George's school in Newport have planted a sunflower seed in a huge polytunnel which they have now planted in the gardens at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Monday, 27th June, 2016 11:02am

By Emma Topping

Celebrating 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Duke of Edinburgh:

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holders got together recently for a celebration, including the first male and female holders.

Monday, 27th June, 2016 9:06am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Tracey will be losing her locks to help bring Sophie home

Tracey Wilson

Tracey Wilson has been tirelessly fundraising to help the family of six year old Sophie Gully, who recently had a brain tumour removed. Next week she'll be having her very long hair cut off in order to raise more money.

Wednesday, 22nd June, 2016 7:59am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Local charity takes creative writing projects to school and care home in Ryde

henry bear on tour

An unwanted teddy bear for sale in a charity shop has been used to help bridge the between young and old in this inter-generational creative writing project.

Tuesday, 21st June, 2016 8:01am

By Hannah Griffiths with one comment

Our reality is the one we live …. in real life

jumping silhoettes

Despite the calls on social media of "what's the Island coming to?", Zoe Thompson believes there are lots of really positive projects on the Isle of Wight, making a difference to many Islanders' lives.

Monday, 20th June, 2016 7:54am

By Zoe Thompson with 12 readers' comments

Are you related to one of the three Isle of Wight suffragists?

suffragists carrying arrows to denote prison status

Three women from the Isle of Wight signed the 1866 Women's Suffrage Petition, the first mass Votes for Women Petition submitted to Parliament. Hannah Griffiths is keen to see whether any readers can help fill in the gaps of her research.

Friday, 17th June, 2016 1:25pm

By Hannah Griffiths with 7 readers' comments