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.

Tom takes on Iron Man Challenge to help special schools in Ghana and Ventnor

special school in tamle ghana - tom george

Tom George has already been out to the village in Ghana where a new special school is being built, but next week he'll be taking on the Iron Man Challenge in Venice to help raise money for that and another special school in Ventnor.

Thursday, 26th May, 2016 7:52am

By Sally Perry

Magic numbers draw for Isle of Wight Festival tickets returns

IW Festival 2014:

You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry will cost you £5. The prize is a pair of Isle of Wight Festival weekend camping tickets worth almost £400.

Wednesday, 25th May, 2016 12:18pm

By Tim Morris

Join the Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000

Fan of 20 pound notes

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, 25th May, 2016 10:20am

By Sally Perry

Ventnorian heads to Ghana to help those in need

anita young -

Anita Young gave up a good job on the Island and headed out to Ghana to help build a school and volunteer ten weeks of her time to the community.

Wednesday, 25th May, 2016 9:37am

By Sally Perry

Frank James Hospital: All welcome to summer gathering

Frank James Midsummer Gathering

The group of volunteers who have been clearing and securing the former hospital in East Cowes for the past few years met again on Sunday. Steven Goodman reports back.

Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 5:48pm

By Steven Goodman with 5 readers' comments

Pop Up Soup Kitchen taking campaign to the Isle of Wight Festival

jacket potatoes

The Isle of Wight Pop Up Soup Kitchen is heading to the Isle of Wight Festival in June to spread awareness of the project and raise much needed cash to see them through next winter.

Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 12:12pm

By Trevor Blaney

Isle of Wight Rainbows and Brownies have an adventure at Wonderland

wonderland brownies and rainbows

Rainbows and Brownies from around the Island had the chance to make lasting friends whilst enjoying the excitement of a Wonderland Adventure.

Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 7:14am

By Suzanne Whitewood

‘Geek Club’ fundraise for mental health charity, MIND

Ryde Academy Geek Club

There are around 30 pupils in the Ryde Academy Geek Club, and they recently raised almost £200 for mental health charity MIND.

Monday, 23rd May, 2016 12:42pm

By Nat Nelson with one comment

Community skate club almost in lead for Jewson comp

john cattle's skate club

John Cattle's Skate Club are very close to being in the lead and could end up winning vital help from Jewsons to renovate their permanent base. Do it for the kids. Vote today!

Monday, 23rd May, 2016 12:07pm

By Sally Perry

Oddfellows’ double donation to kick-start new fundraising year

Vecta double Donation

The Isle of Wight branch of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Island’s YMCA Young Carers Project were both beneficiaries of donations from Local friendship group, the Oddfellows.

Monday, 23rd May, 2016 11:02am

By Naomi Fulwood

Young bag packers raise over £800 for school

Godshill primary pupil

As well as raising much-needed funds for the school, these pupils from Godshill Primary had great fun dressing up for their bag packing sessions. Lovely to see such smiley, happy faces.

Friday, 20th May, 2016 9:25am

By Rachel Wild with one comment

Community rallies around after charity break-in: Can you help as well?

aspire doors

Many items were stolen last night from this fantastic charity that helps those in need. A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations to help replace the stolen items and repair damage. Can you help?

Thursday, 19th May, 2016 3:35pm

By Sally Perry