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.

Cash boost for the Hospice

Masons cheque for hospice

A bumper fundraising year by Freemasons at the Osborne Lodge in East Cowes has delivered a major cash boost for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Friday, 19th December, 2014 1:12pm

By Lisa Wardle

Let’s all get behind this: A petition for a phone on Culver cliff to help stop suicides

Culver cliff

Stopping people taking their lives at Culver Cliff is way too important to find reasons not to install a potentially life-saving phone. Sign now and make difference - it's worth it, even if it's just life that is saved.

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014 8:38pm

By Sally Perry with 28 readers' comments

Gruelling cycle challenge gives Earl Mountbatten Hospice the feel good factor

Carol Walker - Hospice cycler

A gruelling cycle challenge the length of the UK has helped raise vital funds to support Earl Mountbatten Hospice patients to Look Good and Feel Better.

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014 9:49am

By Lisa Wardle

Christmas comes early for the West Wight Youth Project

WWSC - Cheque Dec 2014:

Santa made a special delivery to the West Wight Sports Centre this week, with a cheque for £3,500.

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014 9:42am

By Krissy Lloyd

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Give a Lifeboat Lotto subscription

Fan of 20 pound notes

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your (or your loved ones) chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month.

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014 8:13am

By Sally Perry

Appley Women’s Institute enjoy festive meeting

Appley WI Christmas Wreath

December's festive meeting was opened in the usual fashion by Pam Fenna, President, although the singing of Jerusalem was a little lower than usual!

Tuesday, 16th December, 2014 5:48pm

By Judith Lazell

What’s new at Ventnor Library

Into the storm - grab from film

Check out the latest DVDs and book at Ventnor library.

Tuesday, 16th December, 2014 3:02pm

By Jackie McGinty

Primary school pupils rise to the Christmas decoration challenge

Summerfields Primary make xmas decorations

If you notice some handmade decorations with your home delivery from Sainsbury's this Christmas, you've the pupils from Summerfields Primary to thank.

Tuesday, 16th December, 2014 2:56pm

By Sally Perry

Bag-packing volunteers needed for Island charity

Ability dogs

Isle of Wight charity, Ability Dogs 4 Young People, are calling on volunteers to help them take advantage of an offer from Tesco Extra in Ryde.

Friday, 12th December, 2014 11:44am

By Sally Perry

Last day of Isle of Wight Christmas Toy Appeal

Caterpillar Music donated toys:

There's still time to donate a toy and brighten up Christmas for children who are less fortunate. If you can't donate a toy, you can make a financial donation. No matter how small, it all helps and will be greatly appreciated.

Friday, 12th December, 2014 7:18am

By Sally Perry

Shining a light on the Hospice for Christmas

Hospice xmas tree with Erica

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Christmas Tree is shining brightly once again this year thanks to help from Island Roads.

Thursday, 11th December, 2014 1:07pm

By Lisa Wardle

Ferry trip inspires artists with disabilities

Way Forward on Wightlink

A trip across the Solent is the inspiration behind a new art project for a group of Islanders with learning disabilities and autism.

Thursday, 11th December, 2014 12:35pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments