Aspire Ryde

Aspire Ryde is a community hub, providing services throughout the week in a redundant church building which now buzzes with activity.

They offer free food and help to those in need, as well as running courses, events and workshops for the community to take part in.

Any profits made from projects are put straight back into services to support the local community and into maintaining the amazing building.

Below are some of the articles which mention Aspire Ryde.

‘Desperately betrayed’ says one Isle of Wight service user on World Mental Health Day (updated)

depressed man

With the closure of Mental Health Day Centres around the corner, one service user says all he's been offered is to 'pop along to Aspire' - who had to shut their wellbeing services down after funding cut

Thursday, 10th October, 2019 12:36pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Future for Isle of Wight community-led mental health service ‘looks bleak’, says Aspire founder (updated)

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The founder of Aspire Ryde says many of their mental health services are being forced to close at the end of the month "directly due to promised funding from the Isle of Wight clinical commissioning group being withdrawn without notice".

Wednesday, 28th August, 2019 10:54am

By Heath Monaghan with 6 readers' comments

Stuart a Festival winner in Aspire Ryde ticket competition

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Stuart Southwell won two weekend Isle of Wight Festival tickets in the Aspire Ryde ticket draw.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 6:12pm

By Sally Perry

The town councillors who voted against giving Aspire Ryde funding

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Two Ryde town councillors voted against Aspire receiving funding from Ryde Town Council last night. The director said after the meeting that "there seems to have been a campaign against Aspire Ryde".

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 3:40pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 11 readers' comments

Waste companies come to rescue of charity after Isle of Wight council change rules

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After the Isle of Wight council told Isle of Wight charity, Aspire Ryde, they would start charging to collect waste, two Island companies have stepped forward to lend their support.

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 6:04pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘No catch’ to Ryde’s free nativity scene photo opportunity

Aspire Ryde nativity

Dress your family in the clothes provided for this nativity scene and have your photo taken free of charge in Ryde on Saturday 22nd, courtesy of volunteers from local churches.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 8:23am

By Julie Croydon

The Red Box Project has boosted one school’s attendance by a third

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Proof that ending period poverty can help improve attendance at school has been realised at a school in Portsmouth where it has increased by almost a third since the Red Box Project was introduced.

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 10:57am

By Sally Perry

Seedy Sunday: Save your seeds and save the date


Save your seeds and take them along to swap with others on Seedy Sunday. There'll be talks from experts as well as home-made refreshments and a variety of activities.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 2:32pm

By Carol Jaye with 2 readers' comments

Kayleigh’s positive influence at Aspire continues

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Kayleigh was passionate about Aspire Ryde and a great ambassador for the charity, so the cheque for £2,000 from TK Maxx was a fitting tribute from the employer of her great friend.

Saturday, 10th November, 2018 10:41am

By Heath Monaghan

Cabinet vote unanimously to scrap Local Area Coordinators

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Despite huge opposition from service users and their families, as well as those who'll be expected to take over the care of the 600 people who rely on Local Area Coordinators, the Cabinet voted unanimously to scrap the service.

Friday, 9th November, 2018 2:32pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 11 readers' comments

Cuts to Local Area Coordinators ‘a false economy’, says councillor

Vix Lowthion in Church Litten

Parish councillor writes to Cabinet members stating that it would incredibly short-sighted to cut funding to this vital service, directly affecting the most vulnerable and isolated people on the Island.

Thursday, 8th November, 2018 10:49am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Red Box Project comes to the Isle of Wight: Ending period poverty for young women

first red box - St Thomas Canterbury Primary

The Islander spearheading the Red Box Project on the Isle of Wight says she wants every young woman who needs it, to be supported and not have to miss vital learning at school due to lack of sanitary protection.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 4:06pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments