£85,000 Arts Council boost for Isle of Wight Charity

older women laughing

The Celebrating Age grant will fund an exciting Island-wide programme of participatory arts to increase older people’s engagement with cultural organisations and address social isolation

Monday, 27th February, 2017 11:08am

By Hannah Griffiths

Magic Doors creative writing project brings Poetry to Orchard House

Poetry shack:

The Magic Doors creative writing project made its way to Orchard House residential home in Newport and the results have been surprising and rewarding.

Friday, 17th February, 2017 2:48pm

By Hannah Griffiths

The perfect recipe for a Christmas song to SingAbout


The SingAbout Christmas Single will be available to buy from Friday 2nd December. Proceeds go towards supporting the Independent Arts charity.

Thursday, 1st December, 2016 11:32am

By Hannah Griffiths with one comment

Independent Arts ‘Teddy Bear’s picnic brings young and old together

henry bear at cornelia heights cropped

A project to break down the barriers between the young and old continues with Independent Arts's Henry Bear project.

Wednesday, 3rd August, 2016 12:04pm

By Hannah Griffiths 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

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

SingAbout Freshwater: Five years on and still going strong

SingAbout Freshwater 5th Birthday

The Singabout Sessions, run by charity Independent Arts, take place across the Isle of Wight. The Freshwater group have just celebrated their fifth birthday.

Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016 10:52am

By Hannah Griffiths

Find out more about volunteering for Isle of Wight National Trust

If you have time to spare and want to get involved, why not pop along to the Information Day on 2nd February

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013 8:35am

By Hannah Griffiths