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.

KissyPuppy funds new car for children’s nurses


The Children’s Community Nursery Nurses team are now the proud owners of a specially adapted vehicle thanks to KissyPuppy, the Trust set up in memory of Sophie Rolf.

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 9:46am

By Emma Topping

Join the Lifeboat Lotto in 2017 and you could win up to £5,000


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, 18th January, 2017 11:43am

By Sally Perry

A swap at the top at Bembridge RNLI lifeboat station

Bembridge lifeboat station

The Bembridge Lifeboat Operations Manager and the station’s long-serving volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Deputy Launching Authority, have swapped roles.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 11:40am

By Tim Ash

Nearly 100 lifeboat crew gather in Cowes

Many of the near-100 people involved in the lifeboat get-together, pictured at the Globe Hotel, Cowes by Dave Davies

Crew and lifeboats from lifeboat stations in or close-by the Solent area descended on Cowes last weekend for a grand get-together.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 7:52am

By George Chastney

Air Ambulance to fund doctor training programme

air ambulance

The programme will provide a steady and resilient supply of Pre-Hospital Emergency Specialist Doctors to fly as part of the charity’s Air Ambulance crew, during both day and night operations.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 6:56am

By Caroline Tyree

Shanklin Rotary’s massive annual sale returns to Lower Hyde

items at Rotary Sale

The annual Shanklin Rotary Sale has just anything you can think of for sale, often including the kitchen sink. The sale starts at 10am today.

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 8:45am

By Sally Perry

Charity invites Islanders to climb the roof of the O2 (Millennium Dome)

People climbing the O2 dome

Fancy doing something different this year? Why not climb the roof of the O2 ( Millennium Dome) and raise money for a very worthy Isle of Wight charity.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 4:01pm

By Sally Perry

Council asks residents to look out for neighbours during the cold snap

Respite care :

The cold snap forecasted for the next few days could increase the health risks of vulnerable residents, including the elderly and those with serious illnesses. Look out for your neighbours.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 1:51pm

By IW Council Press Office

Sports Centre wins funding to support youngsters with disabilities

Liam playing football with frame

£5,000 has been awarded to West Wight Sports Centre to run sports sessions for children with disabilities.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 7:15am

By Krissy Lloyd

Ryde Arena listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’

Ryde Arena - a nice ice rink

The successful application means that Ryde Arena is now listed as an Asset of Community Value and can't be disposed of without giving community groups a chance to bid for it.

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 5:27pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Find out if you have won this week’s Lifeboat Lotto jackpot

lifeboat lotto balls

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, 11th January, 2017 6:49am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Newport residents will see nil increase to their ‘local’ council tax

Monopoly houses and coins by Images of Money:

Newport Parish Council have agreed not to increase the annual precept (the local part of your council tax) ensuring it remains one of the lowest across the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 10th January, 2017 10:49am

By Geoff Lumley with 2 readers' comments