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.

Learn more about Island CoHousing at walk and talk event

sun through the woods

If you want to hear more about the Island CoHousing plans, this is the perfect opportunity

Monday, 13th January, 2020 5:21pm

By Sue Bailey

New Isle of Wight bereavement group launching this month

butterfly in hand

The group will meet weekly, with volunteer listeners present at each session and useful resources and information for bereaved people

Thursday, 9th January, 2020 9:09am

By Sally Perry

Good samaritan clears away and disposes of 150 flytipped tyres

tyres of wight van clearing flytipped tyres on mottistone down

For every lazy, inconsiderate flytipper there are many other decent people doing great things

Wednesday, 8th January, 2020 2:35pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Marlins award their Most Improved Swimmer of 2019

roz sheward on the right

Congratulations to Fiona for picking up the most improved swimmer award

Friday, 3rd January, 2020 12:40pm

By Bob Cooper

Where to get help if you are in fuel crisis this Christmas and New Year

cat on radiator by he gong

Citizens Advice Isle of Wight share this helpful information (including links) for those in fuel crisis this Christmas and New Year

Monday, 23rd December, 2019 11:28am

By Gretel Ingham

Isle of Wight Volunteering: It can bring so much to your life

Visitor Elaine Harris, left, talking to Independent Arts project manager Hannah Griffiths.

Do you have time to spare? Need to give your CV a boost? Looking to make a difference but not sure how? Head to the Volunteer Fair in January 2020.

Friday, 20th December, 2019 6:45pm

By Feature Writer

Cash boost for Beaulieu House thanks to ‘very kind-hearted Island company’

Back row left to right are Callum Maslem, Tara Adsett, Colin Ringer. Front row from left Lillie Fettes, Billy Marden, Dylan Atkins, Rebecca Jude.

The dedicated work by all at Beaulieu House has been supported by this generous and "kind-hearted Island company"

Friday, 20th December, 2019 8:26am

By Tony Wake

Isle of Wight HelpBank and Foodbay founded by those ‘with social conscience’ who want to help build communities

helping hand

Foodbay and HelpBank are just two examples of the successful community disruptors - those "with social conscience who want to help build community here on the Island"

Thursday, 19th December, 2019 3:34pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

You could win up to £5,000 with the Isle of Wight Lifeboat Lotto

freshwater lifeboat crew about to go out on the water

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than £10pm and you’ll be helping local independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 9:23am

By Sally Perry

Have you been taking part in Isle of Wight Foodbank’s Reverse Advent Calendar?

iw foodbank sorting food into boxes

The food that has been donated as part of the Reverse Advent Calendar will be available to those who need it most for Christmas, but there is still time to help support people in the New Year

Friday, 13th December, 2019 6:19pm

By Sally Perry

Head to Bembridge for a traditional village Christmas Fair this Saturday

bembridge christmas fair

There'll be lots on offer on Saturday morning at the Bembridge Community Library's Christmas Fair

Thursday, 12th December, 2019 12:06pm

By Richard Beet

Cash boost for Isle of Wight charity that supports those affected by domestic abuse

WightDASH presentation with (left to right) Lorna Malcolm (Island Roads), Fiona Gwinnet (WightDASH) and Samantha O'Rourke (Island Roads)

This donation of over £11k to Wight DASH, the Isle of Wight domestic abuse hub, will stretch a long way to help those in need

Wednesday, 11th December, 2019 6:41pm

By Claire Robertson