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.

Earl Mountbatten Hospice judged to be ‘Outstanding’

hospice outstanding

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has judged the Earl Mountbatten Hospice to be ‘Outstanding’ - putting them alongside a small group of other hospices across the country which have achieved a similar rating.

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017 8:15am

By Emma Topping

Youth shelters and a novel way to charge smart phones

julie jones evans youth shelters

Two youth shelters have been installed at Church Litten with two pieces of exercise equipment that can recharge smart phones by pedal power.

Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 5:06pm

By Danny Faulkner with 2 readers' comments

Totland parishioners make a big difference with Souper fundraising

St. Saviour's Soup Lunch

Totland parishioners have raised over £500 in a bid to help transform communities around the world as part of the aid agency CAFOD’s Lent campaign.

Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 5:02pm

By Jessica Coffin

New CEO for Isle of Wight Society for the Blind

breath of spring

Estelle Thomas, the figurehead for Isle of Wight Society for the Blind for past four years, will be retiring as CEO.

Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 1:30pm

By Estelle Thomas

Join the Lifeboat Lotto and you could win up to £5k

Fan of 20 pound notes

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, 22nd March, 2017 11:25am

By Sally Perry

Mental health pioneer launches ‘Recovery So Far’ report

someone receiving counselling

Michael Lilley, a pioneer in mental health, will next week present the 'Recovey So Far' report prior to stepping down as CEO of My Time Division, Richmond Fellowship (one of the UK’s largest mental health charities).

Monday, 20th March, 2017 4:36pm

By Michael Lilley

Knit and Natter group appeal for donations

Balls of wool

The group that supports others by making ‘twiddle muffs’ and ‘twiddle blankets’ for people living with dementia across the Island are short of wool and appeal for donations.

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 12:17pm

By Emma Topping

Join the Lifeboat Lotto and support Isle of Wight’s inshore rescue crews this year

SSILB 2nd Coxswain Richard Chantler navigating the busy waters of the Solent Channel

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 independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 15th March, 2017 10:17am

By Sally Perry

Go Orange Day 2017: How will you support Isle of Wight independent lifeboats?

orange hair and lovely smile

There are loads of things you can do on Go Orange Day to help support the Isle of Wight's independent lifeboat crews. They rely solely on public donations in order to provide the vital lifesaving service around the Island.

Tuesday, 14th March, 2017 11:53am

By Mark Birch

All invited to tenth anniversary Family Fun Day

hiowaa fun day

Join the Air Ambulance as they celebrate their tenth anniversary at the Family Fun Day on Saturday 1st July at Thruxton Motorsport Centre, near Andover.

Tuesday, 14th March, 2017 7:17am

By Caroline Tyree

Do you remember this 1945 Isle of Wight cricket match?

1940s cricket match

We realise it's a long shot, but do you know anyone that took part in or spectated at cricket matches in Cowes after the war ended in 1945?

Monday, 13th March, 2017 6:44pm

By Sally Perry

1,000 miles in 12 days for rider who broke her back in Ashey Scurry

After breaking her back in the Ashey Scurry seventeen years ago, Debbie Attrill is now back on her feet and as well as returning to the Scurry this month, she's planning to cycle 1,000 miles in 12 days to raise money for the charity that helped her.

Monday, 13th March, 2017 11:09am

By Sally Perry