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.

Join the Lifeboat Lotto and you’re helping our inshore rescue crews

Ryde Inshore Rescue

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, 17th October, 2018 9:55am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight charity shows MPs how The Arts can help wellbeing of older people

Portraiture workshop image

There has been a lot of talk in the media about loneliness recently and last week an Isle of Wight charity spoke to MPs about how access to The Arts can improve wellbeing and reduce loneliness.

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 9:14am

By Hannah Griffiths

Be part of shaping what happens at local park

Green smiley faces

You can help shape what type of activities and events take place at this park in Newport. Share if you know someone who lives in the area and might want to take part.

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 8:20am

By Becky Haydock

Become a Trust Community Partner to support continuous improvement for children in Shanklin and Ventnor

portsmouth and winchester diocese community trust

There are a range of voluntary roles on offer as part of the new Trust Community Partnerships. No previous experience is needed, just from a willingness to learn and a desire to support continuous improvement for children and leaders at all levels.

Monday, 15th October, 2018 5:30pm

By Amanda Johnston

National Libraries Week: Find out how libraries can help your wellbeing

Miss Crocus at the library

Island libraries will be emphasising the essential role they play in helping people improve their wellbeing, bringing communities together, combatting loneliness, providing a space for reading and creativity and supporting people with their mental health.

Monday, 8th October, 2018 3:30pm

By IW Council Press Office

Join the Lifeboat Lotto today

Fan of 20 pound notes

Join the 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, 3rd October, 2018 11:44am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight resident goes the extra mile for mental health

Kayleigh is hoping to raise money and awareness for mental health charity Mind by taking part in the Great South Run later this month. It marks ten years since her mum took her own life after struggling with anxiety and depression.

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 2:46pm

By Lucy Nichol

Go Yellow and support Mountbatten’s work on the Isle of Wight

yellow shoes

The Go Yellow fundraising drive starts today (Saturday) and runs until 7 October. Why not wear, eat or do something yellow to raise funds to support Mountbatten’s work?

Saturday, 29th September, 2018 12:01pm

By Emma Topping

Ryde Arena: Islanders urged to join hands in fight ice rink

Human chain around the ice rink

The Community Action Group fighting to save the ice rink at Ryde Arena wants as many people as possible to join their 'Link Around the Rink' event on Saturday 6th October.

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 12:35pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Here’s how to support independent lifeboats and win up to £5k

Ryde-Inshore-Rescue

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, 26th September, 2018 10:06am

By Sally Perry

Heritage Open Days celebrated in Sandown from Browns to the Battery

Learning about Palmerston Forts with AONB Culver Cliff beyond

A fantastic weekend was had by all, with volunteers and organisations all chipping in to celebrate Sandown's heritage.

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 9:00am

By Claire Hector

Weather braved for Isle of Wight Day beach clean

Red Funnel Big Beach clean

Over 40 Red Funnel staff and their families braved the wet weather at Ventnor and Steephill Cove to take part in the biggest-ever organised clean-up of the Island’s coastline.

Monday, 24th September, 2018 2:07pm

By Bryn Jones