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.

Southern Housing win contract to help Isle of Wight homeless families

Homeless families contract award image

As well as homeless providing homeless Isle of Wight families a safe place to stay, they will also offer support to help them overcome their challenges

Friday, 10th July, 2020 4:35pm

By Will Jankowski

Isle of Wight ‘Connected Communities’ programme offers future-proof broadband for community hubs and charitable organisations

WightFibre Network workers on street

WightFibre's Connected Communities Programme is aimed at providing future-proof broadband into community hub locations and the office of charitable organisations on the Isle of Wight

Friday, 10th July, 2020 4:06pm

By Dale Howarth

Call for volunteers as Mountbatten shops reopen

Mountbatten Newport Assistant Shop Manager Kate Regan

With many of Mountbatten's volunteers still unable to return to their charity shops, they're looking for people over 16-years-old to help fill the gap

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 9:54am

By Emma Topping with one comment

Cash boost for Mountbatten thanks to Isle of Wight Freemasons

Freemasons at Mountbatten

The money was raised by members selling distinctive lapel badges and brings to total raised for Isle of Wight causes this year to £55,000

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 8:22am

By Sally Perry

Double Isle of Wight beach clean-up nets over 400 kilos of rubbish

Before the beach clean on 2nd July

What an amazing effort by the volunteers from Planet Aware, Isle of Wight Distillery, National Trust and Amey

Monday, 6th July, 2020 2:58pm

By Sarah Marshall with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight furniture charity celebrates tenth birthday – having saved 12,800kgs of re-usable furniture going to landfill

storeroom warehouse and van

Storeroom have saved nearly 12,800kgs of re-usable furniture and household goods from being sent to landfill. Here's to another ten successful years

Monday, 6th July, 2020 12:06pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Royal thanks for Isle of Wight community groups

Sophie and Edward letter to Ventnor and Newport hubs

More Isle of Wight groups supporting those in need during the Coronavirus crisis have been thanked by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Edward and Sophie

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 9:31am

By Sally Perry

Join the Isle of Wight Lifeboat Lotto to help inshore rescue crews and win up to £5k

lifeboat lotto balls

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

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 12:23pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight GIVE members share their garden flowers for Grandmother’s funeral wreath

wreath for grandmothers funeral made from GIVE donated flowers

When Bethan put out a call for donated flowers to make a wreath for her Grandmother's funeral, GIVE Facebook Group members stepped up to help

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 9:18am

By Sally Perry

Heritage centre appeal for new cash register to meet contactless guidelines

ventnor heritage centre - google streetview

The Centre is looking at ways to reopen, but needs to raise extra funds for a new cash register that will allow them to accept contactless payments in line with Covid-19 guidelines

Monday, 29th June, 2020 12:00pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Urgent appeal for non-perishable food and toiletries to help families in need

tinned food

If you are able to help, donations of non-perishable food and toiletries can be made on Tuesday and Thursdays. Details within

Monday, 29th June, 2020 8:58am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight community raffle features prizes by some of the Island’s best artists, makers and producers

Painting of west wight landscape

There is a fantastic lineup of prizes in this community raffle organised to raise money for Mountbatten and Isle of Wight Foodbank during the Covid-19 crisis

Friday, 26th June, 2020 6:20pm

By Sally Perry