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.

Help Ryde Carnival take the crown as best UK carnival with just two clicks

ryde carnival - from their fb page

Voting closes on Tuesday 21st August and all it takes is just two clicks to help make a difference.

Monday, 20th August, 2018 8:51am

By Sally Perry

Sabirian initiative offers training and support for Islanders facing barriers to employment

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If you are unemployed or working less than 16 hrs a week, ‘Trading up 4 change’ at Sabirian in Newport could be the support you are looking for.

Thursday, 16th August, 2018 6:06am

By Sandy Ciccognani

Have you won the Lifeboat Lotto? Here’s how to enter for your chance to win

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, 15th August, 2018 11:02am

By Sally Perry

Storeroom launches Cowes Men’s Shed

Polytunnel blessing

A grant of £20,000 has enabled Storeroom to set up the Cowes Men's Shed. Open to everyone aged 18+ and with free membership, this is a great, well-equipped facility that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 9:22am

By Wendy Miller

Family seek the ‘three angels’ for their part in helping save Mum’s life on Monday

Thank you chocolates:

Three individuals on Monday in Cowes went to the rescue of the woman who'd suffered a heart attack whilst in the water and played an important part in saving her life. Her family now want to be able to say thank you.

Friday, 10th August, 2018 8:20am

By Sally Perry

2,859km on Newport-Cowes cycleway brings funding boost for girlguides

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£772 was raised for Girlguiding Isle of Wight during June, when cyclists using the Bicycle Island App achieved record-breaking 2859km on the Newport-Cowes cycleway.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 8:55am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Over £25,000 raised at Inflatable Rainbow Run for cancer wellbeing centre

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The event at Sandown Airport on Sunday was the first major fundraiser for the £100,000 Building for the Future appeal to create a new cancer wellbeing centre.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 1:48pm

By Sally Perry

Join the Lifeboat Lotto to win up to £5,000

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, 8th August, 2018 12:04pm

By Sally Perry

40 brave souls swam the Solent for charity, one with a broken arm

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Forty people swam from Hurst Castle to Colwell Bay on Saturday morning. The annual swim is the biggest fundraiser of the year for West Wight Sports & Community Centre.

Monday, 6th August, 2018 12:51pm

By Michael Dangerfield with 2 readers' comments

Fourteen to skydive for Isle of Wight school PTA charity


Fourteen friends, staff and members of FAB PTA (The Bay) are all jumping from 10,000ft to raise money for a Yurt, sensory garden and more balance bikes.

Monday, 6th August, 2018 8:05am

By Sally Perry

Community library now offers a cuppa with your book or jigsaw

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The service will add a new dimension to library visits in Bembridge and is aimed at encouraging callers to stay a little longer.

Monday, 6th August, 2018 7:49am

By Richard Beet

More voluntary community work by Island Roads’ staff

Image: L-R Rod and Glen at the hall as Island Roads volunteers work in the background

The day’s volunteering by staff from Island Roads will bring benefits to the many people who use the Headquarters of 1st Newport Scout Group (The Old Guard).

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018 11:32am

By Gavin Foster