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.

Young leaders from across the region gather on the Isle of Wight

young leaders unloc

Young leaders from across the region spent the weekend working on their communication and teamworking skills, as well as future planning on how to develop their respective Student Forums’ projects.

Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 4:00pm

By Reece Matthews

Ryde councillor to highlight the ‘Forgotten Poverty’ during Big Pancake Day

Michael Lilley and Caroline Lucas

Food poverty is a hidden issue on the Isle of Wight so as part of the national event, Big Pancake Day, Ryde councillor Michael Lilley will be flipping pancakes and raising awareness.

Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 3:40pm

By Michael Lilley with one comment

Lifeboat Lotto results revealed: Are you the jackpot winner?

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 February, 2017 10:36am

By Sally Perry

Brownies and Guides dedicate new flags and celebrate World Thinking Day

brownies and guides

Members of the congregation of St. John’s Church, Newport joined with Brownies and Guides and other members of Girlguiding IW for a special church service arranged for the dedication of new unit flags.

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017 6:51am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Magic Doors creative writing project brings Poetry to Orchard House

Poetry shack:

The Magic Doors creative writing project made its way to Orchard House residential home in Newport and the results have been surprising and rewarding.

Friday, 17th February, 2017 2:48pm

By Hannah Griffiths

Join the Lifeboat Lotto and you’ll be helping Isle of Wight inshore rescue teams

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, 15th February, 2017 9:56am

By Sally Perry

Age UK invites Islanders to help shape future of the service

Elderly couple sitting on the beach

Age UK Isle of Wight is asking older Islanders to have their say and help inform their service delivery, and the overall strategic direction of the charity, through to 2020.

Monday, 13th February, 2017 10:37am

By Ben Rust

Former Prima Ballerina, Darcey Bussell, enchants pupils at St Catherine’s

darcey bussell st catherine's

Former prima ballerina, Darcey Bussell, sprinkled some star dust over the special school in Ventnor last week.

Monday, 13th February, 2017 10:12am

By Rachel Thomson

Girlguiding Isle of Wight appeal for adult volunteers

girlguiding journey

With so many new members waiting to join Girlguiding IW, the Island Commissioners are looking for adult volunteers to fill a range of posts from occasional helper to Unit Leader. Find out more by booking to attend roadshow.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 1:32pm

By Suzanne Whitewood

£50,000 of donations means new van for assistance dog training

Kevin George (left), CEO of Red Funnel, presents a £50,000 cheque to Ability Dogs 4 Young People. End right, Shirley Anderson, HR director at Red Funnel

£50,000 of funds raised by Red Funnel for Ability Dogs 4 Young People, the ferry company’s chosen Charity of the Year for 2016, has meant the charity could buy a van for the training of its assistance dogs.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 1:01pm

By Amy Grinstead with one comment

Newport Parish Council continue support for School Crossing Patrols

School crossing patrol in road

Careful management of the parish precept has meant that Newport Parish Council has been able to help local schools with crossing patrol staff.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 12:51pm

By Danny Faulkner

Talks between villages and bus company break down

Southern Vectis Bus

Town and parish councils were left dismayed after talks with Southern Vectis about reinstating the hourly summer timetable on the number six route break down.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 6:55am

By Jon Young with 6 readers' comments