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.

Hospice staff and volunteers to reveal what they are ‘Proud to….’ during Hospice Care Week


Staff and volunteers at Earl Mountbatten Hospice reveal what makes them proud to work or volunteer there. It's part of a campaign to raise awareness of the their work during Hospice Care Week.

Thursday, 29th September, 2016 2:10pm

By Emma Topping

The Big Sleep Out challenge returns to raise money and awareness for homeless

Big Sleep Out

Take part in the Big Sleep Out on 14th October and raise money for Aspire Ryde and The Isle of Wight Bus Shelter.

Thursday, 29th September, 2016 12:21pm

By Heath Monaghan

Are you the Isle of Wight Lifeboat Lotto winner this week?


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, 28th September, 2016 11:52am

By Sally Perry

Damien Nettles: Follow Damien’s last walk on 20th anniversary of his disappearance

damien nettles

Islanders are invited to follow the route of Damien's last walk before he disappeared on 2nd November 1996. One volunteer taking part, of similar build to Damien and wearing the same clothes, hopes to able to jog people's memory.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 7:59am

By Sally Perry

Find out how to become a member of the award-winning team of Hospice volunteers

hospice volunteers

The Hospice are looking for volunteers to help extend services to reach more patients, families and visitors, by opening its Sunflower Café for longer. Find out how to get involved.

Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 3:40pm

By Emma Topping

Isle of Wight Day: Wrap up your bunting for another year


The High Sheriff for the Island has thanked Islanders for embracing the very first Isle of Wight Day and reveals the date for 2017's event.

Monday, 26th September, 2016 2:53pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Walk the Wight: Almost £300,000 raised so far

walk the wight celebrations

The stars of Walk the Wight 2016 were paid tribute to last night at an awards evening in Newport. It was revealed that almost £300,000 has been raised so far with more donations to follow.

Friday, 23rd September, 2016 2:06pm

By Emma Topping

The Prince & Princess Society relaunches

jigsaw pieces

The Prince and Princess Society have decided to refocus their aims and will be fundraising for ‘Island children with Autism and other Neurological conditions’, but they nee your help.

Friday, 23rd September, 2016 1:54pm

By Michaela White

Join the Friends of Frank James Hospital for final sendoff

Frank James Hospital

The dedicated band of guerrilla gardeners (aka the Friends of Frank James Hospital) have shown great respect to this wonderful piece of Isle of Wight heritage over the last five years. Join them on their (possibly) last gathering this Saturday.

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 3:14pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Islanders form giant human peace sign (aerial photos)

Human peace sign by Darren Vaughan WightDrone

Islanders stood side by side with others across the globe on the United Nations International Day of Peace. See the aerial photos taken by Darren Vaughan of Wight Drone.

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 12:55pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Join the Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win the jackpot

20 pound notes :

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000.

Wednesday, 21st September, 2016 10:56am

By Sally Perry

Will you be part of 1,000+ human peace sign?

Peace sign in a tree trunk

It's hoped over 1,000 people will gather at low tide on Appley Beach tonight to create a giant human peace sign which will be filmed from the air by Darren at WightDrone.

Wednesday, 21st September, 2016 8:13am

By Sally Perry