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.

‘Kezi’s Kindness Isolation Has Talent’ closes midday tomorrow

little girl playing guitar on the street

Don't miss the chance for your children to take part in this virtual talent contest, with £65 worth of Amazon vouchers up for grabs

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 12:11pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight council leader sends message of thanks to our ‘true Island heroes’

Dave Stewart

So far, a staggering 600-plus Islanders have answered the government's 'call to arms', stepping up to do what they can to fight the virus and help those on the front lines

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 10:16am

By IW Council Press Office with 9 readers' comments

‘I will be volunteering myself to help out where I can’ says Bob Seely MP

Bob Seely arrives

Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely, says the voluntary sector provides a really important role in making sure people are getting the help they need

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 9:32am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 8 readers' comments

New Facebook Group aims to bridge the gap between the Isle of Wight’s younger and older residents

rainbow painting by sue barsdell

Children and young people are encouraged to draw a picture, write a story or poem and share via the group so it can be shown to residents of care homes

Monday, 30th March, 2020 8:52am

By Sally Perry

Niton launch new Community Response group

Launched on Wednesday, the Community Response and Back-up group, Niton - CRAB for short - will provide vital support, services and resources to the local community and to business

Friday, 27th March, 2020 11:43am

By Claire Spencer

First batch of Isle of Wight Distillery’s hand sanitiser delivered

Kirsty Gwilliam (Café Assistant); Rachel Thomson (Community Centre Manager); and Wendy Parsons (Café Supervisor) - and a five litre 'flagon' of the hand sanitiser at the centre which is labelled 'True Island Spirit'

The hand sanistiser is really going to help Pan Together with their meal delivery service, essential shopping provision and prescription-collection offer for local residents in need

Friday, 27th March, 2020 8:54am

By Rachel Thomson

Call for Islanders to become volunteer responders during Coronavirus outbreak

Person delivering a box

Volunteers will take on tasks like collecting shopping, medicine or other supplies for those self-isolating, providing patient transport and phoning those in self-isolation regularly

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 11:43am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Call to Isle of Wight businesses to support frontline charities

support button on computer keyboard

The chairman of WightAid says, "As we enter a period of considerable difficulty, it is even more important than ever for us to stay together and support those most in need"

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 3:20pm

By IW Council Press Office

Ryde launches Coronavirus Support Hub to assist residents in need

red telephone

The new Ryde Support Hub is offering a range of assistance to residents. We are all in this together and you live in a caring community. You are not alone.

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 12:23pm

By Lisa Dyer with 2 readers' comments

Islander sets up ‘Social Distance Tots’ online baby group to ‘inject some positivity’ during uncertain times

becky and indigo on the TV screen

Set up by Islander Becky Lutas, Social Distance Tots is a great new online baby group that runs daily and helps parents with babies and toddlers stay in touch with others

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 5:47pm

By Sally Perry

Online shop coming soon as Mountbatten temporarily closes high street shops

Ryde Mountbatten Shop

The loss of income from closing their shops will hit Mountbatten hard, at a time when they already know general fundraising streams will be significantly affected

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 12:35pm

By Matt White

How to help neighbours during Coronavirus outbreak: A guide

wash your hands graffiti

If you want to help your neighbours who may not be able to get out during the Coronavirus outbreak, here's some helpful advice on setting up a neighbourhood help group

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020 8:34pm

By Anonymous with one comment