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.

Matthew’s fourth live stream for charity starts tonight, with added forfeits

Matthew Russell taking part in the live stream in front of many computer screens

As well as playing a multitude of games over 24-hours, Matthew Russell and his buddy Kieran Annis will be carrying out forfeits for donations. All in aid of a children's cancer charity

Friday, 5th March, 2021 8:27am

By Sally Perry

‘Support the Frontline’ meals for NHS workers a storming success

A group of grateful staff picking up a meal this morning

Support the Frontline is a not-for-profit initiative that allows the whole Island community to offer their thanks and support to our hardworking NHS staff

Thursday, 4th March, 2021 5:31pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Competition to design a Thank You card for Independent Arts

Thank you typed in different languages on a typewriter

Could you design a new Thank You card for local charity Independent Arts or know someone who could? Details within

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021 10:53am

By Hannah Griffiths

Deadline looming for ‘connect4communities’ funding say Isle of Wight council

fifty pound note

The grants are specifically intended to fund organisations to help families in need with food, energy and water bills

Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 10:20am

By IW Council Press Office

Young people invited to join mental health taskforce and help shape support for others

Two teenage boys in woods

Youth Trust Mental Health Taskforce members are given training, ongoing support and the opportunity to get involved and have a say

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021 8:27am

By Felicity Radak

Be part of shaping digital support needs for older Isle of Wight residents

Older person using a laptop

If you're aged 50 or over, you're invited to take part in this survey that will help shape digital support for older residents in the future

Monday, 22nd February, 2021 8:21am

By Elisha Leachman with one comment

Girlguiding Isle of Wight stalwarts with over 60 years service between them honoured with awards

two volunteers with their Silver Oak Leaf awards

Both from Sandown, the Girlguiding volunteer leaders were presented with the Silver Oak Leaf Awards by Girlguiding’s South West England Region (pre-Lockdown)

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 11:47am

By Suzanne Whitewood with one comment

Join the Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000 and help our inshore rescue teams

Freshwater Lifeboat crew and boat

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, 17th February, 2021 10:03am

By Sally Perry

The Cowes Men’s Shed G.I.V.E. away – helping those who are helping others grow their own produce

Cowes men's shed tables

Tables will be used as G.I.V.E. members start to grow and share their own produce again this spring

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 8:45am

By Adam Martin with one comment

West Wight Men in Sheds back on the road thanks to Crowdfunder and sponsors

West Wight Men In Sheds Van with Freshwater Bay in the background

The charity works to help reduce isolation and loneliness in people (particularly, but not exclusively older people) in West Wight and surrounding areas

Monday, 15th February, 2021 9:15am

By Ian Wright

Isle of Wight Heart Care Club celebrates 30th anniversary

people working out on rowing machines

The Heart Club now has close to 350 members, with exercise classes being held across the Island every week (when not in lockdown)

Monday, 15th February, 2021 9:00am

By Robin Burnett

Daisy Chains charity chosen as Island Roads’ charity for second year running

From left to right Joanna Westwood (Island Roads fundraising committee member), Mandy Fuller and Kellie Lawrence (Daisy Chain fundraising managers) and Elbie Todd ((Island Roads fundraising committee member)

Usually a different good cause is selected but Island Roads staff have again chosen to fundraise for Daisy Chains because planned charity events during 2020 have been so badly affected by Covid-19

Monday, 15th February, 2021 8:25am

By Gavin Foster