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.

Ventnor Community Foodbank now open on Saturdays and offering deliveries

Two woman handing in food for Foodbank

Ventnor Foodbank has received yet another anonymous donation of £1,000. For those in need, no voucher is required, you can just turn up. Details within

Tuesday, 10th November, 2020 3:47pm

By Tony McCarthy with one comment

Southern Co-op donates £5,000 to Feed a Family Fund

foodbank donations at southern co-op

Southern Co-op say they know this won't solve the crisis, but they really hope this fund will help reduce the strain faced by so many families across the Isle of Wight

Monday, 9th November, 2020 11:04am

By Southern Co-op

Carers IW offer service to send messages to loved ones in hospital during lockdown

Two staff from Carers IW holding a get well soon card

If you are a carer of someone in hospital during lockdown, get in touch with Carers IW and they'll pass on messages and cards for you

Friday, 6th November, 2020 10:25am

By Elizabeth Martin

Aspire Ryde ready to help those in need over the Covid-19 lockdown

yellow dial telephone on yellow background

Details of how this vital community hub will be helping Ryde residents over the month-long lockdown

Thursday, 5th November, 2020 12:24pm

By Trevor Nicholas

Call for volunteers to help community effort in Niton and Whitwell during lockdown

your kindness is contagious phrase with colourful dots

Community Response And Back-up Niton and Whitwell has bounced back into action ahead of the second national lockdown and has put out a call for volunteers

Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 10:25am

By Jon Boileau Goad

Grants for projects helping to feed and educate during Covid-19

Co-op food poverty grants

Grants are available for community projects that can provide access to nutritious food and balanced meals, redistribute surplus food, help educate on shopping smartly to make low cost meals, limit food waste and prioritise the wellbeing of children and young people impacted by food poverty

Wednesday, 28th October, 2020 2:56pm

By Lucy Sweet

Plan to provide lunches for Isle of Wight children over Christmas holidays: Appeal to businesses for support

Chicken wraps

Businesses are invited to support the effort to make sure that children from low income families are fed over the Christmas holidays. Details of how you can help within

Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 11:18am

By Rachel Thomson

Good Samaritan comes to the rescue – with a metal-detector!

simon nash with lost phone found on shanklin beach

We all know the panic when you lose your mobile phone - imagine that, but on a beach. Happily Simon Nash’s determination led to a good outcome

Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 8:39am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight musician to take requests in return for donations to help feed Island children (updated)

Ben Stubbs playing live outside

Ben will be live streaming from his living room on Sunday and taking donations for requests to help raise money to support free lunches for Isle of Wight children next week

Friday, 23rd October, 2020 4:32pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Call for volunteer readers at Isle of Wight primary schools

woman reading to a primary school child

No experience is needed, just a good command of the English Language and an hour or two to spare every week during term time. Details within

Friday, 23rd October, 2020 10:43am

By John McLagan

Your unwanted bicycle could be heading to Africa this week: Don’t miss deadline

Three way point where Germany Holland and Belgium meet

Re~Cycle is a real community effort: bikes are donated by local people; free storage is provided by Innerspaces; free truck hire is given by Bartlett’s; free ferry crossing is provided by Wightlink and fuel is paid for by a grant from PedalAid.

Monday, 19th October, 2020 5:19pm

By Sue Bailey with one comment

Safe Places Isle of Wight offer sanctuary for those feeling vulnerable in the community

woman in street using mobile phone

Find out more about how Safe Places can help you or someone you know, as well as how businesses or organisations can get involved

Monday, 19th October, 2020 12:24pm

By Tony McCarthy with one comment