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.

Demand for Isle of Wight emergency food parcels up by a quarter in last year

iw foodbank sorting food into boxes

The vital work of the Isle of Wight Foodbank has only been possible in the last few months because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds

Thursday, 20th August, 2020 11:04am

By Hannah King with 2 readers' comments

Freshwater mum becomes Ambassador for campaign to stop child abuse

Natalie Thomas

The Wave Trust's 70/30 campaign aims to make a 70 per cent reduction in child maltreatment by 2030. This Freshwater mum has become the Lead 70/30 Ambassador for the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 5:29pm

By Natalie Thomas with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Crisis Committee now on hold after £103,000 shared with good causes

fifty pound notes

The appeal raised over £47,000 and with grants from each of the trusts and foundations on the committee an amazing £103,000 was distributed to charities helping Islanders during the Covid-19 crisis

Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 9:19am

By Becky Storey

Ventnor Community Foodbank receives generous donations

ventnor community foodbank

Cash donations have included £100, £200, and more recently a generous local resident donated £1,000. Details within

Monday, 17th August, 2020 12:26pm

By Tony McCarthy with 2 readers' comments

Children’s cancer charity launch The Big Virtual Collection

clic sargent boy looking into camera

Without support during the Coronavirus pandemic, the strain of a child's cancer diagnosis will push families to breaking point. If you can please show your support for this charity

Friday, 14th August, 2020 8:39am

By Sally Perry

Neil’s 44th of 50 marathons cut short due to heatwave – but he’s raised £3,500 for charity (updated)

neil mccall - starting another marathon in july

Neil's 44th marathon ended at 17 miles - not surprising given he attempted it on Saturday evening when we were still in the middle of a heatwave. All praise for his valiant efforts

Monday, 10th August, 2020 2:01pm

By Sally Perry

Join Lifeboat Lotto to help Isle of Wight inshore rescue crews

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, 5th August, 2020 9:16am

By Sally Perry

Pan Together deliver over 600 hot meals to Isle of Wight children and young people in real need

Clare Jones from ASDA and Rachel Thomson

Free service has been possible thanks to the generous support of donors, including ASDA, who have also donated school uniform basics to help local parents who aren't in a position to buy new

Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 8:37am

By Rachel Thomson with 3 readers' comments

24-hour Isle of Wight gaming challenge raises over £1,700 for Mountbatten

Gaming screens

It's not too late to show your support for the challenge by heading over to Rachel's Just Giving Page and making a donation to Mountbatten

Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 7:48am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Will you ‘Go the Distance’ for Isle of Wight’s Mountbatten this summer?

Go the Distance cycling poster

Pedal for a medal throughout August to help raise much-needed money for Mountbatten. Details within

Friday, 31st July, 2020 4:05pm

By Matt White

Aspire Ryde staff and volunteers thanked for support through Coronavirus

High Sheriff Visits Aspire Ryde

The new High Sheriff for the Isle of Wight visited Aspire Ryde and congratulated the staff volunteers for their role during the Coronavirus pandemic

Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 11:31am

By Trevor Nicholas with one comment

Isle of Wight Pen Pals: Linking those feeling lonely with pen pals

woman sitting on a bed and writing a letter

Isle of Wight Pen Pals are appealing to care homes or charities whose residents/members would appreciate receiving a letter, to get in touch and they can connect them with new pen pals

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 10:00am

By Sally Perry