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.

Changes afoot for Ventnor Foodbank

foodbank pasta, tins etc

From next month Ventnor's Foodbank will operate independently of the Isle of Wight Foodbank and the Trussell Trust. Details of how to donate within

Friday, 19th June, 2020 10:09am

By Tony McCarthy with 2 readers' comments

West Wight Hub receives £10,000 grant to help support their work during Coronavirus

WW Hub Logo and photos of Michel and Dave - volunteers

The grant will help West Wight Sports and Community Centre continue to support over 500 residents during the Coronavirus outbreak

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 11:28am

By Sue Lupton

Watch: Pan Together’s project tackling school holiday food poverty featured as national case study

inside isobel cafe pan together

Earlier this year Pan Together were chosen as a case study for The Good Exchange. Watch the video to find out more

Friday, 5th June, 2020 11:01am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Sovereign offer funding for groups supporting others during Coronavirus lockdown

food parcel being collected

If you're an Isle of Wight charity providing support to the community during lockdown, grants from Sovereign are still available

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 5:24pm

By Sally Perry

Four Isle of Wight organisations honoured with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (updated)

susie sheldon jp Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight

The highest award that a voluntary group can receive, this is the equivalent of an individual being awarded an MBE

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 3:52pm

By Katherine Baldwin with one comment

Growing support for ‘Project Geranium’ spreads further happiness to older Island residents

People holding their geraniums

The geranium was chosen as it symbolises good health and friendship; very apt in our current circumstances.

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 12:40pm

By Elisha Leachman

Award-winning Vectis Radio team recognised with Queen’s award for Voluntary Service

Ian mac

Ian Mac says their volunteers go above and beyond serving the Isle of Wight community and "some of them have been superhuman in their efforts in helping Vectis Radio to survive"

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 7:58am

By Kelvin Currie with 2 readers' comments

Multiple Sclerosis Society Isle of Wight Group receive Queen’s award for Voluntary Service

ms society get together

The Group chair, Paul Brading, thanks all the volunteers, the shop manager, and committee members for their commitment to help make a difference to the many Islanders who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 7:45am

By Paul Brading

The Phoenix Project partially reopens and instantly has a positive impact on users

Sam from The Phoenix Project said, "Seeing smiling faces and hearing about people enjoying themselves has been a huge boost to us all"

Monday, 1st June, 2020 11:05am

By Sandra Singleton with one comment

Blue Peter Badge for Bethany and her Bee Bombs

Bethany with her blue peter badge and certificate

After making and selling dozens of Bee Bombs to fellow Guides and friends, Bethany chose Gift to Nature, part of Natural Enterprise, as the charity to benefit from her endeavours as they look after the countryside and green spaces locally

Monday, 1st June, 2020 8:19am

By Suzanne Whitewood with one comment

Cash boost helps Isle of Wight group provide sensory kits for those with dementia

nature therapy cic dementia packs

Kim from Nature Therapy CIC says sensory activities are not just pleasant things to do - they have been found to reduce social isolation, feelings of loneliness, low mood, agitation and poor sleep patterns

Sunday, 17th May, 2020 8:47am

By Sally Perry

West Wight Hub: Really positive things happening there in spite of lockdown

WW Hub Logo and photos of Michel and Dave - volunteers

There’s some great things happening at the West Wight Hub. News OnTheWight chats to Clare Griffin to find out more - “We’re going to come out of this even stronger,” she told us

Thursday, 14th May, 2020 6:57pm

By Simon Perry