24th September 2021


Stay in touch, and keep your stories coming in.

Sandy Ciccognani


Volunteer Thank You Event

Many thanks to all those who attended the Community Action IW Thank You Event for volunteers as part of IOW Day.
Please see some of the video recordings that were gathered for the event on our Volunteer Centre You Tube Channel and thank you again to all those who contributed. We'd also like to thank once again all our sponsors who contributed so generously.
Thank yous to volunteers!

New Learning Together Programme AutumnWinter 2021-22


Recruitment open now for Learning Together Programme

  • Are you a voluntary, community sector, faith organisation or social enterprise? 
  • Interested in social prescribing but not sure how to engage locally? 
  • Want to learn more, get free training and find out how to engage in your area?

Scroll down to learn more and sign up

Market Days In Newport

"You may have noticed that with my “other Hat” on I have been organising weekly Saturday markets in St Thomas Sq. We have found that it is really a great opportunity for building a sense of community and the marketplace is a traditional place for people to come together and socialise as well as shop.
So we are using this to create a community information and signposting stand on a Saturday morning. We have got help in the form of Councillor Michael Smith who is also a qualified Citizens Advice First aider who will help to man a stand which will have some leaflets and resources (QR codes etc) to point people in the direction of some of the wonderful initiatives that local charities and organisations have underway.
So to this end would you please send me any ideas of things that you would like to have promoted in the Square – especially if you have any leaflets or posters that you would like to display. If you could please drop them off at 128 Pyle Street by Friday afternoon that would be wonderful. If you have any other suggestions please do make them – I am open to all and any ideas!
Kind Regards, 
Claire Kennard
Community Resilience Coordinator
Newport Area

Advice For Keeping Village Halls Safe

Briefing prepared by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) provides an interpretation of the Government’s new Covid Winter Plan to help those managing community buildings.

Over the summer months, many of England’s 10,000+ village halls have reopened for the enjoyment of their local community. Halls like Warton in Lancashire who hosted a Big Back Together Bash celebrating all of the groups who use the building, and Mickleton Village Hall in County Durham who’ve been holding regular creative workshops with rural touring groups to bring arts to their community.

But with the winter months approaching and fears that there may be a more pronounced third wave of the virus, ACRE is urging halls management committees to take note of the latest government guidance for keeping their users safe.
Further details here


This Girl Can Subsidised Training

Energise Me are working with EMD (Exercise, Music and Dance) governing body to set up This Girl Can training to enable instructors to run this Girl Can classes to help inactive women address barriers to exercise.  The training is to train instructors in 6 different exercise disciplines along with the soft skills to help women feel more confident when embarking on exercise.  See here for more information.
Energise Me have a number of subsidised places on the training which they would like to offer to instructors in certain areas including the Isle of Wight.  A pre-requisite is the instructor must have an exercise to music qualification.  As well as the training, Energise Me will provide some support to help you set up the classes and help find women in your local area to come along to them.
If you, or someone you know, fits the criteria and are interested and/or would like to know more, please do get in touch with Juliette Green, Marketing and Projects Officer

Community Resilience Training

The Community Resilience Project is offering, through a number of trainers, a mix of mental health, listening, coaching and awareness training.
Some courses are already fully booked, but places are still available on many of the courses.
See here

Volunteering & Job Opportunities

Project Manager for Community Resilience Project  - PT

On 1 May 2021, Community Action Isle of Wight started a new project thanks to grant funding from the National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF).

 Our key delivery partners in this project are Aspire Ryde and West Wight Sports and Community Centre.

 Up until the end of October 2022, we will work with community hubs, parish and town councils, statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations and businesses across the island to:

  • support local community projects and initiatives;
  • use participation in community and voluntary activity to  build skills, confidence, personal networks and wellbeing;
  • facilitate community resilience planning for the post-pandemic recovery.

You can find more information about this project here:

If you are interested in the role please forward a C.V. with a covering letter explaining why you are interested and appropriate for the role to

Closing date: 27/9/2021

Fundraising and Communications Manager for IW Youth Trust

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust are thrilled to be recruiting for a Fundraising and Communications Manager to join their expanding team.
- Are you keen to listen to the needs of children and young people to help shape the Youth Trust’s future?
- Are you encouraging, compassionate, respectful and non-judgemental?
- Are you prepared to be transparent and accountable in your practice?
Isle of Wight Youth Trust is an independent local charity, working in our local community for over 30 years, delivering confidential, professional counselling, therapeutic and wellbeing services for children and young people. Our work increasingly extends to preventative work, education and training on mental health, as well as advocacy work in seeking to influence improvements to mental health services on the Island.
If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people, we want to hear from you.
As Fundraising and Communications Manager, your training and experience will enable you increase the provision of funding streams to enable the Isle of Wight Youth Trust to carry out its charitable objects and increase opportunities for developing new and existing projects. You will be responsible for raising funds for the Youth Trust from grants/trusts and developing other key income streams: community donations, major donors, regular giving, corporate and legacy giving. There may also be opportunities to develop social enterprise.
Head to for full details.
Applications close 9am, Monday 4th October.

Volunteer Drivers Urgently Needed for Optio


Optio Voluntary Car Service urgently needs volunteer drivers  to transport Optio members to and from their destination using your own car. This will often be to medical appointments and is a service mostly used by the elderly and frail who have limited transport options.

Drivers are particularly needed in the following areas:









For more information see here or email

Please share with anyone you may know.
You can search the IW Volunteer Centre database for volunteering opportunities at any time.

If you are looking to recruit volunteers, please sign up with the Volunteer Centre or get in touch with if you have any problems registering. 


Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants is always open for applications from charities and community organisations to bid for up to £1,500. Three projects in 575 local communities are voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every three months. 

Please Contact Elizabeth Hodgson Groundwork Community Enabler if you are interested in applying for a Tesco Community Grant of up to 1.5k for projects taking place in 2022
Applications for the next in store vote will need to be submitted by mid-October but as this is a rolling programme you can apply at any time
We are looking to support projects that focus on Children Families and Young People as well as Food Insecurity Projects like breakfast clubs, community food beds, food banks or fridges.
Due to the new Tesco opening in Freshwater in November the island is in a very lucky position of having two Tesco regions so there will now be double to opportunity for funding.  West Wight will now have its own voting area and the rest of the island will come under the Ryde store

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Lloyds Bank Foundation is an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group. They partner with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Hedley Foundation

The Hedley Foundation provides grants to smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need. They support hundreds of small charities, improving lives and lifting people’s aspirations.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants to support projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation especially in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage.

MSE Charity

The MSE Charity gives grants to UK not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement. The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period. Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.

Jephcott Charitable Trust

The Jephcott Charitable Trust makes grants for charitable purposes in four main areas of funding: population control, the natural environment, education and health.

Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust was established in 1920 for the "encouragement and assistance of educational work and social service" Today, the Trust continues to assist in these areas by providing grants to individuals and organisations. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals and registered charities. To apply you should create an account on the website and request a form. Applications can be made at any time and will be considered at Trustees meetings held twice a year usually in July and November. Address:

SUEZ Communities Trust

SUEZ Communities Trust is an ethical funding organisation dedicated to making lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life

Charities and other charitable organisations can apply for grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 to engage with people in England most affected by loneliness during COVID-19. The funding is open to organisations that have a track record of delivering effective communications and engagement activity at a national level; and who have a proven reach and track record of engaging with one or more of the target groups most affect ted by loneliness. This includes young people aged 16-24; people with diagnosed mental health conditions; people living alone; people from lower income households; unemployed people; and disabled people. This funding is for organisations to continue, adapt or expand existing activity that reaches groups at a higher risk of loneliness and supports the government’s loneliness objectives. The total funding available is £260,000. The closing date for applications is the 13th October 2021.

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.
Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £40,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We're looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.                                      
We're also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.
You can apply for funding for one to two years, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to think about your project and how you will adapt in the medium term while restrictions are in place.
​Applying couldn't be easier. It's an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish.
​Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, Active Communities is currently open in the following area:
  • Health Lottery South East - we are open in parts of Portsmouth, Havant, Isle of Wight, Gosport, Eastbourne, Bedford, Arun and Worthing, Cherwell, Wycombe, Vale of White Horse, Oxford and Milton Keynes. We opened on Wednesday 8 September and will close on Wednesday 6 October at 1pm.
​Further details here

Events/ Online Activities

Hullabaloo Lite

Hullabaloo Lite will take place at Brown’s Golf Course on the 9th & 10th October.
Hullabaloo, an unusual combination of the arts, sciences & heritage together with the madcap antics of carnival & seaside traditions. 2021 will still be the brilliant free family event it’s always been - two days of amazing art & science is heading your way. We are easing our way back into the real world with a small scale event but we assure you it will be just as beautiful! More information here

sle of Wight Festival of The Mind - 10th October

The IOW Festival of the Mind will be held at the YMCA Centre, Shanklin on Sunday 10th October. Tickets for workshops and talks will soon be available. Find out more Kindly sponsored by the WightAid Foundation
Book now for FREE workshops Isle of Wight Festival of the Mind 2021 Tickets, Sun 10 Oct 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

IW Virtual Volunteer Fair - Ongoing

Please take a look at the Virtual Volunteer Fair

Swim For Wellbeing

Swim for Wellbeing courses are being offered free of charge to those with a long term health condition or on a very low income, thanks to grant funding from Energise Me to Swim The Wight CIC. Although courses have already started, new particiapants can join at any time. Email: for details.

The voluntary sector makes a huge contribution in every area of our lives. If you have a story to share or any queries about the content of this newsletter, please contact
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