30th July 2021


Stay in touch, and keep your stories coming in.

Sandy Ciccognani


IW Volunteer Centre Launches New Website

We have a new website!

The IW Volunteer Centre works with organisations looking to recruit volunteers on the Isle of Wight and with individuals wanting to take up a voluntary position. Our database currently has approx 150 active volunteer opportunities with more coming in each day. It is simple and free to use and is updated on a weekly basis.

The website also has news section devoted to volunteer stories, events, call outs and all things volunteering. If you have any news items you would like us to include, please get in touch.

If you would like any support recruiting volunteers, please take a look at our website: and email to find out how you can be part of the Virtual Volunteer Fair on 16th September.

Take a look if you would like to try something different, meet new people, give something back or perhaps learn a new skill. There may be just the volunteer opportunity you are looking for. 

Please share news about the new website to your networks and use the hashtag #IWVolunteer on social media when you post about volunteering, so that we can share your news.

Living Well Survey

Do you or someone you know need support to continue to live independently in your own home?
We are reviewing our Living Well support offer and would be really grateful for any feedback and thoughts about your own and your family’s experiences.
A short survey is available to complete online or over the phone with support:
The survey should take 5 - 10 minutes to complete. All results will be considered in planning the future of the Living Well service.  

The closing date for this survey is Sunday 8 August 2021.

If you do not have access to a computer or digital device and you would like to take part in the survey People Matter Isle of Wight (01983 241 494) or AGE UK Isle of Wight (01983 525 282) will be pleased to help you complete the survey over the telephone.
Full details here

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday 7th October 2021

RYS IOW Foundation Autumn Reception

Thursday 7th October 2021
The Chairman, Colonel Carron Snagge OBE DL, and Trustees of the Royal Yacht Squadron Isle of Wight Foundation invite you to a Reception on Thursday 7th October at 6 pm, at the Royal Yacht Squadron, The Castle, Cowes.
Following the uncertain times of the pandemic, we would like to provide an opportunity for all those involved in the careers of young people in the Isle of Wight to come together to share thoughts and experiences. We also wish to thank all who have contributed to the success of the Foundation and to provide an update of our plans for the future. An invitation will be sent out in early September, but we would be grateful if you could complete this online form to indicate your interest and advise if there is anyone else in your organisation you would like to bring.
Best wishes
RYS Isle of Wight Foundation

Holiday Activity and Food Programme

The Isle of Wight Council is reminding parents that some free spaces are still available for children on several activities and food schemes being run this summer holiday.

A wide range of activities are on offer for all ages — from dance and theatre workshops to sports and outdoor programmes — which also provide a nutritious meal.

There are places available on a paid-for basis as well as some free access for children who receive benefits-related free school meals — but spaces are going quickly!

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education. 

The aim is to make free places available to eligible children for the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for six weeks a year. This would cover four weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of provision in the 2021 Easter and Christmas holidays.

For a full list of activities, visit: 

1. The activity providers are as follows:

Aspire Ryde

Children's play session and healthy meal in the Kingdom play activity centre. Forty spaces available per day over the holidays. Email:

CM Sports

CM Sports is offering sports coaching and arts and crafts activities for eligible children aged five to 11 in Newport (Barton Primary and Nine Acres Primary). Bookings: 02392 987881 or visit:  

Community Action

Community Action are delivering activities such as sports, drama, singing and yoga for ages eight to 16 years old in East Cowes. Bookings email

Island Riding Centre

Riding sessions with a healthy lunch provided for ages six to 14. Bookings: (01983) 214000 or email  

Nine Acres Primary School

Nine Acres Primary School are providing activities for ages six to ten years old. Activities include art, music and team games. Bookings: or call: (01983) 522984.

Scalllywags (Broadlea Primary School)

Scallywags Holiday Fun Club are offering spaces for ages three to 18 years old. Email: for more information.

Theatre Educational

Theatre Educational has a range of professional, experienced community arts tutors who will provide arts and theatre themed activity for seven to 16 year olds at Oakfield and Barton primary schools. Visit 

West Wight Nursery

West Wight Nursery are offering places for five to ten year olds. Bookings: (01983) 640190.


YMCA are offering places at its day camps throughout the summer holidays for children aged up to 12 years old. Email: or call (01983) 862441 (option 4).

Ventnor Town Council

Ventnor Town Council are providing sessions at St Catherine's School offering activities including arts and crafts, sports, bush craft and much more. For 11 to 16 years old. Email:

Ventnor Community Early Years

Ventnor Community Early Years are providing sessions offering activities including gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts, sports, and forest school and much more. For five to ten year olds. Email: or call (01983) 856868.

The Advocacy People – User Experience Survey 2021

The Isle of Wight Council is currently reviewing the independent health complaints advocacy service it provides in order to improve and develop this valuable support provision for local residents.

As you may be aware, an independent advocate is able to support someone to make a complaint when they are not happy with the NHS funded care or treatment that they have received. The advocate will help the person to understand and navigate the complaints process and support them to decide what they want to achieve by making the complaint and look at what their options are. This service is currently delivered, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, by The Advocacy People (formerly SEAP).
In order to gather a wide range of feedback to support this review, we would like to hear your thoughts and experiences of the current complaints advocacy provision provided by The Advocacy People on the Isle of Wight and your views about the future provision of this service. Please comment on the service provided by The Advocacy People regardless of the outcome of any specific complaint. If you have not used the service we are still keen to hear if you have been informed about it and maybe decided not to use it.  

We would be grateful if you would complete this online survey here  
The survey should take 5 - 10 minutes to complete.  The closing date for this survey is 5th September.  If you have any queries about this survey and/or would like to speak to someone about it, please contact Liz Hennessy, Commissioning Officer at the Isle of Wight Council:

Isle of Wight Festival of The Mind - 10th October

The IOW Festival of the Mind will take place once again thanks to funding from WightAid. This year it will be held at the YMCA Centre, Shanklin on Sunday 10th October.
Tickets for workshops and talks are bookable now for FREE: Isle of Wight Festival of the Mind 2021 Tickets, Sun 10 Oct 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Free stalls are available for not-for-profit organisations who run projects related to wellbeing. Please apply here:
Application for Stall | Wight 2 B Happy

Safe Places

Safe Places Isle of Wight is supported by the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board, headed up by the user-led disability charity People Matter IW, Inclusion Outright CIC and Healthwatch IOW. 

A Safe Place is a location in the community, like a shop, a community centre, or a café where someone who may be feeling vulnerable can go to in order to get help and assistance.

Our Safe Places are all members of our community who have volunteered their location and time in order to offer a sanctuary for anyone in need.

Safe Places only exists because of amazing volunteers who offer up their space and their time to those seeking help and support.

We have some fantastic community leaders, organisations and business on the Island that are willing to help and do an incredible job. If you’re interested in joining the Safe Places family, its free, it doesn’t take up too much time and you’d be offering a wonderful service to the community around you.

To take the first steps in getting registered. See here

Thanks To The Green Gym


With the lifting of the Coronavirus restrictions, the Green Gym are beginning to resume their activities. 

Isle of Wight Green Gym is an independent community group with over a decade of volunteering experience. By getting involved in practical conservation work they aim to benefit the countryside of the Isle of Wight, and improve the health of their members at the same time.

They meet every Wednesday morning throughout the year at venues right across the Island.  

Community Action IW would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Green Gym for their hard work last month, tackling the weeds around the Riverside. Due to the Centre being used as a vaccination station, they had to work around those coming and leaving but there was more than enough for them to be getting on with around the flower beds, pathways and car parking areas. 

If you would like to volunteer email: or phone 07528 376399

For general enquiries:

Tel: 07811 206969


Cancer Awareness Training - Free

Communities Against Cancer project are trying to reach communities with messages of cancer awareness, especially those who face health inequalities. Their upcoming Zoom workshops in September & October are free to attend for any voluntary groups, charities and local partners who may be interested. Other sessions will also be available and bespoke sessions can be arranged for particular groups/areas so please get in touch if you would like to discuss this option.
Our grants of up to £5,000 are also still available to support groups to do cancer awareness work. Please see our website here

Plan Your Fundraising Strategy

Weds 8th September £25
How to plan your fundraising strategy Tickets, Wed 8 Sep 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Bereavement Training

The bereavement centre are running some online training with Aspire Ryde. .
All sessions will run from 10am-12pm and will be accessed by Microsoft Teams. If you cannot do them all at this time, they will be rolled out again at a future date.
All sessions will run from 10am-12pm and will be accessed via Microsoft Teams.
  • Thursday 15th July After a person Dies
  • Thursday 22nd July Anticipatory Grief
  • Thursday 29th July Understanding Loss & Bereavement
  • Thursday 5th August Anxiety & Loss
  • Thursday 12th August Building Resilience
  • Thursday 19th August Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Thursday 26th August Mindfulness
If you volunteer or work for a not-for-profit organisation and would like to take part, please contact
Places are limited and need to be booked in advance

CAIW Community Resilience Project

FREE of charge learning opportunities in July and August: Full timetable

Volunteering & Job Opportunities

Brading Roman Villa

Several volunteer opportunities are now available at Brading Roman Villa, including Education Assistant for Brading Roman Villa Trust | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (

Database Volunteer for The Advocacy People

This is an opportunity to work with an organisation committed to helping people have their voice heard and to improve NHS services on the Isle of Wight.

We provide the Independence Health Complaints Advocacy service and are looking for volunteers to support our advocates and help ensure that vulnerable people living on the Isle of Wight know that they can access free and independent advocacy support.

Database Volunteer for The Advocacy People | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (
Who are the Advocacy People and what do they do?

Cruse Bereavement Supporter

Cruse Bereavement Supporter help the charity to raise funds for our activities.

We do this currently through cake sales at different events (e.g. Open Studios and Christmas Fairs).

Supporters can bake, make jam etc for us and/or help at the stall.

We also run quiz nights and other social events - when allowed!

For this we need people to encourage donated prizes for raffles and to help organise the events.

We are always looking for other ideas to raise funds and are open to any suggestions.
Cruse Bereavement Supporter for Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Wight | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (

Red Cross Mobility Aids Driver


The British Red Cross provides valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they're recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house. Our volunteer-led Mobility Aids Service provides wheelchair delivery and short-term loans of equipment across the UK, helping tens of thousands of people every year.

About this role

A Mobility Aids Spoke Driver will deliver wheelchairs to local beneficiaries. This key role will enable people to return home after an illness or surgery and help them to remain independent or go on a holiday or trip with friends or family. It will involve driving a Red Cross vehicle.

Mobility Aids Driver for British Red Cross | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (

Visitors For Blind Veterans

Volunteers needed in Ryde and Yafford for regular visits
Home Visitor Weekly - Ryde for Blind Veterans UK | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (

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. 


DWF Foundation

The DWF Foundation is an independent charity, founded by DWF. It has the sole aim of providing funds, resources and mentoring support to help individuals, groups and communities to achieve their full potential.
Areas of support

The DWF Foundation supports registered charities with an impact in one or more of the following areas:

  • Homelessness
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employability
  • Education
  • Environment and Sustainability

Grants are given to initiatives that develop and improve local communities by:

  • Tackling a specific community issue.
  • Helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient.
  • Encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
  • Enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community.
For further details see: DWF Foundation Grant Guidelines.pdf

Communities Against Cancer Grants

Communities Against Cancer project are trying to reach communities with messages of cancer awareness, especially those who face health inequalities. Grants of up to £5,000 are still available to support groups to do cancer awareness work. Please see website here
The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations in several ways throughout the year. Working with Asda’s Community Champions in store, we are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a variety of local community projects.

The ‘Bringing Communities Back Together’ grant will provide financial aid to local groups in two phases. Phase 1 July – September and phase 2 October – December; either through a celebration event (following social distancing guidelines) or by getting their activities and services back on track. Groups who cannot physically be back together, but whose activities are still open and available to the community, may also be included in this award
Further information here

Grants to Support Canoeing

Not-for-profit organisations, charities, clubs, and other interest groups based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands can apply for a grant to help them to increase participation in canoeing. Grants ranging from £500 to £10,000 can be used to clean up, improve, promote or develop launching points and waterside locations; providing better accessibility or facilities at waterside locations; and improving the quality of the waterways and oceans through support, for example practical kits, for a clean-up or an improved natural habitat. Examples of projects supported include a grant for Canoe Trail Improvement at Lazonby and Bamford on the upper Derbyshire Derwent delivered in partnership with the Parish Council. The funding is being made available through the Canoe Foundation 
Closing date for applications is the 31st August 2021

Local Connections Fund Deadline Extended


The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that round 2 of the £4 million Local Connections Fund has re-opened for applications. The Local Connections Fund provides grants of £300 - £2,500 to small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) that are working to reduce loneliness by helping people build connections across their communities. A total of £2 million is available in this funding round. Organisations that received funding in the first round, will not be eligible for funding in the second round.
Further details here
Application deadline:  is now 5pm on the 20th August 2021.

Cultural Impact Development Grant

Nesta, the innovation agency, has announced changes to its Cultural Impact Development Fund, which offers investment up to £150,000 for arts and culture organisations. The Cultural Impact Development Fund, which was previously a loan fund, will now include grants up to 10 per cent of the total investment. The £3.1 million Fund has been restructured to make it more responsive to the economic shock of COVID-19 and aims to offer more flexible financial support to organisations as they adapt. The fund has been specifically designed to offer flexible finance to arts and culture organisations working with the people and communities in greatest need.
Details here
Capital Grants for Projects that Benefit Disadvantaged People

The Clothworkers Foundation awards grants to charities and other not for profit organisations (including special schools) to support capital projects that support disadvantaged sections of the community. This can include the purchase or renovation of buildings and the purchase of equipment and vehicles. To be eligible the projects must fit within one or more of the Foundation’s specified programme areas. This includes alcohol & substance misuse; disadvantaged minority communities; disadvantaged young people; domestic & sexual abuse; homelessness; domestic & sexual abuse; and older people. Applications can be made at any time. The Foundation aim to make a decision within eight weeks for grants and projects less than £10,000 or within six months for grants over £10,000.
Details here

GSK Impact Awards


The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The new GSK Grow programme supports charities with total annual income between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200.
Further details here

Events/ Online Activities

Biodiversity Day - Thursday 5th August 
10.30am to 3pm at Hookes Way Green Space, Newport (off Hunnyhill)
Lots of activities for the whole family, free entry and freebies to take away
• Build a bug hotel, Bird feeder making, build a bee bomb, show and tell table, giant cartoon to colour in, interactive table, hook a duck, wildlife bingo.
• Information areas – ask an expert session, how to increase bio diversity in a small space, how to encourage bees into a garden/patio/balcony. Why is it important to increase bio diversity?
• Electric cars – take a look, speak to a driver of an electric car –
• Green champions – Learn how to become a green champion in your community.
• Take-aways for all - Homemade bee bombs and bird feeders to take away along with ideas for a scavenger hunt and plant and animal ID sheets.
Bring a picnic and drinks as food is not provided.
Free and for all residents.
More information to follow.
For more information or say you are coming along so we know approximate number, please email Becky on
We just ask that if you are feeling unwell or are self isolating, not to attend. Thank you!

Ventnor Day - 14th August

Isle 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

Nautical Newport -31st July

Market Days CIC believe markets should be a focal part of the community in Newport and that is why they are working hard to bring them back to our historic county town. You can get involved with this project in a number of ways. See here for further details.
Each week ther is a different theme to the Saturday market. On the 31st July it will be Nautical Newport!
IW Virtual Volunteer Fair - 16th September

More details coming soon.
If you would like to take part, please email

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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