Since the Isle of Wight Foundation’s launch in 2014, we have given grants totalling more than £670,000 to worthy projects on the Island.
We have granted £85,297.05 to 11 community groups for projects taking place in 2022-2023:
Arreton Junior Cricket Club – £4,891 for more quality bats for the club’s young players, along with safety equipment and a new bowling machine and portable batting cage – allowing young players to hone their skills and have fun in a healthy outdoor activity which promotes teamwork.
Havenstreet Community Association – £7,217 to renovate the community centre’s garden to make it an accessible, safe, pleasant and welcoming space for the community to use.
Home-Start Isle of Wight – £3,539.38 to fund a new scheme called Reaching Out Remotely which provides support to families at risk of crisis. New tablet devices and mobile phones will assist in training support volunteers remotely and will be used by volunteers to connect with families and help them to access services and support.
Pan Together – £15,561.30 for its community hub in East Newport to create a new ‘community fridge’ where surplus and just-in-date fresh and frozen food donated from supermarkets and wholesalers can be safely stored and made available to vulnerable local residents.
Ryde Sea Cadets – £3,115 to purchase first aid equipment and watersports kit for use by its young cadets.
Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat Station – £7,156 to repair the station’s leaking roof which is threatening to damage equipment inside which is vital to the organisation’s life-saving work.
St Helens Community Centre – £4,659 for new chairs and tables which are easier to clean – making the centre more Covid-secure. They new furniture is also easier to store making its spaces more flexible for groups that use the centre.
The Common Space – £5,000 to create a new public garden in Sandown to enhance the area for residents and visitors and create volunteering opportunities.
The Phoenix Project – £5,306.37 to support its Wood ‘n’ Things project in Newport which supports individuals with learning disabilities and autism to live more independent and fulfilling lives. New tools and woodwork equipment will give more people the opportunity to gain hands on carpentry experience, make products, handle orders and serve customers.
Wessex Cancer Trust – £12,852 to help fund its patient transport scheme for Isle of Wight residents required to travel to hospitals in Portsmouth and Southampton for cancer diagnosis or treatment.
WightSAR (Isle of Wight Search & Rescue) – £16,000 to buy and adapt a much-needed new command vehicle to replace the existing one that is 13 years old and increasingly unreliable and expensive to maintain.
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Jan Brookes CEO Isle Access “The funding for bikes and storage facility have enabled us to create a cycling programme for people who cannot ride regular two-wheeled cycles. The people using the bikes are gaining new skills such as, confidence, balance, coordination, and they are now enjoying a sport that they previously couldn’t take part in. We are very grateful to the Foundation for funding this project.” Isle Access: £16,000 for accessible cycling equipment (social integration – community life)
Trudie Augustus-Harris Administrator YMCA Young Carers “The ‘Me Time’ project benefitted the Young Carers in a diverse amount of positive ways. It was great to be able to give them the opportunity to do something just for themselves ranging from learning a new instrument to being able to buy equipment for a new hobby that they’d always had a passion for. It really has made a positive difference to their lives. Thank you Isle of Wight Foundation!” YMCA Young Carers: £6,000 to fund individual grants to young carers (building better communities – social integration)
Luke Kerr IW Beach Soccer “Beach soccer is continually growing in popularity due to its accessibility, health and social benefits. The new goals funded by the Isle of Wight Foundation have helped to secure our future and allow us to focus on our strategy to work more closely with Island schools to give even more young people the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from beach soccer.” Isle of Wight Beach Soccer: £3,657 for new sets of goals (Access to employment – youth and citizenship)
Abbie James IW Coordinator Wave Project “The grant that we received from the IW Foundation has been pivotal in strengthening the project and has allowed us to reach even more young people. Throughout the whole process, the team at Island Roads were really helpful and super supportive. Thank you!” Wave Project: £9,750 for equipment to help vulnerable children and young people to access surf therapy sessions (Building better communities – social integration)
Chris Bagnall Wight Home Care “The new bus has made a huge difference to our members who really look forward to their trips out with the club. The new bus is larger and able to accommodate up to three wheelchair users at once, which is hugely beneficial. As well as enabling our members to do some shopping or visit an attraction, the Daisy Chain Club has important social benefits. Our members love catching up with friends – and meeting new ones – while out and about.” Wight Home Care: £15,000 to help fund a new minibus for the Daisy Chain Club (Building better communities – social integration)