Since the Isle of Wight Foundation’s launch in 2014, we have given grants totalling well over £700,0000 to worthy projects on the Island.
The latest local groups to receive support with grants totalling more than £92,0000 are:
£8,500 for a fully accessible kitchen area for trainers and service users and the purchase and installation of blinds to help regulate the temperature of the charity’s training centre.
£15,000 towards the resurfacing of the club’s two tennis courts.
£15,850 for a new kiln for the manufacturing of ceramic and concrete garden products.
£16,000 for a new minibus to extend the charity’s reach across the Island and support those who are socially isolated.
£7,587.52 for the Isle of Wight Learning Disability support Centre which provides Island residents – mainly young people – with specialist training and the opportunity to gain qualifications.
£4,435 for the modernisation and refurbishment of the unit’s toilet facilities to improve accessibility and create much needed storage at the group’s headquarters.
£5,759 to purchase the equipment to run walking football sessions for people of all ages.
£16,000 New vehicle to transport safety equipment to sea swimming sessions.
£3,080 for the 4Ps Training School which uses the medium of radio to help develop young people’s confidence and communication skills.
Find out more about the work of the Isle of Wight Foundation in our annual reports
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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)