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Winter Community Fund Applications

4 months ago Mon 14th Oct 2019

Following the success of our first Community Fund, we’re delighted to reopen applications on 1st November 2019. We welcome all causes, organisations and events - big or small - to apply for part or all of our £500 Community Fund support.

The Southern Vectis Community Fund is a dedicated resource for supporting local causes, charities and organisations, whether it is monetary support, marketing help, free travel or the use of a bus for an event required.

To apply, simply let us know who you are, what you do and how a donation from Southern Vectis could benefit your cause.

Launching the initiative in May, we were bowled over at your response with over 70 local applicants. Our Community Fund board had the painstaking task of selecting which causes they felt would most benefit from a donation from the first £500 pot.


The May Community Fund was divided between:


An important local charity, West Wight Men in Sheds do a brilliant job of bringing Isle of Wight men aged 18+ together on projects with an aim to prevent loneliness and isolation. Research shows that men find it harder to build social connections compared with woman, and rarely share personal concerns. For some men, retirement can also bring with it a lost sense of purposefulness and identity.

Through regular meetings and local projects, West Wight Men in Sheds bring lonely and vulnerable men of all ages together, learning new skills, having fun and creating a sense of belonging.

The Community Fund board found this to be an important project and put forward a donation to the group to help with the completion of their new “shed”, which has been spent on paint for the outside of what was a men’s changing room at Totland.

Find out more about West Wight Men in Sheds:



Brading Community Centre is a project supporting over 90 local children between the ages of 8 to 18 living in rural poverty and with special needs. It is also a hub for Men in Sheds, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and many other community groups.

The Community Centre offers support for those who need it, providing a safe place for children to play, do homework, make friends, talk to a friendly face and eat. While many children receive free school meals during term time, this stops in the school holidays. The Community Centre offers a “Cook and Eat” programme to teach children how to cook, and to take the strain of off struggling parents. It is open 5 days a week, costs just 50p a day and relies on support and funding from local businesses to keep up the support it offers.

The Community Fund board found this to be a very worthy cause and put forward a donation towards a new projector as requested, which will be used to show films and create a cinema experience for families who can’t afford such luxuries.



Freshwater Independent Lifeboat is a lifesaving service run entirely by volunteers from St Catherine’s Lighthouse and Hurst Castle up to 30nm out. In order to provide this vital service, members of the local community require professional training and standard equipment in order to serve and save lives at sea.

The Community Fund board were impressed by the professional and lifesaving organisation running entirely on volunteers in some of the roughest parts of the Island’s coastlines. A donation was made made towards new dry suits to protect the hardworking crew and keep them dry in winter weather.



Rev Corrine Smith of St Boniface Church, Bonchurch is heading up a local project group to create a beautiful relaxation garden for the local community to enjoy. The aim of the garden is to provide a peaceful and safe place for people to sit, think and relax close to nature. The garden will be full of bee friendly plants and flowers, the perfect place for sit, unwind and feel safe and belonging.

The Community Fund board felt this was a small but important community project to support, creating a tranquil place for people to enjoy and encouraging nature into the garden.

A donation was made of a gift voucher for the project group to select a plant or feature for the garden as paid for by Southern Vectis.


We’re proud to support and be a part of our local community, providing a quality bus service and offering support for local causes and events where needed.

Look out for Community Fund applications opening 1st November 2019.

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