Latest News


WayForwardLloydsCommunityFundThe Way Forward Programme has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 on the Isle of Wight and by encouraging the public to vote, Way Forward has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue doing good work in the community.

The charity provides 7 days a week support to people with physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions.  It runs an activity centre at Downside Community Centre in Newport where it offers a wide range of sessions including art, drama, IT, photography, cookery and fashion.  It also works with other community groups such as the Green Gym on conservation projects around the Island.

Staff at Way Forward work hard to make it a life changing experience for every person they support.  They enable people to learn skills and abilities to help them live as independently as possible, in a fun and safe environment.  They organise full scale musical productions at Medina Theatre, art and photography exhibitions and fashion shows.

Article continues below this advertisement

Programme Lead, Lee White said:

“The Lloyds Bank Community Fund will make a huge difference to the activities we can offer.  We would be able to buy new sensory equipment.

“With a simple text or tweet we can encourage active engagement, inspire positive interaction within the community, enhance learning and build people’s confidence.”

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to up to 1,400 local good causes in 350 communities.

There are four good causes shortlisted in each community and Lloyds Bank is inviting everyone to vote for the causes they’d most like to support.

Article continues below this advertisement

Members of the public can vote for their preferred community group on-line, by SMS or Twitter, or in a branch of Lloyds bank from 2 September to 10 October 2014. The local good cause that receives most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.

You can find out more about the Community Fund and Way Forwardand cast your vote by visiting the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at:

Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open until Friday 10 October.

Do you follow Island Echo on Facebook?
Get access to exclusive news, photos, videos and merchandise by becoming a supporter through Facebook Subscriptions! Find out more at

News, Traffic & Travel Tweets