Since it’s launch back in September last year, Wight AID has granted a total of £94,000 to local causes and plans to do another 8 grant rounds this year alone. Wight AID raises funds from businesses operating on the Island, and distributes it to a range of charities and good causes on the Isle of Wight.
Thanks to donations from IFPL, Westridge Limited, Rouse Limited, Glanville’s Solicitors and public donations, Wight AID is able to support these 6 local charities in this grant round:
• The Wave Project have been granted £5,000 to provide surf courses and therapy to young people at risk of mental illness, social isolation or with physical disabilities. They take vulnerable young people on a six week surfing course to improve their wellbeing then they help run a surf club to allow therapy to become long term.
• Jigsaw Family Support have been granted £4,000 towards their ‘Managing Family Separation’ project. Jigsaw Family Support are a registered Children’s Contact Centre on the IOW providing support to families following separation. The centre offers Child Contact Arrangements and handovers, along with parental support.
• People Matter IW have been granted £3,950 towards their ‘Autism Inclusion Matters’ project. This will provide social groups and activities for adults with autism. People Matter IW supports people with disabilities in the community by providing support groups, advice, equipment, resources and assists in recruiting Personal Assistants.
• Gift to Nature have been granted £3,462 towards installation of signage to create awareness on the Gift to Nature sites. Gift to Nature promotes the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the IOW.
• Ryde Sea Cadets have been granted £2,500 towards purchasing a Box Trailer to transport their band equipment and other kit. The Sea Cadets provides a safe and secure environment where young people can better themselves and learn new skills. The cadets also get the opportunity to gain sailing qualifications, first aid, and other skills. The Cadet band plays at numerous public events.
• Cowes Sailability Club have been granted £1,280 towards the running of their boat Dougall II for the 2017 season. Cowes Sailabiilty is a charitable organisation run by volunteers offering sailing and recreational boating opportunities for adults and children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and debilitating long term conditions.
The trustees expect to make the next distribution of funds in March 2017. More information about how to support Wight AID, and how to apply for a grant can be found on their website www.wightaid.org.