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7 Isle of Wight groups have received a share of more than £23,000 in the latest round of grant giving by local charity WightAID.

Grant recipients gathered at Independent Arts in Newport to receive their funding from WightAID, where they had the opportunity to meet some of the charity’s business partners and donors.

Grant recipients in June included Ventnor Exchange, to assist in a youth project linked to Ventnor Fringe, in which young people were supported to produce 3 editions of a review newspaper, along with a podcast about the Island’s largest arts festival. The grant of £4,300 funded writers, photographers, podcast makers, and a support worker, to help 15 young people aged between 14 and 25 to produce the Fringe Review.

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2 more arts organisations were awarded funding: Independent Arts received £1,099 for a pop-up gazebo for use at community events, and theatre group First Act GOT £3,500 towards their production of Beauty and the Beast to help with the cost of costumes, set construction, photography, and show marketing.

West Wight Men in Sheds were given £1,535 to convert a shipping container into a workshop for its group which meets 3 times a week in Totland Bay. The shed provides a space for members to socialise while taking on practical projects, often for the benefit of the local community.

Education and training organisations – The Isle of Wight Learning Zone and Osel Enterprises Ltd – each received funding. A grant of £350 was awarded to the Isle of Wight Learning Zone to support 20 home-educated young people to take part in the Mardi Gras, with funds put towards a costume design workshop and materials.

Osel Enterprise Ltd – which runs inclusion programmes to support people with learning difficulties, autism and mental health conditions – received £5,000 towards a minibus, which will be used for daily pick-ups and drop-offs at Osel’s disability learning centre.

Finally, the Getaway Foundation was awarded £7,341 to support its work to provide summer holidays for families living in poverty. The funding is being used to support 3 families, covering the cost of taxis, food, activities and accommodation.

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Founder of WightAID Geoff Underwood said:

“Once more, we have the honour of providing funding to a diverse and worthwhile group of organisations on the Isle of Wight, who are each making a big difference in our community.

“We are fortunate to have the support of so many generous businesses and individuals, without whose help we wouldn’t be able to sustain our grant-giving programme. Thank you to all our partners – for anyone wishing to support our work, please get in touch.”

For further information, visit www.wightaid.org

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