IW Festival Charity Row

The Isle of Wight Festival hosted an impressive array of local and national charities this year, on a new “Charities Row” at the top of the main field. I spoke to people from each of the charities and made some interesting contacts. It’s worth reading this as you may find something to add to your program (especially with the Earl Mountbatten Hospice).  Most of the charities are willing to come to Scout meetings to explain their work. Why not contact them to see what you can do to help them as part of your community work.

Round 1

Along the top of the field was Isle of Wight Scouts (yes, us), Haylands Farm, Save The Children and GirlGuiding Isle of Wight.


IW Scouts

We had a large team at the Festival, giving young people and adults chance to chill out and play games. It gives us the chance to chat to people and interest them in Scouting. We’ve been at the Festival a number of times over the years and we always get a healthy crop of new recruits, including a couple of adults. We’re not selfish, we’ll talk to anyone and hope to interest people from other parts of the Country in joining Scouting too. In fact this year we managed to speak to some American Eagle Scouts, some Scout leaders from Hong Kong and we persuaded a Swedish couple to look into joining up when they returned home.

The Festival is a brilliant place for us to bring leaders and Scouts who have never helped at a PR event and show them how our Media Team works. Some of our Festival work features in our Media Team Training Course, which you can download from our Media pages.


Haylands Farm

‘Providing Training, Education & Work Experience for People with a Learning Disability’, Haylands Farm was opened in 1976 by two parents who wanted to provide an occupational future for their children. They bought Haylands Farm at a time when it was a tumbledown farmhouse standing in an acre of mud, where the only crop was thistle.

The farm owners joined forces with Isle of Wight Mencap and the local community.  In 1977 the farm became a small day unit for school leavers. Forty years on and it continues to provide services to young people and adults who have learning disabilities.

Haylands is always please to receive visitors to explain the workings of the farm.

Visit Haylands Farm website.


Save the Children

International organization Save the Children stands side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure children survive, get protection when they’re in danger, and have the chance to learn. In 2017, we helped 13 million children. Learn more about our work below.

Save the Children have information which they can send out to interested organisations.

Visit Save the Children website


Girlguiding Isle of Wight

Our Sister Movement was founded in 1910, 3 years after Scouts. As the name says, it is an organisation for girls.

Visit GGIW website



Round 2

Down the north side of the field were Amnesty International, Hampshire & IW Air Ambulance, Bone Marrow Register, Sailors-Society, Daisy’s Cake stall, Dimbola Lodge, Gay Pride, St Catherines Sweet Shop, Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Beaulieu Respite,and Prostate Cancer UK.


Amnesty International


Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
We are funded by members and people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.
Few would have predicted when we started that torturers would become international outlaws. That most countries would abolish the death penalty. And seemingly untouchable dictators would be made to answer for their crimes.

Visit the AI website


Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance


We all know the vital role the Air Ambulance plays in transporting casualties and patients to St Mary’s hospital and across the Solent for specialist treatment

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) flies an Airbus H135.
In 2014 we announced our commitment to full night flying capability, and in October 2015 the enhanced model Airbus H135 helicopter, specially equipped for night flying, arrived at our airbase in Thruxton.
The H135 is an upgraded version of our previous helicopter, the EC135. Like the EC135, the H135 can land in an area the size of a tennis court and can be anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes and the Isle of Wight in 20 minutes. It also has skids, which are ideal for the varied terrain we have in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The H135 is known for its high endurance, compact build, low sound levels, reliability and versatility.
The H135 can carry three or four crew members which means that, not only are we able to carry a doctor and a paramedic on board most flights, but sometimes a family member can also travel with the patient.

Visit the HIOWAA website


The Bone Marrow Register

Bone marrow is a remarkable factory. It’s the soft, spongy tissue found at the centre of certain bones in your body where blood stem cells live. Blood stem cells produce all your essential blood cells, such as red blood cells to carry oxygen and white blood cells to fight infection.

There are some diseases, such as some forms of leukaemia, which stop the factory from working properly. For many such patients, the best hope of a cure is receiving a stem cell transplant. Find out how you can become a bone marrow or blood stem cell donor.

The British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR) is part of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). We help patients find suitable stem cell matches by recruiting potential donors from our dedicated blood donors.

Visit the BBMR website


The Sailors Society

Based in Southampton members of the Sailors Society came along to talk about their work.

Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. Our chaplains help seafarers and their families, from all faiths and none, with welfare and practical support. We visit ships in ports and talk with seafarers away from home for up to a year at a time; we help them get in touch with much missed loved ones and access medical treatment; we liaise with frightened families when seafarers are kidnapped by terrorists or imprisoned, mostly through no fault of their own; and we build homes and schools and provide grants to bring hope and security to seafaring communities.

We cannot do this without your help. Why should you care? Almost everything we own or use comes by sea – our cars, our computers, our phones. We all rely on seafarers. Seafarers rely on us.

visit the society’s website



Daisy’s Cake Stall

Daisy Chains IW was founded in 2012 and is an Isle of Wight based Children’s charity. The charity was founded by a group of Island parents, who have children that have been affected by long term sickness or disability.

After years of Supporting  their own children they strongly felt there was a need for something to be available on the Isle of Wight  to help those parents who are unable to  access the equipment and therapies  needed to help their children progress.

The charity has now grown and while they continue to run the office day to day there is now a strong team of trustees in place to over see the organisation.

Daisy’s Cake Stall is a way of attracting people for a chat about this brilliant charity.

Visit  daisy’s  website



Dimbola Lodge

Dimbola was the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe

Festival promoter Solo currently sponsors the Isle of Wight Festival Gallery ,An exhibition focusing on the third and final of the original Isle of Wight Festivals held at Afton in 1970 within sight and sound of Dimbola and which saw Jimi Hendrix’s last major performance and his last in the UK.

The display includes rare posters and photographs of these legendary festivals. One photograph in particular is a panorama from Afton Down which gives an idea of the audience of 600,000 who gathered to watch Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Taste, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell to name a few.

To compliment this there is a display of posters and images of the new IOW Festivals, revived by the leading music agency Solo in 2002, which have featured such artists as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, REM and Paul McCartney.

Also showing: Chris Cudlip bronze head of Hendrix. Chris has a background in special effects working as a freelance figurative sculptor and prop maker in London working for companies as varied as English national Opera, Madame Tussauds and Pinewood Studios He is now pursuing a solo career from the Arches Studios complex based in Southampton where he available for public or private commissions of any size.

Outside Dimbola there is a small memorial garden with a statue of Jimi Hendrix designed by sculptor John Swindells. Have your picture taken next to Jimi and his guitar or breathe in the wonderful lavender ‘Purple Haze’ that grows in his garden (spring/summer) and enjoy the views down to Freshwater Bay.

The team from Dimbola confirmed that there are discounts  for group bookings at Dimbola Lodge. If you contact Elissa Blizzard at Dimbola she can give you further information. Her email is: elissa.blizzard(at)dimbola.co.uk

Visit Dimbola’s website




Isle of Wight Scouts welcomes everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender or ability.

We actively supported IW PRIDE in 2017 and in 2018.

visit the IWPRIDE website


St Catherine’s Sweet Shop

Together a voice, a future…
Thank you for visiting our website. At St Catherine’s we offer specialist care, education and therapy to young people, with speech, language and communication needs. Our highly qualified and experienced staff create a positive environment in which young people can reach their potential.
We are currently graded at Good for education (Ofsted September 2018) whilst our care services are graded Outstanding (Ofsted March 2018). These judgements clearly demonstrate the quality of our provision but of course the best measure is the young people themselves. Visit St Catherine’s and you will see for yourself that our young people are happy, hard-working and motivated to do their best despite the potential difficulties they face.
To find out more, please do arrange a visit. The staff and the young people themselves will be delighted to show you our school.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to St Catherine’s in the future.

St Catherine’s runs a sweet shop at many Island events to help raise funds.

We now have a satellite Scout Group at St Catherine’s.


Now with their on satellite Cub pack, St Catherines is



Mountbatten Hospice

Mountbatten has been the Isle of Wight’s only hospice for 35 years and is known for innovation across the UK and beyond. We provide expert medical, nursing and domiciliary end of life care and bereavement support to people in their own homes, including care homes, in our Newport building and in the local hospital.

The Mountbatten hospice has a successful fundraising team. The biggest fundraising event on the Island is the Walk the Wight event. Every year thousands of people walk across the Island, including a large number of Scouts, mostly organised by sections.

The next walk will be on Sunday 12th May 2019. Let’s make a statement, by registering together, as the largest team entry. Find out more just before registration opens in January.

visit the Mountbatten website



Beaulieu Respite


Can you imagine being a parent carer 24 hours a day not being able to sleep properly every day of the year. Just as importantly because you have to give 100% of your attention to your disabled child you know you are giving your other children less attention than they deserve. Holidays or days out are not an option. Even shopping can be near impossible.

This is where Beaulieu House comes in, whether its for an afternoon tea break, an overnight or weekend stay. This gives the child the chance to make friends in a safe happy facility but importantly this gives mum, dad, brothers and sisters the chance to have some “normal time” just to do the simple things that we all take for granted and to re charge their batteries.

Beaulieu House now has a permanent residential department. In essence, a home for children with complex disabilities who for one reason or other cannot be at home with their families. Beaulieu Respite are proud to be able to help these children alongside those who come for respite.

visit the Beaulieu House website



Prostate Cancer UK

The Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer support group offer support in a number of areas. They also have a great fundraising team who frequently feature in local press. Several Scout groups have  raised funds to help support the group.

visit the IW Prostate Cancer support group website






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