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About Our Organisation

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Community Action IW believes in the strength and ability of island communities, in charitable endeavour, in voluntary action, in not for profit motives.

We exist to support the 1,500 or more voluntary and community organisations that work so hard for the benefit of the Island and its residents.  We aim to support the maintenance and development of community amenities and services, to help the Island have thriving communities where people get involved, help each other, and have access to the services they need.

Community Action IW employs a small staff team, most of whom work part time and as many as 80 volunteers at any one time.  Working with our large team of volunteers enables us to help communities help themselves, enhances our provision and offers value for money.

We aspire to use a combination of voluntary endeavour and commercial activity to create a sustainable, charitable service that brings long term benefit to local residents.

Through our trading arms Island Community Ventures and Riverside Ventures,  we offer further services to support communities, create local employment and generate income for our charitable work. 

Island Community Ventures Ltd

Register Company Number 07474562

We believe that every penny spent on the Island, needs to be made to work harder to benefit Island residents.  Though Island Community Ventures Ltd this will be done by using any profits generated through the running of local shops, post offices and other initiatives to fund the work that Community Action IW undertakes to support voluntary and community efforts on the Island. Not only will residents be benefiting from and enjoying a local service or amenity but they will also be contributing to overall efforts to help charitable work on the Island.

Island Community Ventures operates:

  • Godshill Hill Village shop and Post Office
  • Post Office outreach services at Brading, Wootton and Totland
  • Scarrots Lane Bakery
  • Bulk buying oil heating scheme








Riverside Ventures LtdRiverside_Ventures_logo_web

Registered Company Number 03513635

Through Riverside Ventures Ltd. a licenced bar, catering facilities and room hire are offered at the Riverside.  All profits go to Community Action IW to fund their charitable work.    


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