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Community Resilience Project

Future Proofing Community Resilience on the Isle of Wight

Our new 18-month project – Future Proofing Community Resilience on the Isle of Wight commenced on 1 May 2021 thanks to grant funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF). 

This new project builds on the experience of the 6-month project, also funded from the CCSF, which we implemented from 21 September 2020 to 20 March 2021. You can find more information about this project in the Project End Report [download –Project End Report-24-03-21]

Learning from the previous project

  • Three areas (Bay area, Newport Central and Cowes) require more targeted support in terms of community resilience and engagement in volunteering.
  • Ageing volunteering base across the Island.
  • Significant negative impact of the pandemic on children, young people and family relationships.
  • For a year now, organisations and communities have been focussing on immediate needs with no time and capacity for looking/planning ahead.

How our new project idea was developed

Bearing in mind the experience of the pandemic response on the Isle of Wight, the learning from the 6-month project, research about the psychological impact of the pandemic and lockdown, and factors that help to strengthen mental resilience, we decided to work with our partners and local communities to future proof community resilience on the Isle of Wight by adopting a trauma-informed approach to community building and by focussing on post-crisis recovery.

Our project activities will help reduce the negative effects of psychological trauma brought about by COVID-19 at the individual, interpersonal, community, and systems levels.

Our project concept can be illustrated by the image below:

What we aim to achieve

Our project aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • A reduction in the negative impact of psychological trauma brought about by COVID-19 at the individual, interpersonal, community, and systems levels;
  • An increase in volunteering, particularly amongst people under the age of 50 and young people;
  • An enhanced community cohesion in three priority areas (Bay area, Newport Central and Cowes);
  • An enhanced capacity and resilience skills within the voluntary sector and within communities as a whole;
  • An enhanced overall community resilience on the Isle of Wight.

What we plan to do

At the heart of this project is our belief that one of the best ways to help individuals and families to recover from this crisis and flourish in the future is by being engaged in their communities in a positive and participatory way.

To deliver our project outcomes we will:

–   Use the hook of participation in community and voluntary activity as a way of building skills, confidence, personal networks and wellbeing. We will aim to recruit and retain more volunteers under the age of 50 and young people.

–   Work to improve the skills of volunteers who are then, in turn, better placed to support people in their community.

–   Build both individual and community capacity and resilience by recruiting and upskilling volunteers through a variety of learning activities which will include:

–    Advice First Aider Volunteer training,

–    Active Listening Skills training,

–    Mental Health Aware training (Adults and Young People),

–    Continue & Begin Fast Coaching® training and other learning activities.

–   Work with community hubs and other voluntary sector organisations to identify further training needs and find ways to secure funding to commission any additional training.

–   Work to highlight the importance of community participation in commissioning plans for mental health support services for children, young people and families.

–   Work with local businesses to facilitate their support for local community projects and initiatives.

–   Focus extra support on three priority areas: Bay area, Newport Central and Cowes.

–   Continue working with parish, town and community councils, community hubs and non-profit organisations to facilitate community resilience planning for the post-crisis “New/Next Normal”.

  • Promote the project and project activities to further raise awareness of the benefits of community participation, as well as to highlight good practice and success stories.

Our key delivery partners in this project are Aspire Ryde and West Wight Sports and Community Centre.

We will aim to build on existing community plans and resources to help local groups and partnerships achieve their aims and to help individuals and families to better connect to them. Where there are fewer plans and resources, we will help to build both for the benefit of the Island’s communities.

Project areas 

    • Cowes area: Cowes, Gurnard, Northwood, Whippingham, East Cowes.
    • Ryde area: Ryde, Nettlestone & Seaview, St. Helens, Bembridge, Havenstreet & Ashey, Wootton Bridge, Fishbourne.
    • Bay area: Brading, Sandown, Lake, Shanklin,  Newchurch, Arreton
    • Newport area: Newport, Shorwell, Gatcombe, Rookley, Goodshill, Arreton
    • West Wight area: Brighstone, Freshwater, Totland, Yarmouth, Shalfleet, Calbourne, Porchfield.South area: Chale, Niton & Whitwell, Ventnor, Wroxall


      Project team

      Our project team includes:

      All roles in our team are part time – 3 days/22.5 hrs per week in priority areas and 2 days/15 hrs per week in other areas.

      Please get in touch with the Local Resilience Coordinator in your area or our Project Manager if you would like to get involved with this project.

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