Our charities

Our charities

When we say local good causes we really do mean local. Founder of the Ryde Slide event and former Mayor of Ryde, Wayne Whittle wanted it to directly benefit the town and its residents.

Aspire Ryde

Aspire Ryde - Ryde SlideAspire Ryde have a passion for community and making Ryde a place where people can thrive. ‘Community’ to Aspire means whole community – all ages and all abilities.
Aspire work with many partner organisations to bring people and services together to be able to transform lives and give people the best chance in life. They have transformed their unique space into a community hub and encourage that there is something for everyone on site.
Registered as a local charity, with local trustees its volunteer team bring a wealth of skills and abilities to serve each other.

Find out more by visiting the Aspire Ryde website.

Waterside Community Trust

Waterside Pool TrustThe Waterside Community Trust purpose is limited to the operation and improvement of the Pool, the adjacent facilities and the site it occupies as bounded by The Esplanade, North Walk and the Canoe Lake.

There are between 30 and 40 members of staff, ranging from lifeguards, swimming teachers, pool helpers and aquafit instructors.

Find out more by visiting The Waterside Trust.

Ryde Inshore Rescue

Ryde Inshore LifeboatRyde Inshore Rescue is an independent lifeboat station based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
The team are  on call to HM Coastguard 365 days a year and operate two inshore lifeboats from its headquarters at Appley, Ryde.  As a declared service they attend a variety of incidents from boats running aground on the infamous Ryde Sands to children getting swept out to sea on inflatables in offshore winds.
Its team is made up of volunteers from all walks of life who share the common interest in wanting to help others.
Training is to a high standard and the volunteers need to be able to give at least 1 day a week to ensure that they meet the requirements to become operational.

Despite popular belief, unlike the 60 other lifeboat stations within the United Kingdom they are not part of the RNLI and do not receive funding from them or the government.

Find out more about Ryde Inshore Lifeboat.

The Wight Brainy Bunch

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Raising Funds For Brain Tumour Research.

The Wight Brainy Bunch was set up by Mark Grimes and his wife Kathryn, from the Isle of Wight, following Marks diagnosis of a brain tumour in February 2015. Realising that very little funding is received for research into brain tumours; following his surgery in April 2015, they embarked on a series of fund raising events to benefit the Brain Tumour Charity and The Fire Fighters Charity, who supported Mark, as a serving fire fighter and his family through his recuperation.

Find out more about The Wight Brainy Bunch.

Ryde Arena Community Action GroupRyde Arena Community Action Group

On the 6th October 2016 the people of the Isle of Wight woke to find themselves locked out of Ryde Arena, our only ice rink. Children expecting to practice their figure skating and train for hockey instead found padlocked doors. Overnight and with no warning, AEW UK destroyed the dreams of thousands of Islanders whose lives have been changed by skating.  The Ryde Arena Community Action Group is campaigning to reclaim their rink and their dreams.

Find out more about the Ryde Arena Community Action Group