Isle Access

Support Isle Access

We are always looking for new people to help us!

You can help in several different ways:

  • volunteering with us and helping in practical things at events or in the office
  • raising funds for us through a variety of methods
  • helping with fund-raising events
  • donating and sponsoring us to support our funds directly
  • with advice and ideas in our steering group.

We will do everything to ensure that all our volunteers have the best possible experience while volunteering with us, and feel safe, supported and confident in their role.

Would you enjoy:

  • Joining a Fundraising Team 
  • Assisting at accessible cycling days
  • Driving a mobiloo trailer
  • Helping as a Mobiloo attendant
  • Giving practical help at one of our events
  • Baking cakes to raffle
  • Taking part in a collection day
  • Supporting office administration
  • Providing website administration
  • Mystery shopping
  • Auditing the accessibility of shops etc
  • Shopping online (easyfundraising.co.uk, smile.amazon.uk)
  • Selling via eBay and donating the proceeds
  • Collecting stamps
  • Having a collection jar for our campaign – “GIVE A PENNY, OR MORE, SO ANOTHER CAN SPEND ONE WITH DIGNITY”as

You could get a lot out of it too:

  • These activities are often fun
  • They could help you meet new people
  • They can give you experience for your CV
  • They might teach you new skills
  • …and more!

Raising Funds for Isle Access

As a charity, Isle Access have no actual support from the Government. We have to raise what support we can to provide the services and influence we want to, and we make efforts in several ways:

  1. Seeking Volunteers – supporters who freely offer their time and skills to help us
  2. Seeking Donations – smaller amounts of money from individuals and businesses
  3. Seeking Sponsors – people willing to give larger amounts of money or other support
  4. Seeking Grants – from organisations who provide grants for activities like ours
  5. Seeking Legacies – written into people’s Wills to provide funding after death
  6. Providing Consultancy – paid-for advice on accessibility to help local businesses

We run and attend various events to seek support.

  1. Fund-Raising Events – organised by others or by our supporters 
  2. Open Days – organised by us to attract people with disabilities and supporters
  3. Volunteering Fair – organised by Community Action to attract volunteers and Trustees
  4. Networking events – to meet professionals, charity workers and service users
Jan Brookes abseiling down Spinnaker Tower

Fundraising Events are a fun way for people to help raise valuable funds for Isle Access. 

Any other suggestions are welcome!

We are always looking for new ways of fundraising and new and more challenging events. We love to hear any ideas you may have, or if you want to compete in a more challenging event as a group let us know, and we will do everything we can to help and support you.

A fundraising event in itself can be anything from a sponsored walk, a cake bake held by a group of friends, running a marathon or an adventurous challenge.

Whether you want to achieve a life-long goal or just wish to help your local community, taking part in an Isle Access Fundraising Event really will make a difference to the work that we can do championing access for all on the Isle of Wight.

We have an enthusiastic and dedicated fundraising team ready to support you with your ideas, we are here to help. If you are planning to hold your own event in aid of Isle Access and you would like us to add it to our events list and social media pages, please email the details of the event, including the time, date, a description of the event and any posters you may have to info@IsleAccess.co.uk  Please don’t hesitate to get in touchA fundraising event in itself can be anything from a sponsored walk, a cake bake held by a group of friends, running a marathon or an adventurous challenge.

Whether you want to achieve a life-long goal or just wish to help your local community, taking part in an Isle Access Fundraising Event really will make a difference to the work that we can do championing access for all on the Isle of Wight.

We have an enthusiastic and dedicated fundraising team ready to support you with your ideas, we are here to help. If you are planning to hold your own event in aid of Isle Access and you would like us to add it to our events list and social media pages, please email the details of the event, including the time, date, a description of the event and any posters you may have to  info@IsleAccess.co.uk  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Donations and Sponsorships

Individuals and businesses can help this charity to provide services, to maintain an office, pay volunteers’ reasonable expenses and contribute towards various running costs.

We make the most effort to win grants where we can, but there are often gaps between such grants, limitations on what they can be spent on and even time limits placed on when the awards can be spent. Therefore we also seek various forms of financial support from local individuals and organisations including businesses.

We think of donations as smaller amounts (like £10 to £50) given by many individuals.

  • We are very grateful for all these little messages of support from the public.

  • It is very helpful if you could write a little note about why you think Isle Access deserves support to help us prove to grant-giving organisations that our work is appreciated in the community.

  • We can claim GiftAid to get the tax back on those amounts if the person making the donation is willing to provide a few details. Amounts up to £30 turn out to be the simplest as we do not need to do any paperwork to claim this.

We would be very happy to discuss any donation ideas – please do get in touch here.

We think of sponsorships as larger amounts given by local businesses: we were delighted recently with a £1000 support package and naturally we will do everything we can to show our thanks.

  • Sponsorships may be fairly specific – for example, to help our Cycling Club with equipment, repairs and maintenance, transport, storage and miscellaneous expenses.

  • But equally, the charity also needs flexible funds to apply to opportunities and difficulties at the time, as they arise.

  • We can claim GiftAid to get the tax back on those amounts if the sponsor is willing to provide a few personal details for tax calculations.

Please do contact us here to explore ways we can perhaps help each other through sponsorship.

 

The steering group for Isle Access meet every 3 months. The group discusses the current projects to ‘champion access for all’ and guide all aspects of the charities work. Individuals with access needs, their carers, friends and families are the best placed to know what is required in the local community.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email info@IsleAccess.co.uk

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