Isle of Wight Youth Trust

Listening to the under 25s

The Youth Trust is a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering counselling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight and, in some cases, their parents or carers.

The services provided are delivered by an experienced and qualified team who follow the National Guidelines for Counselling, offering a fast, flexible and confidential service to young people who are experiencing difficulties. The Youth Trust has been working on the Isle of  Wight for over 25 years and has made a positive input to the wellbeing of people locally. 

If you feel you could do with our help, or know someone who could, please contact us and we'll be pleased to help.

6:30 pm18:30

Bite the Wight Dinner

On Thursday 20, October, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust will be hosting a Bite the Wight Dinner at Ryde School with a special guest appearance by Ryde school alumnus and renowned writer Philip Norman.

We are very excited to have Philip joining us for this special occasion and hope you will join us too.

Philip was born in London but, grew up on the Isle of Wight, and has captured his childhood in Ryde with heart breaking detail in both, ‘The Skaters’ Waltz’, which saw him recognised in the first Top 20 Best of Young British Novelists, and in ‘Babycham Night’, his memoir of growing up on Ryde Pier.

These novels are a part his extensive body of work which also includes his journalistic work, musical biographies, film scripts, television and radio plays and the books for two stage musicals.

After earning a reputation as a renowned interviewer for The Sunday Times’ iconic colour magazine with subjects ranging from Elizabeth Taylor and Little Richard to P.G. Wodehouse and Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Philip Norman published Shout!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles which has remained continuously in print ever since and is still regarded as the definitive history of the band.

In addition to being treated to an after dinner talk with questions and answers by Philip, you will enjoy a delicious three course meal with a glass of wine. The venue for the evening is the award winning Ryde School dining room and a £45 donation will be requested of all guests.

Would be lovely if you and anyone else you know were able to join us.


Places are filling fast, email to make a booking today.

10:00 am10:00

Isle of Wight Day Get Moving for Mental Wellbeing

Celebrate Isle of Wight Day and get moving for mental wellbeing with the Youth Trust.

On Saturday, 24 September, The Isle of Wight Youth Trust will be joining in with others across the Isle of Wight to celebrate the things that make our Island hope great. 

For 32 years, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust has proudly opened its doors to young Islanders in need of support. Last year over 800 children and young people accessed the Youth Trust’s one to one counselling service. 

 On Isle of Wight day we want to celebrate our hard work and the support we receive from the local community but, also make sure we’re promoting a healthy message to help local children and young people – that’s why we’re encouraging our fellow Islanders to join us and get moving for mental wellbeing.

We've got a range of activities organised for the day from yoga to cross fit and everything in between. Participants will be asked to donate £2 each to participate with all proceeds going to the Youth Trust. We'll be posting a full schedule soon.

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. We think of the mind and body as being separate but, what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing.

There are steps children, young people and their families can take in their own lives to improve their mental wellbeing including regular exercise is one such thing. But, sometimes we need extra help. The Isle of Wight Youth Trust provides extra support through professional, therapeutic counselling for children and young people all year round.

The Isle of Wight is a great place to live and we have a great supportive community.

Show your support and ‘Get Moving for Mental Wellbeing’ to improve your own emotional wellbeing whilst also supporting children and young people who need professional support by donating to the Youth Trust. 

9:45 am09:45

Isle of Wight Youth Trust Fun Run

Race Date: 21st August 2016

Click for Entry Form – Download

Venue and registration:

Ryde Rowing Club, eastern end of Ryde Esplanade beyond the eastern end of Ryde Boating Lake. Registration and on the day entry will be located on the grass above the Rowing Club (please look out for direction signs).

Grid Reference SZ 604925, Post Code PO33 1ND

The Rowing Club is 20 minutes walk along Ryde esplanade from the pier where the foot passenger ferries from Portsmouth land. The Portsmouth to Ryde Wightlink Catamaran, hourly service departs Portsmouth 15 minutes past the hour. Please confirm sailing times before travel by phoning Wightlink on 0871 376 1000 or visiting Wightlink
Concessionary rate travel on Ferries may be offered by Wightlink details will be provided on entry.

Changing and Shower facilities are available at the venue as is Secure Bag Storage.

Note: numbers are not sent out in advance.
Please collect race numbers from registration.


The course has been modified for 2016 to use the 1Km loop in Appley Park. See the Map below.
There will be a 2Km event for under 14 years and 5Km event for over 14 years and adults.
BUT if you are a first time runner do as many laps as you are able and raise some money for the Youth Trust.
Run with the kids, buggies allowed for the really small ones!

More details on the Ryde Harriers Website

Quiz Night at 8 Bells
8:00 pm20:00

Quiz Night at 8 Bells

Grab your mates and join us for a good old fashioned pub quiz.

As with all our fundraising events, by taking part, you will be supporting our counselling services, providing children and young people on the Isle of Wight with access to professional, free and confidential counselling.

Where: The Eight Bells Inn, 31 Carisbrooke High St, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1NR
When: 8pm, Thursday, 16 June 2016
£2.50 per person
Teams of four
Call Ian Harper to book 825 501

Make sure to invite your friends too

See you there!

May 1

Isle of Wight Challenge

Great challenges need great settings - and there's none better than the Island's stunning coastal path!

Image courtesy of Action Challenge

Image courtesy of Action Challenge

This May Bank Holiday weekend, Team O'Tea are going to run the 2016 Isle of Wight Challenge!

Five amazing people will be putting their bodies through a combined total of 156km! That's 97  - or 775 furlongs - 170,604 yards - 511,811 feet - 3,183 V100 turbine blades... OK you get the idea!

The team members will be running varying distances from 26km through to 52km and are hoping to raise a total of £1,000 to support the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.

 In the past year alone, the Youth Trust has helped over 800 children and young people through their free, confidential and professional counselling service – that’s more than one child for every two classrooms! They have also piloted a family counselling service as well as offering specialised substance misuse counselling. We believe that supporting our young people is crucial to the health of our community and hope we can count on your support too.

So if you can spare anything at all for this worthy close please CLICK HERE! No amount is too small! If you can't spare anything then please help us to spread the word!

The Ultra Challenge starts on 30 Apr and takes in the island from Chale in the south, past the Needles, on and around for 106km - with spectacular coastlines, dramatic white cliffs, & sandy beaches. It’s a tough challenge which should make your fundraising target more than achievable!

Walk it, jog it or run it – it’s your challenge your way

Show you support and donate here

6:30 pm18:30

Rob da Bank invites local businesses to show their support for the Isle of Wight Youth Trust

On Thursday, 14 April, Isle of Wight Youth Trust Patron, Rob da Bank is inviting local businesses to join him at an evening reception at The Royal Hotel Ventnor in support of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. 

The evening will give businesses an insight into how they can help children and young people on the Isle of Wight, highlighting the Youth Trust’s Gold, Silver and Bronze business packages.

Isle of Wight Youth Trust Fundraiser, Felicity Radak explained, “We have three tiers of corporate sponsorship which almost any business can afford.”

“All we ask is a three year commitment of as little as £1000 per year from our Bronze supporters, £5,000 from our Silvers and over £10,000 per year from our Gold Supporters or in-kind support of equivalent value.”

“In return, these packages award businesses that support the Youth Trust at varying levels.  Rewards include VIP Bestival tickets and advertorial space in the Isle of Wight County Press plus many more.” 

The Youth Trust’s Director, Eileen Monks, OBE said that corporate sponsorship was a structured way for the Youth Trust to promote its supporters.

 “For the past 30 years, we have been privileged with the support of the business community. There are some great benefits to being a corporate sponsor, including promotional and press opportunities. It is a chance for us to offer something back and show our appreciation of people’s generosity.” She said.

The evening is generously being hosted by one of the Youth Trust’s Gold partner the Royal Hotel who famously host a Gala Dinner in aid of the Youth Trust each year.

William Bailey, Managing Director at The Royal, says: “Our main focus is to invest in young people. It is imperative that they are provided with support services to overcome the challenges that they face and make an indelible impact in their lives, their families, and the community.”

The Royal Hotel  is part of a growing list of supporters including fellow Gold partners Wightlink and Bestival, as well as  Silver Partners, Isle of Wight County Press, Isle of Wight Radio and VIP Cottages, and Bronze Partners Readers Interiors and the Godshill Model Village. 

If you are a local business that is interested in working with the Isle of Wight Youth Trust then please contact Felicity Radak (01983) 529569 for more information.  

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About the Youth Trust

The Youth Trust is a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering counselling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight and, in some cases, their parents or carers.

Copyright: Isle of Wight Youth Trust | Charity Number: 1087163 | Company Number: 4149063

All photography generously donated by Emma Powell Bestival - Thank you!