A further six Island projects have been chosen to receive more than £40,000 in funding from the Isle of Wight Foundation.

It brings the total allocated to good causes this year to around £90,000.

The charity – which is jointly funded by Ringway Island Roads, Meridiam, VINCI Concessions and Island Roads Services, the companies which make up the partnership behind Island Roads – is keen to support projects on the Island that help to tackle social isolation and assist people into education, training and employment.

Chair of the Isle of Wight Foundation, Philip Horton, said:

“To date we have donated more than £400,000 to good causes on the Isle of Wight – and this year we have allocated the highest amount to date, giving just over £90,000 to 12 very worthwhile projects on the Island. We are very proud to be able to support so many projects which are making a real difference on the Isle of Wight.”

The Way Forward, a learning disability centre based in Newport is one of the organisations to benefit from the Foundation’s support.

It is set to be given £5,500 to put towards improvements.

Chief Executive Officer, Tracey Hill, said:

“Way Forward is very excited to be receiving new accessible front doors from the Isle of Wight Foundation, the new doors will allow our wheelchair customers to enter our Learning Disability Day Centre easily and independently, with push-button entry and automatic closure.

“The doors will be the latest addition to our fabulous day centre in Newport and we are very grateful for the continued support we have received from the Foundation. The Isle of Wight Foundation is making a big difference to people living on the Isle of Wight every day, thank you.”

Meanwhile, Isle Access is to receive £16,000 to purchase accessible cycling equipment for those with disabilities who are unable to use unadapted bicycles.

£5,000 is to also be donated to Waterside Community Trust to purchase a new poolside hoist to enable disabled swimmers full access to the pool.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wild Life Trust will get £8,000 to fund training for four Woodland apprentices for a year.

Whereas, the Phoenix Project will see £4,915.75 come its way to replace existing sensory room equipment which is no longer working properly.

And, the Common Space is to receive funding of nearly £4,200 to enable the project to purchase a ‘MicroEye’ – a specialist piece microscope which will be used at free nature and science events to view all sorts of weird and wonderful wildlife.

These groups are in addition to the six projects announced before Christmas, which were: First Act 2011, Wight Community Access, RAF 1024 Squadron Air Training Corps, Brading Community Partnership, Care in the Garden and The Common Space.