Community links

Open Arms.

We are a local volunteer run drop in centre based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight set up to help those most in need.
We opened on the 17th of April 2011 and are open every Sunday evening at St Mary’s Catholic Church, High Street, Ryde from 5-7pm.
The Open Arms provides a wholesome meal and a hot drink and also offers a signposting service for support and advice.
We rely upon the support of volunteers in the centre itself and the generosity of local businesses via donations of food and services to facilitate this community project.
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Oakfield C. E. (Aided)Primary School.

We are based at the old Bishop Lovett site of St John’s House, Ryde which was built in 1769 and has fine sea views. The Head teacher is Vickie Reader and the new federation head is Colin Hayley.  The federation is with Arreton C. E. Primary school.

Our Vision Statement is: ‘Everyone will be given the opportunity to shine’ shows our commitment to every child.

for more information visit

Youth for Christ.

We are an Island wide youthwork ministry who’s goal is to communicate the amazing message of Jesus Christ as Saviour to every Young Person on the Isle of Wight. We work with Schools through Assemblies, lessons and lunchtime clubs and with Churches through Messy Church,  Catalyst, Rock Solid, Emerge Evenings, Cluster groups and trips to Soul Survivor 

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Rock Solid is a weekly activity based youth club aimed at 9-13 year olds (school years 5-8). A typical evening contains games, activities and discussion about God and other topics relevant to young people. The Ryde Clubs runs on a Thursday at the Grace Church, Marlborough Road and costs 50p per night. For more info and dates see the link on the YFC website.

Cluster groups are after school groups and they are all about hanging out together, eating doughnuts, drinking tea, playing random games and chatting about what it means to follow Jesus. For more information see the link on the YFC website

Fellowship House

is a hostel for homeless men aged 18-65 with a local (Ryde) connection.

For more information visit

ASPIRE – at Holy Trinity Church Building

Aspire is a community project in the heart of Ryde with lots going on! It is in the Holy Trinity Church Building, which has been renovated by local volunteers.  There is  (or are plans for) Office space to rent; meeting rooms for use by community groups; pop-up restaurants; band practice space; Community Café; children’s play area, The Filling Station and so much more

For more information visit

 or @aspireryde on Twitter