Main points of interest

  • The next Ladies' Friendship Group meeting will be on the 29th December 2017 at the WOW Centre, 4-5 James Street, Newport PO30 5HE.
  • The Ladies' Friendship Group has chosen Indonesia as their theme for the 2018 Mardi Gras Parade in partnership with the Mens' Friendship Group.
  • A proposed celebration dubbed as ‘Oriental Night’ will be held from 6pm to 10pm on the 27th of January 2018 at a venue to be announced. While not a fund raising event there will be an entrance charge for attendees of £10 for adults and £5 for children.
  • Two new members have joined the Mens' Friendship Group which will hold their next meeting on the 15th January 2018.
  • Equals IW is seeking volunteers to act as Press Secretary and Fund Raiser.

Update

  • The next committee meeting will be held on the Saturday, 30th of December 2017 from 14:00 to 15:30 at a Newport Police Station.

The Ladies' Friendship Group next meeting will be at WoW, Newport on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 from 10 am to 12 pm. This is partly due to difficulties getting to the Cowes Scout Hut following the suspension of the Cowes chain ferry.

Next year IW Mardi Gras will be on Saturday 30th June 2018 and the theme is 

Global Biospheres ‘connecting people with nature and cultural heritage’

The Official Launch Event for IW Mardi Gras 2018 will take place at Ryde Academy in their new studio/theatre on

Thursday 16th November at 5.30pm.

Due to extensive construction works still taking place at Ryde Academy the former main car park at front of school is not in use.

Please use the temporary car park at the far end of site where access is via Pell Lane, past main entrance to the junction with Mountbatten Drive. The Car Park will be on your left and the way to the Studio Theatre will be signed from there.

As the site is restricted please allow extra time for parking up and car share where possible.

We shall be serving teas and coffees from 5.15pm.

Main points of interest

  • Citizens' Advice and Victims' Support held discussions with Equals IW regarding future co-operation.
  • An English language course is being considered starting next year.
  • Equals IW is planning a fund raising event to be held on International Day 20th May 2018.
  • The next committee meeting will be held on the Saturday, 25th of November 2017 at 10:30am, Riverside Centre.
Cultural Kitchen

Equals IW supported the Cultural Kitchen event as part of the Black History Month activities held at St Mary's Hospital in Newport Isle of Wight. 

In addition to the weekly Wednesday meetings at the Scout Hut in Smithards Lane, Cowes PO31 7PG from 10am to 12pm, the Equals IW Ladies' Friendship Group now meets in Newport on a monthly basis at the WoW Centre, 4-5 St James Street, Newport PO30 5HE

  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 from 6-8 pm
  • Tuesday, 7th November 2017 from 6-8 pm
  • Tuesday, 5th December 2017 from 6-8 pm

All women are welcome.

"Black History Month" at St Mary's Hospital is from 16th - 20th October 2017.

Main points of interest

  • Equals IW met with the new Equality Lead for St. Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust last 25th of Aug 2017 discussing partnership opportunties.
  • Attendance at the Men's Friendship Group Meeting has not been as good as hoped. Marketing ideas were discussed and publicity is being further improved for future meetings.
  • The Women's Friendship Group resumed after the summer break on Wednesday 6th September. The meeting scheduled for Wedensday 13th September has been cancelled as it clashes with the Food Hygiene course being held on the same day. The group has found that the cancellation of the Cowes chain ferry across the Medina River is proving a problem for East Cowes residents getting to the meetings.
  • Facebook Pages. There is to be one Facebook page covering Equals IW as a whole and linked by a Facebook icon on the website pages. A separate link to the Men's Friendship Group Facebook pages will be placed on pages dealing with that group.
  • Committee meeting are now being held at the Fairlee Room, Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR from 10.30 to 12pm on the last Saturday of each month unless there are exceptional cases. There is sufficient parking, tea, and coffee with biscuits plus toilet facilities are also provided.

Come and Join our New Equals Men’s Friendship Group. Our next informal meet and greet sessions are on

Free parking front and rear of centre.

Come and suggest ways to build the new men’s group and meet others from within your local community whilst sharing in a range of fun activities including a quiz. We are particularly keen to have members coming from an ethnic background. You can purchase refreshments from the café throughout the evening.

To find out more or confirm you are attending contact

The Equals Men’s Friendship Group Coordinator Mark Cox

  • Mobile: 07854 852518 
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/equalsmensgroup
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Here is our pdf flyer for the current event.

Come and Join our New Equals Men’s Friendship Group. Our next informal meet and greet sessions are on

  • Monday 2nd October and Monday 6th November 2017
  • Time 19:00 to 21:00
  • At the Isobel Community Centre Café, Furrlongs, Newport PO30 2AX.

Free parking front and rear of centre.

Come and suggest ways to build the new men’s group and meet others from within your local community whilst sharing in a range of fun activities including a quiz. We are particularly keen to have members coming from an ethnic background. You can purchase refreshments from the café throughout the evening.

To find out more or confirm you are attending contact

The Equals Men’s Friendship Group Coordinator Mark Cox

  • Mobile: 07854 852518 
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/equalsmensgroup
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is our pdf flyer for the current event.

Main points of interest

  • The Asian festival. This was absolutely fabulous with more than five hundred people who came. There is the possibility of having the next one in a better venue such as Ventnor, Northwood or the Riverside Centre. A tentative expected date for next year’s event is 30 June 2018.
  • The Women's Friendship Group will resume after the summer break on Wednesday 6th September.
  • The Men's Friendship Group. Marketing of the group is being improved.
  • Facebook Pages. The Facebook pages are to be re-organised.

Our meeting venue has been changed:

The Saturday, 30th September 2017 meeting at 10:00-11:30 am will now be held at the Fairlee Room, Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR.

We plan to hold all our regular meetings will be held at the new venue. It has been booked on the last Saturday of each month unless there are exceptional cases. There is sufficient parking, tea, and coffee with biscuits plus toilet facilities are also provided.