Competition: Can you help transform this charity shop in Newport?

Ability Dogs 4 Young People are asking the Island community to help come up with two works of art to adorn their Newport store, inside and out. 

The competition is open to Islanders of all ages and all you have to do to enter is send in your ideas, in whatever format you feel like, to the charity by email or post.

Entries must incorporate the Ability Dogs 4 Young People branding and including the Island Paw design is a plus.

The wooden door outside the Pyle Street charity shop is in need of a mural, as is the right-hand wall inside the store (pictured).

The right-hand wall inside the charity shop in Newport, could you design something for this space?

Participants can enter designs for both the spaces in order to maximise their chances of winning.

The inside wall is approximately 6m x 6m and the outside area is approximately 6m x 2m.

Would you like your artwork on public display? Could you design something for the wooden door (bottom left)?

IW Observer readers will be asked to vote for their favourite designs and a shortlist will be made up of your choices.

The closing date for entries is November 9, when voting will begin for the shortlist before it closes on November 21.

The Shortlist will be announced on November 23, then Ability Dogs 4 Young People will choose the two winners on November 30.

AD4YP Logo and paw

All production costs for the artwork will be covered by the charity and you’ll also be invited to attend a puppy training class on a date to be decided.

Carol Court, founder of Ability Dogs 4 Young People said: “Our Newport charity shop offers us such a wonderful space from which to sell the fantastic items that are kindly donated to us. Unfortunately, as anyone who has been there will know, it lacks ‘kerb appeal’.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for budding artists to have a huge blank canvas to design, which, in turn will provide the shop with a distinctive, fresh and appealing look.”

The competition is open from Friday (October 12) and you can send your submissions via email to or by post to: 3 Howard Close, Niton, IoW, PO38 2EB 

Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW is an Island charity which trains assistance dogs to improve the lives of physically and mentally disabled young people and children on the Isle of Wight. If you think you can help in the shops, by fundraising or are interested in becoming a Puppy Parent please get in touch.

Visit, email or phone 01983 216246.