Portland 4 The Planet – Youth Project

The Portland 4 The Planet – Youth Project is a new collaboration between ICA, Portland 4 The Planet, Atlantic Academy (including it’s PTA) and Portland Town Council.

The project focuses on the current Climate and Ecological Emergency and aims to empower young people to find out more about the problems and the solutions, and get inspired to lead the way on local projects that will have a positive impact on a global level. 

The project will be working with 30 young people from across Portland between January and July 2020. Participants will attend a regular enrichment class after school + ad-hoc other activities and workshops (occasionally on weekends).

If you would like to take part (or if you know a child aged 10-14 who might be interested), you can apply using the form below. The closing date for applications is Friday 20th December.

You can fill in the form electronically, save and email or print, complete and post / drop into the ICA office.

The project is part-funded by #iwill via the Dorset Community Foundation.

Senior's Christmas Lunch

Portland and Wyke Regis older residents celebrate Christmas 2019

A fab day celebrating the festive season with over 80 older residents from Portland and Wyke Regis.

Those attending were treated to a three course lunch, complete with entertainment and gifts.

Massive thanks to Portland’s Court Leet, who generously provided funding for the event; Portland’s Rotary Club, whose members kindly volunteered to drive a number of our clients to and from the event; the Lobster Pot team, who once again provided a fantastic meal, service and venue; Pete Howell for the entertainment and last but not least, ICA’s fantastic team of volunteers.

Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest

Hall & Woodhouse – Community Chest winners, 2019

ICA are thrilled to announce that we have received a £2,500 grant towards our dementia friendly Forget-Me-Not Songsters group from the Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest fund.

Anna Eveleigh, the group’s tutor, writes…

Massive thanks to Hall & Woodhouse. The Forget-Me-Not members are very enthusiastic about our sessions and are delighted we’ll be able to continue thanks to their generosity.

Since Vicky McClure’s programme about the Dementia Choir, people are much more aware of the benefits of singing for people with memory problems. Many of our members don’t have memory problems but benefit from the group anyway.

Our members tell us that the sessions are an important social occasion – just chatting over tea and coffee is an important part of the morning. Because it’s a very mixed group, it’s good to see people with and without dementia sitting around the table and talking together.

Some of our members wouldn’t usually sing in public, but love the singing anyway, “Everyone’s encouraged because it’s all about singing together. So, if you can’t hold a tune but like to sing, this is the group for you!” said one member.

“You always feel good afterwards,” added another. “Sometimes I can’t get those tunes out of my head!”

Our activities are based on singing and rhythm, which is great for stimulating the brain, and can even help to get the body moving. We sing all sorts of songs, and even learn new ones! No worries if you don’t know the words or don’t like solos. The group is all about singing together, in good company, with lots of laughter. It’s also amazing to hear the memories and stories that the songs bring to mind.

NB: The group runs every other Wednesday. Sessions for November 2019 are on the 6th and 20th, 10.00-11.30am, at the C2000 Hall, Easton. The first is session free. After this it’s £4 per session, including refreshments.

Read the full Dorset Echo’s article here: http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18004287.hall-woodhouse-2019-community-chest-winners