Cycling Without Age

ICA are thrilled to be supporting this fabulous new project for Portland – the photo below shows Tony Charlton with the project’s sparkling new trishaw (just arrived from Germany).

Ahead of the project’s launch on the Island in May, the Cycling Without Age team are looking for volunteers to help with the occasional shift riding the power assisted bike around the top of the island. It looks like a really fun and flexible role for anyone with an interest in cycling and helping those who wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to feel the exhilaration of pedal power with the wind in their hair.

Contact us for more information.

What’s On

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, here’s a quick summary of the ICA activities coming back online in the next month… 

PORTLAND LOTTERY DRAW – Next draw on 25th JUNE.  £1 a ticket, available from the ICA office and Cards ‘n’ Celebrations, Easton. This date has been extended due to lock down and not being able to sell the tickets, so keep hold of any tickets with the March 26th date on.

COMMUNITY CAR and MINIBUS (wheelchair friendly) – The community car is available for all your appointments and shopping trips. Advanced booking is essential. This service operates on donations with volunteer drivers.

SHOPPING SERVICE FOR PORTLAND’S OVER 55s – Regular Friday morning shopping service to Tesco, Easton.

OSTEOCISE EXERCISE CLASS – Every Monday from 17th May, 10am-11am at the Girt Hall, St Georges Centre, Reforne.

FIT+ EXERCISE CLASS – Every Wednesday from 19th May, 11.30am –12.30pm at the YMCA, Reforne.

CHESIL ART (CHAT) – Every Thursday from 20th May, 1.30pm–3.30pm.

BEFRIENDING – ICA offers a range of befriending services, from companionship to help with local errands, personal correspondence or perhaps just a friendly phone call or chat over a cup of tea. All our volunteers are police (DBS) and reference checked, interviewed and fully insured.

GARDENING – We are able to offer help with gardening, including mowing, weeding, planting and hedge trimming and landscaping. 

Contact ICA for more information, including cost details and COVID-19 requirements.

Easter Eggstravaganza

ICA’s  latest project ‘Knit A Chick’ saw every child attending nursery, pre-school or reception class on Portland presented with a knitted or crotchet toy and chocolate egg Easter surprise. 

The gifts were given by the community as a thank you for the children’s hard work during lockdown, which helped keep the Island’s most vulnerable residents safe. 

In total 358 gifts were delivered, plus five Easter Bonnet prizes for Key Stage 1 classes at Atlantic Academy.  

Find out more about the amazing residents who supported the project and the well deserving recipients on our Community Crafters page.

Community Crafters

Say a big hello to ICA’s new project Community Crafters, which builds on the success of Show Us Your Baubles.

Just like Baubles, Community Crafters aims to encourage and support local residents to use their crafting and creative skills for a range of good causes.The project is kicking-off with a knitting and crochet themed challenge for Easter, as Katy Pascoe, ICA Project Manager, explains, “Knitting and crotchet are not just great for physical and mental wellbeing, they’re also a fantastic way to bring people together around a shared passion and purpose. And, best of all, they’re the type of crafts that almost everyone can have a go at, whether they’re sat at home, part of a club, experienced or a beginner.

“This Easter we would like people to create themed toys that we can distribute to local children as a ‘thank you’ for their commitment in helping to keep our most vulnerable residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We don’t mind what you create, from cuddly chicks and bunnies to egg warmers that we can hide a chocolate treat in. It’s all about having fun and recognising the contribution that local children have made during a year where they’ve missed out on so much – school, clubs, birthday parties, friends etc. It’s a pretty long list.”

If you would like to get involved, patterns can be downloaded from the website – see below, collected from the ICA office or delivered to your home.

We’d also encourage you to join our Community Crafters Facebook Group in order to share progress, ideas, resources and results.

Completed items must be dropped into the ICA office by 31st March.

If you’re unable to drop them, ICA can collect. Just give us a call on 823789 or message us here.

Over the coming months, ICA will be launching a variety of other initiatives under their Community Crafters project, all of which will focus on celebrating creativity, crafting and community.

Portland Pickers

Huge thanks to ICA’s volunteer litter pickers, Diane Bedford, Louise Bedford and our youngest volunteer Emily, aged just five years! Three generations of the same family filled up three black sacks of rubbish they found along Weston Rd, including dog mess bags, plastic drinks bottles, glass, disposables face masks, tins and other packaging.

More community clean ups to follow. Let us know if you’d like some kit to use in your area or while you’re out walking.


A great new initiative from the Friendly Food Club. Available every week for at least six weeks from Friday 19th February.

Please see poster below for more information.If you would like to receive a CookBox for your family then please contact Dave Farmer from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) or the Friendly Food Club directly.  

CookBoxes will be available every week for at least six weeks from Friday 19th February.

Portland Cookbox is provided by the Friendly Food Club and supported by Dorset Community Foundation. It is being run on Portland in association with CAP (Weymouth and Portland) and distributed by the Portland Foodbank and Portland YMCA.

COOP Local Community Fund

A quick reminder that you can still support ICA’s activity boxes project via the Coop Local Community Fund. The plan is to help reduce isolation and loneliness by delivering activity boxes to our older clients that are full up with activities that they would like to do – from quizzes and reading books to crafts, memorabilia and dexterity aids.

Just log on to the Coop Membership page and sign-in (using the Account button at top right of page) or sign-up and pick ICA as your chosen project. Then, for every £1 you spend on Co-op products, 2p will go towards our crates.

Big thanks in advance.