New Volunteering Opportunity

In 1805 The Earl of Abergavenny (an East Indiaman sailing ship) sank in Weymouth Bay, resulting in the tragic loss of 263 lives. Portland Museum has curated a fascinating collection of finds from the wreck, and, with the help of the local community, will soon be bringing these to life in digital form, enabling new audiences across the world to discover the ship’s treasures.

To help make this work possible, the Museum is offering a rare and rewarding opportunity for local people, aged 14+, to come onboard and volunteer as part of the project team.

As a project volunteer you will have the opportunity to get hands on with the objects and learn a brand new set of digital skills, from 3D scanning/photography of the objects themselves to the cataloguing of information related to each find, writing condition reports and populating a new website with the resulting 3D images and interpretations.

The training is being supplied by the museum’s partners, NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) and MSDS Marine and will be fully accredited.

This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for those with an interest in maritime archaeology but also for those wanting to acquire a new set of transferable skills, enhance their CV and job prospects (including those with the heritage industry) or simply support their local museum to bring an exceptional story to a wider audience.

Volunteers would be expected to commit around a couple of hours a week for the process of scanning, recording and uploading to web the finds. This can be discussed with the museum.

There will be two phases to the training and recording: the first, in the early part of the spring (up until April); the second, during the autumn (September and October). The second phase will be a replicate of the first.

In between these times and during the summer, the Museum will be getting out and about with NAS and MSDS to deliver a range of outreach activities.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email the Portland Museum or pop into the ICA office and we will pass your details on to them.




Feliz Navidad

We’re feeling the Christmas vibe big time today, so thought we’d share a short video showcasing some of the festive activities we delivered over December.

Of course, none of it would be possible without your ongoing support, so a massive thank you for that xxx

ICA volunteers – Di and Keith Bedford

Advent Angels – Day 24

Tom Cox

Tom is our final Advent Angel for this year.

He was nominated by members of the community for being an inspiration to young people and doing our Island proud. Tom started out in the Portland Sea Cadets, here he learnt how to play the bugle.

Through his perseverance and dedication, he was later accepted into the Royal Marine Corps Band and this November selected to play the solo bugle Last Post at the BBC televised, Royal British Legions Service of Remembrance at the Albert Hall, London.

Thank you for your hard work Tom!

Have a very Merry Christmas from everyone at ICA and the wider community.

A big thank you for those donations that went towards Tom’s gifts.

Advent Angels: Day 24 – Tom Cox


Advent Angels – Day 23

Lisa Osborn

Lisa has been nominated by Tash S, Nicky LB and the whole of The Drop In team for being an absolute all round legend!

Lisa, who runs The Drop In Youth Club on Portland, is always advocating for Portland’s young people, supporting family and friends and being a shining role model to everyone she works with.

Thank you for all your hard work and a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Island Community Action and from the wider community.

The Drop In team and Lisa recieved treats courtesy of Vicky Hope and Bees Knees Cakes.

Advent Angels: Day 23 – Lisa Osborn

Advent Angels – Day 22

Joan Stevenson

Today’s nominee is Joan Stevenson, aged at an incredible 89yrs.

Joan was nominated for her life long dedication to volunteering and fundraising by her daughter Ann.Joan came to the island almost 30 years ago, since then she has helped multiple charities and organisations.

She is a past president, vice president and secretary of Easton WI.

Alongside her late husband, Joan also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels.

In addition, she served for many years in the committees of Portland Sea Cadets and the Royal Naval Association and has fundraised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities over her lifetime

We’re sure you agree that Joan is fantastic nomination!

Merry Christmas from the ICA team and your community, and a big thank you to the Community Crafters residents for the Winter Warmers hamper.

Advent Angels: Day 22 – Joan Stevenson

Advent Angels – Day 21

Nikki Fryer

Nikki was nominated by her friend Lucy Hardwick for all the work she has done over the years with Victoria Gardens and the way that she throws herself into community life and into supporting friends and family.

Merry Christmas Nikki from all the team at ICA and the wider community.

Advent Angels: Day 21 – Nikki Fryer

Advent Angels – Day 20

Lindsay Wilding & Royal Manor Health Care Reception/Admin Team

A team and their leader were both nominated for today’s treat by several local residents.

The treat consisted of a range of delicious goodies kindly donated by Erin O’Neil and Jen from Bee’s Knees Bakes.

Lindsay also had her own special delivery of a beautiful framed picture, generously donated by Sean Hepburn Photography.

Her colleague Kate wrote, “Lindsay is amazing, she works super hard throughout everything. she puts us all first and offers so much support to everyone and always checks in on us. I couldn’t ask for a better boss.”

Wishing them all a very Happy Christmas from ICA and the wider community.