Coop Community Fund

ICA is excited to announce that we are one of the chosen projects for the latest Co-op Community Fund round.

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, ICA has worked with 200+ volunteers to deliver support (food, medication, telephone befriending and general errands) to those aged 65+ and those who are shielding. During this time, isolation and loneliness have both been major issues.

To help reduce the number of people affected, we want to provide our most vulnerable clients with regular activities for mind and body. So, we’re creating a range of activity boxes, containing everything from crafts and memorabilia to reading materials, quizzes and games, for them to enjoy at home.

We would be absolutely thrilled and grateful if you could help support us to achieve this.

Just log on to: Coop Membership, 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. Thank you in advance.

Advent Angels

ICA volunteer, Linda, busy making up parcels for local residents who’ll be alone this Christmas.

The parcels are being created from all the donations we’ve received from our amazing community.

Still plenty of time if you’d like to make up an entire box (just let us know if it’s for a man or women) or drop off some festive bits and pieces for us to include in the ones we’re creating.

We’d also love to include some handmade cards, so if you know any arts and craft enthusiasts looking for something to do during lockdown we’d love you to give them a nudge.

Portland Christmas Presents Appeal

Free Children’s Meals

Some fantastic initiatives being run by local community groups, churches, cafes and restaurants to help feed children facing hardship during the October half term.

Here on Portland, this includes the Portland Social Club (call 821207 to pre-book / collections between 12-2pm) and our local churches.

Hall & Woodhouse

Massive thanks to the Hall & Woodhouse’s Community Chest funding programme for their generous award of £1,500 towards ICA’s core costs. At such a challenging time we are hugely grateful. This funding will make a big difference to local people across Portland.

For more information about the programme, please visit the Hall & Woodhouse website.

Royal Thank You

Great chat with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex yesterday about the fantastic work being done locally by community / voluntary organisations across Dorset, particularly during the COVID-19 lockdown period. 

He was particularly complimentary about Portland’s community and the way so many residents came forward to help those who were shielding.