Portland’s Mini Pickers

We were delighted to receive this gorgeous card from the Yr 4 children at St George’s Primary School – Portland Events, for the loan of our litter picking kits.

We’d like to say a massive, “thank you,” back to them, not only for the card but for the fantastic job they did cleaning up Easton.

They’re all a real credit to their parents, their school and our community.

What’s On

Here’s a quick summary of ICA’s activities for June 2021… 

***New*** CASH BINGO – Why not come along to the C2000 Hall, Easton every Thursday evening. First session 1st July 2021.  Doors open 6.30pm. Eyes down 7pm. Raffle. Everyone welcome. Please bring your own refreshments.

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.

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.

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 – ICA runs regular Friday mornings shopping service to Tesco, Easton. Cost £4.00 return. Call ICA to book a place.

OSTEOCISE EXERCISE CLASS – Every Monday, 11am- 12pm at the Girt Hall, St Georges Centre, Reforne. Tutor led. Features seated and standing exercises, stretching, stamina and core strengthening work. Ideal for joint problems, including arthritis and osteoporosis. Supports weight loss. Helps maintain and improve mobility. First session free, then £4.00 per session (including refreshments). COVID-19 – Participants must have had both covid jabs.       

FIT+ EXERCISE CLASS – Every Wednesday, 11.30am –12.30pm at the YMCA, Reforne. Tutor led. Features cardio and core muscle strengthening exercises with a ‘hint of disco-ball.’ First session free, then £4.00 per session (including refreshments). COVID-19 – Participants must have had both covid jabs.     

CHESIL ART (CHAT) – Every Thursday, 1.00pm–3.30pm. The group meets at St. John’s Hall, Ventnor Road, Fortuneswell.  Members can enjoy painting or sketching alongside others in a friendly and welcoming environment, using a range of materials. Suitable for beginners upwards. Tutor support. Materials can be borrowed for the first few sessions. First session free, then £4 per session (including refreshments).

THE MAN SHED – An informal and welcoming space for men aged 18+ to share and learn new skills, socialise and work on individual and/or community-based DIY, woodworking and furniture restoration projects. Open Mondays and Wednesdays.

THE WOMEN’S SHED – Are you 18+ with an interest in basic DIY, woodworking or furniture refurbishment? Let the Women’s Shed team help get you started. Open Thursdays.

The Shed is based at 41 Chiswell, (by the side of the Ocean Bay Chinese takeaway). Opening hours – Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm. £5 per 2.5hr session.  Attend the am or pm sessions, or both.

NB: Friday am is a shared session for men and women. 

GARDENING – We are able to offer help with gardening, including mowing, weeding, planting and hedge trimming and landscaping. NB. This service is not free. 

For more information about ICA, its activities or how you can support us, please get in touch.

Volunteers’ Week

Today marks the final day of Volunteers’ Week 2021 and we couldn’t let it pass without saying a huge thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, past and present.

You represent the the beating heart of ICA and we could never achieve what we do without you, particularly over the last 12 months – a year like never before, and one in which you have been phenomenal.

Here’s to the future and another year of working together to support our community.

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.

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.