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.

Happy New Year

Although many aspects of 2021 may still be uncertain, rest assured that ICA will be here to support those who need it as things develop and change of the next few months.

After our Christmas and New Year break, we will open again on Monday 4th January at 10am. You can reach us on 01305 823789, via Facebook or here.

Merry Christmas To One And All…

What a year!!! Thank you to all those that have supported our work. We really couldn’t have done it without you. 2020 has truly shown the power of community.

All that’s left to say is, we love our beautiful island and its amazing community – have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

Here’s a little Christmas movie, summing up our year – we hope it gets you in the festive mood.

Advent Angels

Over the last few weeks, as part of our Advent Angels Christmas 2020 initiative, we’ve been delivering treats to some of Portland’s COVID-19 super heroes. All recipients were nominated by the local community, which has made the awards even more special. In total, ICA delivered 70 treats to 104 people and six businesses. The photograph below captures most of these.

Congratulations to all who received treats or donated. Your community is proud to have you as residents, volunteers and supporters of those in need across the Island.

Advent Angels – Day 24

We’ve saved some of our Advent Angels super stars for our last day of deliveries. They’ve all worked hard as volunteers to make other people’s Christmas special, so we thought they would be the perfect people to surprise with a festive treat of their own.

First up is Gill Greenwood. For many years Gill has organised the collection of the local Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Over that time she has coordinated 1,000s of boxes of Christmas presents to be sent across the globe to some of the World’s most ‘in need’ children.

Our second nominee is Tracey Sharp, who collects, buys and makes Christmas parcels up for multiple homeless people each year. Nominated by her daughter for being a fantastic mum to the family, whilst also thinking and supporting others. A true local hero.

Third is Rachel Walters. With the help of her two daughters, Rachel has made 35 Christmas dinners, complete with all the trimmings, and delivered them around the Island to some of our older clients. Without Rachel’s generosity and time these residents would not have had a Christmas lunch. Huge thanks also to Sue Illsley at Fancy’s Farm for the use of her kitchen and to Colin Clark & Son / Little Angus Butchers and Express Potato Supply Ltd for donating the meat and vegetables for this (all other produce was donated by Rachel herself). A great example of the community and local businesses coming together.

Lastly, our youngest volunteers Lily (8yrs) and Ruby (6yrs) Hope, both of whom have been helping with wrapping and delivering Advent Angel and Christmas parcels to our older clients. Huge thanks to Janet Newton for the fabulous donation of a handmade doll house and accessories for this lovely pair of elves.

Advent Angels – Day 23

Three very deserving Advent Angels ladies were surprised with Christmas treats as a thank you for what they’ve done to support others this year.

Firstly, Gill Hodgkins who has supported and checked in on so many of the residents of Ladymead throughout the year. She certainly deserved the box of goodies donated by our fabulous supporters.

Next, Anaïck Humbert and Shani from Happy You And Mee who so generously donated their time, skills and materials to provide 16 weeks of free pottery lessons to so many children across the island. They dropped clay at people’s doors, hosted small group Zoom lessons, collected the finished pieces from the participant’s homes, fired them in their studio and returned them to the excited participants. The team even hosted free online pottery parties for children who had birthdays during the lockdown. It was such a fantastic example of our community coming together during a challenging year that we were delighted that they were nominated.

Massive thanks to all of today’s Advent Angels and donors.