ICA’s September Activities

COVID-19 – We are continuing to provide support, including shopping, prescription pick-ups and errands to those that are shielding. If you are not shielding, but feel you still require support (whether an existing client or new), please give us a call and we can discuss your options. 

NB:  From 1st September we will operate our lines Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm. Outside of these hours leave a message on: 823789 (answered next working day) or contact us via Facebook (search for Island Community Action – ICA) or our contact us page.


ICA’S COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE – Now running for essential trips. Must be booked in advance. ICA’s transport operates on donations and with volunteer drivers. Call us on 823789 for more information, to book and to discuss our COVID-19  requirements.

ICA’s MINIBUS  Running shopping trips to Tesco on the 18th and 25th September. If there is demand, we will then run every Thursday and Friday from October onwards. Call us on 823789 for more information, to book and to discuss our COVID-19 requirements. Cost £4.00 return.

FIT+ EXERCISE CLASS – Wednesdays from 9th September, 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. COVID-19 – Masks to be worn when entering building but can be removed for the activity. Social distancing will apply. 

CHESIL ART (CHAT) – Thursdays from 3rd September, 1.00pm–3.30pm 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). COVID-19– No masks required. Social distancing will apply. 

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 – For woman aged 18+ with an interest in basic DIY, woodworking or furniture refurbishment? Open Thursdays.

Friday am is a shared space for both men and women.

The Shed is based at 41 Chiswell, (next to the Ocean Bay Chinese takeaway). Opening hours – Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays 10am–12.30pm and 1.30p–4pm. £15 life membership + £5 per 2.5hr session.  Attend the am or pm sessions, or both.

We are continually reviewing our other services and will be getting them up and running as soon as we are confident they can be run safely.

New Personal Development Courses

Portland Community Venue are pleased to announce that Whitehead Ross Education & Consulting will be running courses at the venue from Wednesday 2nd September.

The courses are aimed at helping those aged 16+ (currently unemployed or earning less than £17,000 and live in Dorset) to develop their skills across a number of areas:

  1. Leadership and team skills course – 2nd & 3rd September
  2. Support work in schools (Level 2) – on Tuesdays from 8th September for 12 weeks
  3. English for speakers of other languages – on Tuesdays from 8th September for 7 weeks.

To find out more or sign up for your free place (the courses are fully funded for those meeting the above criteria), please call: 01305 261626 or email: dorsetskills@wrecltd.co.uk.

Flag It Up

A fantastic new Activate project celebrating the shining lights that have helped get people through the COVID-19 pandemic here on Portland. The project is being delivered by local artist Sophie Fretwell. Details in the poster below…

Funding Boost

Huge thanks to the Billy Winters team and all those that attended their recent fundraiser. Your generous donation of £450 will really help support ICA to continue providing essential support to vulnerable local residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The ICA team xxx