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…
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Here’s our oldest volunteer Dennis (aged 91yrs), who has been busy as a telephone befriender, making calls to others that are shielding alone in order to check they’re ok and provide some vital companionship.
Also, our youngest volunteers, sisters Connie (aged 8yrs), Grace (10yrs) and Libby (19yrs), receiving their cake deliveries. All three fostered two dogs for a family that needed some extra support during lockdown.
Over the coming weeks we will celebrate the work of more volunteers as they continue to support our most vulnerable and at risk residents.
Here are the results of ICA’s Portland Lottery draw, postponed from March.
Due to the lockdown, the prize pot is a less than usual…but still worth winning.
1st prize – £113 / Ticket 182, 2nd prize – £62 / Ticket 092 and 3rd prize – £31 / Ticket 129.
If you are a winner, please give us a call on 823789.
Tickets for the next draw will go on sale in the next couple of weeks. Details regarding how you can purchase these will be promoted shortly.
Huge thank you to everyone who has nominated people for our cake deliveries each week. We’ve had great fun helping to spread a sprinkling of happiness during what has otherwise been a difficult time for so many. Our last winners were:
- Chloe Vallance and family whose new baby was being looked after in hospital after being born under very difficult circumstances during the lockdown.
- The fabulous team at the Portland Royal Mail Depot, who work hard all year round and have kept us all going through the pandemic.
- Finally our ICA volunteers, who were nominated countless times! We’re going to continue delivering to them over the weeks to come to try to get a thank you to as many of them as we can.
With Volunteers’ Week 2020 now at an end and a new year of volunteering just begun, ICA would like to express our gratitude for the support our volunteers have provided to our community over the last few months.
In what has been the most challenging of years, we have seen more local residents than ever before come forward to help their family, friends, neighbours and even those who may have once been unknown to them, but simply needed a helping hand.
For the rest of the year and beyond, whether you volunteer for ICA or any one of the many other amazing local organisations here in Dorset, we wish you all the very best.
We’re half way through Volunteers’ Week, so we thought it would be a good time to explore the more unusual side of volunteering…
Nothe of the Living Dead is a charity fundraiser with a difference – a combination between the Walking Dead and Crystal Maze, with a pinch of The Addams Family thrown in for good measure.
The event is a collaboration between ICA, Nothe Fort and EPIC. Its small (but beautifully put together) production team rely heavily on the efforts of a wonderfully creative group of volunteers (and the spookiest of spooky venues).
But it’s not all about fear and fun. Every penny of profit from the event goes to support ICA’s services for older, vulnerable residents across Portland and the surrounding area + the fabulous Nothe Fort venue.
Here are a few shots to celebrate the scariest volunteers this side of Transylvania!
2018 – Photos courtesy of Sean Hepburn