Portland Pickers

Huge thanks to ICA’s volunteer litter pickers, Diane Bedford, Louise Bedford and our youngest volunteer Emily, aged just five years! Three generations of the same family filled up three black sacks of rubbish they found along Weston Rd, including dog mess bags, plastic drinks bottles, glass, disposables face masks, tins and other packaging.

More community clean ups to follow. Let us know if you’d like some kit to use in your area or while you’re out walking.


A great new initiative from the Friendly Food Club. Available every week for at least six weeks from Friday 19th February.

Please see poster below for more information.If you would like to receive a CookBox for your family then please contact Dave Farmer from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) or the Friendly Food Club directly.  

CookBoxes will be available every week for at least six weeks from Friday 19th February.

Portland Cookbox is provided by the Friendly Food Club and supported by Dorset Community Foundation. It is being run on Portland in association with CAP (Weymouth and Portland) and distributed by the Portland Foodbank and Portland YMCA.

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.