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This month – January 2020

Island Community Action would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. A huge thank you to all our amazing volunteers, wonderful clients, partners and supporters. We hope the next year will be wonderful for you all.

PORTLAND LOTTERY DRAW – Next draw on 27th March. £1 a ticket. Available from the ICA office and Cards ‘n’ Celebrations, Easton.

FREE OVER 50’s BENEFIT ADVICE SURGERY – Next Age UK Benefits Advice Surgery is on Tuesday 14th January. One-to-one appointments available. Call ICA on 823789 to book.

FREE PENGILLYS SOLICITORS LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC – Next clinic is on Wednesday 22nd January. Call ICA on 823789 to an appointment.

PORTLAND FOOD BANK VOUCHERS – ICA holds Portland Food Bank vouchers. They can be collected from the ICA office between 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday.

PRIZE BINGO – Come along to the St George’s Centre, Reforne for a fun afternoon of Christmas Bingo on the 17th January. Doors open 1.15pm. Eyes down 2pm. Great prizes. Everyone welcome. 

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, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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 and Fridays.

NB: Friday am is a shared space for both men and women. Friday pm is for men only.

The Shed is based at 41 Chiswell (next to the Ocean Bay Chinese take away). Opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm. £15 life membership + £5 per 2.5hr session.  Attend the am or pm sessions, or both.

CHESIL ART (CHAT) – Every Tuesday, 1.30-3.30pm. 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. The first session is free, then £4 per session (includes refreshments).

GET TOGETHER CLUB (SEATED’ EXERCISE CLASS) – Every Thursday, 10.30-11.30am at the YMCA, Reforne, Portland. Gentle exercise to improve fitness, strengthen joints, increase inner core strength, keep you moving and improve stability to prevent falls. Tutor led. The first session is free, then £4.00 per session (includes refreshments). Transport available at £3.00 return. First session for 2020 is 9th January.

OSTEOCISE EXERCISE CLASS – Every Monday, 10-11am at the Girt Hall, St Georges Centre, Reforne. 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. Tutor led. The first session is free, then £4.00 per session (includes refreshments). First session for 2020 is 6th January.

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.’ The first session is free, then £4.00 per session (includes refreshments). First session for 2020 is 8th January.

THE COMMUNITY CROONERS – Every Tuesday, 10.00-11.30am in the Girt Hall, St Georges Centre, Reforne. A community choir for the over 50s. Suitable for those who enjoy learning harmonies, singing fun and light hearted songs and taking part in public performances. New members always welcome. The first session is free, then £4.00 per session (includes refreshments). First session for 2020 is 7th January.

THE FORGET-ME-NOT SONGSTERS (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY) – If you watched the BBC’s Dementia Choir series and thought you, a loved one or a friend might benefit from something similar, why not come along to the next Forget-Me-Not Songsters session.

This warm and welcoming community-based singing group features activities and songs carefully chosen to keep the mind stimulated. It is open to all and great for anyone with concerns about their memory.

The group runs every other Wednesday and this month’s session is on the 18th December, 10.00-11.30am at the C2000 Hall, Easton. The first is session free, then £4 per session (includes refreshments). First session for 2020 is 8th January.

COMMUNITY CARS and MINIBUS (wheelchair friendly) – Cars are available for appointments and shopping trips (advanced booking essential). The service operates on donations with volunteer drivers.

SHOPPING SERVICE FOR PORTLAND’S OVER 55s – ICA runs a regular Thursday and Friday mornings shopping service to Tesco, Easton. The cost is £3.00 return. Call ICA to book.

ICA’s January trips and activities:

  • 13th – The Dining Room @ Foylebank – £4.00 from Portland / £5.00 from Wyke Regis
  • 19th – Wellworthy’s Sunday Lunch – £5.00 from Portland / £4.00 from Wyke Regis
  • 22nd – Little Ship Lunch – £4.00 from Portland / £5.00 from Wyke Regis

NB: Refreshments are not included in the above prices, unless stated. There are limited spaces for the transport, Book early on 823789.

BEFRIENDING – ICA offers a range of befriending services, from companionship to help with 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.

GARDENING – We are able to help with a range of gardening activities, including mowing, weeding, planting, hedge trimming and basic landscaping. This is not a free service.

For more information about our services or to book, please contact us.