Portland Pride

Portland Pride was set up in 2012 to support Portland’s local crafts and food offer.

Since its launch Portland Pride has had some amazing achievements, a couple of the most exciting being:

  1. The Portland Pride shop and mobile market offer
    • Over 30 producers supported to expand or kick-start their own businesses through the Portland Pride shop (2012-2014)
    • Over 60 events, selling locally produced food and crafts, attended (since 2013)
  2. Portland Pride: Growing Local
    • 125 cookery sessions (beginners, advanced and specialist) delivered
    • 104 horticultural ‘grow your own’ sessions (beginners, advanced, specialist and family) delivered.

Portland Pride has also collaborated with ICA’s Silver Island project to increase the number of local community based eating activities for older residents, including lunch clubs and foodie events and trips.

The future

Portland Pride wants to build on its achievements to date by continuing to work in partnership with the local residents and organisations. By doing this we hope to:

  • Develop our existing network of local food, horticultural and environmental enthusiasts.
  • Support this network to tackle key issues, like poor health, poverty, loneliness and environmental degradation, through more food inspired events and activities. This would include…
    • More tiered cookery classes, ‘grow your own’ courses, food sharing initiatives, community-based eating opportunities and inter-generational, food inspired, social activities.
    • New learning activities around food and its impact on the environment, from its production and transportation to food waste and food related pollution.
  • Increase local business opportunities around food and crafts, including more community markets / sales outlets, training and shared production facilities.

We hope that by achieving this we can collaboratively deliver a wide range of benefits to local people, including:

  • Improved physical, psychological and social health and wellbeing, including reductions in loneliness and isolation
  • A stronger, more connected community
  • Improved access to affordable, local food
  • Skills and knowledge sharing
  • Positive environmental benefits
  • Local regeneration and a stronger local economy.