Summary Of Activities & Services - March 2019

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This year ICA is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and two decades of supporting older people across Portland and the surrounding area. To celebrate, we will be running a number of special events and activities throughout 2019. Watch this space for more information.

MOTHER’S DAY on 31st MarchICA would like to wish all the mothers and grandmothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for doing such an amazing job.

PORTLAND LOTTERY DRAW – Next draw on 29th March. £1 a ticket, available from the ICA office and Cards ‘n’ Celebrations, Easton.

OVER 50’s BENEFIT ADVICE SURGERY – The Age UK Benefits Advice Surgery will be on Tuesday 12th March or anyone over the age of 50yrs. One-to-one appointments available. Call ICA to book.

PENGILLYS SOLICITORS LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC –– The next clinic will be on the Wednesday 13th March. Call ICA to book an appointment.

PORTLAND FOOD BANK VOUCHERS - ICA hold Portland Food Bank vouchers for those in need. Please call in the office anytime between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday.

PRIZE BINGO – Come along to the St George’s Centre, Reforne, on Friday 15th and 29th March.  Doors open 1.30pm. Eyes down 2pm. Great prizes. Everyone welcome.

THE MAN SHED – Offering 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 basicDIY, woodworking or furniture refurbishment? Let the Women’s Shed team help get you started. Open every Thursday.

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

CHESIL ART (CHAT) – Every Tuesday, 1.30pm–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.

GET TOGETHER CLUB ‘SEATED’ EXERCISE CLASS’ – Every Thursday, 10.30am-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. £3 per session (including refreshments). Transport available at £3 return.

OSTEOCISE EXERCISE CLASS – Every Monday, 10am-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. £3 per session. 

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.’ £3 per session

THE COMMUNITY CROONERS – Every Tuesday, 10.00–11.30am in the Girt Hall, St Georges Centre, Reforne. Singing group for the over 50s. Runs. Suitable for those looking to fill their morning with fun, music and friends, in a safe and welcoming environment. Regular public performances. Cost £3 per session (includes refreshments). 

THE FORGET-ME-NOT SONGSTERS (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY) – A warm and welcoming community-based singing group, with each activity and song carefully chosen to keep the mind stimulated. Open to all. Great for anyone who has concerns about their memory. Dementia friendly. Runs alternate Wednesdays. Next sessions are on the 13th and 27th March, 10.00-11.30am at the C2000 Hall, Easton. £3 per session (includes refreshments).

COMMUNITY CAR and MINIBUS (wheelchair friendly) – The community car is available for all your appointments and shopping trips. Advanced booking is essential. This service operates on donations with volunteer drivers.

SHOPPING SERVICE FOR PORTLAND’S OVER 55s – ICA runs regular Thursday and Friday mornings shopping service to Tesco, Easton. Cost £3 return. Call ICA to book.

March trips…

13th – Turks Head, Chickerell, £6.00 from Portland  and £5.00 from Wyke 
19th Lunch at The Little Ship, Chiswell. £4.00 from Portland and £5.00 from Wyke 
24th – Sunday Lunch at The Lobster Pot. £4.00 return, Portland only

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

BEFRIENDING – ICA offers a range of befriending services, from companionship to help with local 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 offer help with gardening, including mowing, weeding, planting and hedge trimming and landscaping. NB. This service is not free. For more information, call the ICA office on 823789.

DOG WALKING – Volunteers available to walk well-behaved dogs on a regular basis. For those that cherish their pets but are struggling with their physical exercise.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ICA AND ITS ACTIVITIES, POP INTO THE ICA OFFICE, THE EASTON CENTRE, EASTON (OPPOSITE CARDS ‘N’ CELEBRATIONS)

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