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SENIORS CHRISTMAS PARTY - 14th December at the Lobster Pot, Portland Bill. 12.30pm till 3.30pm. This will include a three course Christmas lunch and musical entertainment. The cost will be £10, per person and transport will available for those that need it. We will be taking bookings from 3rd November to the 10th November only. Phone us on 823789 to book a place

PORTLAND LOTTERY DRAW – The next quarterly draw is the CHRISTMAS DRAW –18TH DECEMBER 2015. £1 a ticket.The more tickets sold the higher the prize fund. Tickets available from the ICA office and Cards ‘n’ Celebrations in Easton.

PRIZE BINGO – St Georges Centre on Friday 13th November and 27th November (our Christmas event). Doors open 1.30pm, eyes down 2pm. Great prizes. Everyone welcome.

RAFFLE & TOMBOLA PRIZES – Have you got any unwanted gifts or items that you could donate? Perhaps you are a business that can offer free experiences, trips or treatments? Every penny made from these items goes towards the services we run for older people. Contact the ICA office on 823789 to arrange a drop-off or collection.

CHAT – Chesil Art Therapy – This local art group meets at Fairfield Day Centre, Fortuneswell every Tuesday from 1.30pm–3.30pm. Members can enjoy painting or sketching alongside others in a friendly, welcoming environment, using a range of materials at your own pace. This group is suitable for beginners upwards. Tutor support is available and materials can be borrowed for the first few sessions while you settle in.

***UPCOMING ART EXHIBITION***: CHAT will be exhibiting their work alongside The Island Artists at their coffee morning and print and card sale at the Jubilee Hall on Sat 28th November from 9.30–12noon. With a wide variety of talented local artists work available to view and purchase, delicious refreshments, a quality raffle and even a ‘Have A Go Table’ for the kiddies, this is the perfect way to spend a cold Saturday morning.

THE MAN SHED – A larger version of the typical garden shed, the Man Shed offers an informal and welcoming space where men can get together to share and learn new skills, socialise and work on both individual and community based DIY projects.

Open Wednesdays and Fridays 10am–12.30pm and 1.30–4.00pm. £15 life membership + £5 per 2.5hr session.

Call Colin Stott on 07792 026810 or the ICA office on 823789 for more information.


ICA’s exercise classes are specifically designed for those aged 50yrs and over. 

FIT+ EXERCISE CLASS – Every Wednesday. 11.30am –12.30pm at the YMCA, Reforne, Portland. Suitable for those who are not quite up to running for the bus, but are more than capable of speed walking to the stop!

Led by Gail an experienced and approachable instructor, the class features cardio and core muscle strengthening exercises with a ‘hint of disco-ball!.’ £3 per session.

OSTEO-CISE EXERCISE CLASS – Every Monday. 10am-11am at the St John’s Ambulance Hall, Easton Street, Portland.

Less energetic than Fit+, but still guaranteed to get your blood pumping, this class combines a mixture of seated and standing exercises, stretching, stamina and core strengthening work.

Led by Anna a highly experienced, qualified tutor, Osteo-cise is ideal for those suffering from joint problems including arthritis and osteoporosis. It will also support weight loss, contribute towards effective management of continence problems and help maintain and improve mobility.

Free introductory session, then £3 per class.

GET TOGETHER CLUB ‘SEATED’ EXERCISE CLASS – Every Thursday from 10.30am-11.30am at the YMCA, Reforne, Portland. A gentle class to improve your fitness, strengthen joints, increase inner core strength, keep you moving and improve stability to prevent falls.

Led by a qualified tutor, the Get Together Club will help you to continue living safely and independently, whilst having fun and enjoying the company of others. Cost £3 per person (including refreshments). Transport available for £3 return.

COMMUNITY CAR & 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.


18th November – shopping at Morrisons or Sainsbury’s. £5.00 per person

29th November – Lobster Pot, Sunday Lunch. £4.00 per person return

NB: Refreshments are not included in the above prices. The minibus is also available for private bookings. To make a booking or find out more call the ICA office on 823789.

THE COMMUNITY CROONERS – ICA’s weekly sing-a-long group for the over 50s

Every Tuesday from 10.00–11.30am (including time for refreshments) in the Girt Hall, St Georges Centre, Reforne. £3 per person.

For anyone who are looking to fill their morning with fun, music and friends, in a safe, warm and welcoming environment.


Befriending – ICA offers a range of befriending services from companionship to help with local errands, personal correspondence and small DIY tasks, or perhaps just a friendly phone call or chat over a cup of tea. All our volunteers are police and reference checked, interviewed and fully insured. 

Gardeners – We are also able to offer help with gardening, including mowing, weeding, planting and hedge trimming & landscaping.

DIY – Any small jobs or DIY concerns, why not contact the office to see if we can help? Wide variety of work undertaken, from putting flat pack furniture together to fixing broken curtain rails or changing light bulbs.

Dog walkers – We currently have a list of volunteers willing to walk well-behaved dogs on a regular basis. For those that cherish the companionship their pets provide, but are struggling with the physical exertion required to exercise them.

Please note that some ‘At Home’ services carry a cost. For more information, call the ICA office on 823789.

OVER 50’s BENEFIT ADVICE SURGERY - The Age UK Benefits Advice Surgery will be on Tuesday 10th November for anyone over the age of 50yrs. One to one appointments are available by contacting the ICA office on 823789.

News from The Man Shed, Portland

The Man Shed in Chiswell has now been open for six months and we have been astounded by the generosity of local people donating items of furniture and tools to the project.

Members and volunteers have been busy turning these items into beautifully restored or up-cycled pieces of furniture, available to purchase and in some cases even customise for specific colour schemes or requirements.

However, as more furniture is donated we are facing difficulty retaining enough space for our members to work their magic. As a result, we are desperately looking for additional storage.

If anyone locally has an outbuilding or garage that they are not using and would be prepared to let us store donated pieces of furniture in we would be extremely grateful. Our volunteers are reference and police checked and will always ring in advance to arrange a suitable time to visit. In return, they could be available for a few odd jobs that may need doing in your home or even just for a cup of tea and chat if you don’t get many visitors.

Finally, we want to thank the local community for getting behind this fabulous project. Please do continue encouraging any men you know with time on their hands to come in and have a look around. Also, to let anyone you know who is looking to buy furniture to come visit us before they hit the big stores!

The Man Shed is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am 12.30pm then 1.30pm– 4pm, at Unit 1, 25 Chiswell (just up from the Blue Fish.) For more information contact Island Community Action on: 01305 823789 or email Colin Stott at: csthemanshed@gmail.com

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Island Community Action

Auction of Promises Night

Friday, 6th November 2015

 ICA's Auction of Promises gears up for its second year.

From holidays to horsey half-days, this year’s charity auction has a myriad of fantastic lots up for grabs, thanks to the generosity of local individuals and businesses from across Dorset and beyond. 

The auction is taking place on Friday, 6th November at the Jubilee Hall in Easton. Doors open at 7:00pm, and a licensed bar will be available to help the evening along. Entry to the event is £3.00 and can be picked up from the ICA office in Easton. A sausage and chip supper, from CodFathers, Weston, is included in the price.

All the lots will come under the hammer of experienced auctioneer, Matthew Denney, from Duke's Auction House in Dorchester, who is once again offering his services free of charge for the night.

All profits from the event will support ICA's Helping Hand project. Part funded by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme, the project supports Portland’s older residents, particularly those impacted by isolation, ill health or disability. Last year the project delivered around 10,000 separate interactions with older people through a wide variety of activities and services, including befriending, community transport, DIY, gardening, exercise classes, singing and art therapy.

ICA CEO, Kim Wilcocks, feels the event hits the perfect balance between fundraising and fun, “What’s great about this event is that not only does it make a difference to the lives of older, more vulnerable, people across Portland, it’s also a fantastic night out and the perfect place to pick up some unusual Christmas gifts.”

Should any individuals or local business wish to offer sponsorship or a lot for this event, or any of ICA’s ongoing activities, they would be very pleased to hear from you.

For further information about the Auction of Promises and / or Island Community Action, contact Katy Pascoe on: 01305 823789 / office@islandcommunityaction.org.uk.


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