Portland Connect is located in the Portland Hospital building, near Castletown in the Fortuneswell area of Portland.
This small service is seen as a valuable resource by the community as it is the only day service of its kind on the island. It was formerly known as the ‘Fairfield Day Centre’.
The building has a range of rooms for activities with a secluded decked area where clients can sit and enjoy the outdoor space.
Facilities, activities and services offered
Full or half day sessions are offered, to suit the needs of the client and the carer.
A range of activities are offered, for example: sing-a-longs; arts and crafts; bingo; themed days and regular visits from local entertainers. Clients are encouraged to participate at their own pace, with activities structured to an individual’s ability level.
The service offers ASDAN Towards Independence Skills modules, allowing clients with learning disabilities the opportunity to gain work related qualifications and to improve and develop literacy and numeracy skills amongst other topics.
A chiropodist visits every six weeks and hairdressing services are provided on request, at an agreed charge
A bi-monthly newsletter is produced, which informs clients and carers about activities and dates for their diaries.
Support to carers
The service has a long-standing partnership with the local carers’ group on Portland and are involved in local events they organise. Signposting and guidance is provided to carers on request. An annual carers review is undertaken, which enables the service to consider any improvements that can be made. The service offers flexible daily and half day short or long-term respite attendance to support carers and their commitments.
Portland Connect is open from 9.00 to 4.00 pm on Mondays; Wednesdays; Thursdays and Fridays. They are closed on Tuesdays and at weekends and bank holidays.
A selection of rooms is available to hire in the evenings and at weekends. Charges and further information are available on request.