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’ and has been part of the local community for over thirty years.
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 time sessions are available, to suit the needs of the client and the carer, for a few weeks or months or for a longer term.
We offer a range of activities, including arts and crafts; music and movement and sing-a-longs; bingo; reminiscing sessions and memory boxes; quizzes; walking groups; topical discussions; local entertainer performances and community outings. Clients are encouraged to participate at their own pace, with activities structured to an individual’s ability level.
We also provide a showering service and use of our shower facilities, hairdressing services on request and regular chiropodist and foot care services.
We run a breakfast club for our clients and a luncheon club which is also open to members of the community (bookings are required).
We have good community and voluntary sector links and hold regular coffee mornings which local people support.
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.
You can pop in at any time when we are open, for a cup of tea and a chat to find out more information, or you may want to come for lunch.