A COMMUNITY group on Portland is already spreading cheer after launching a new festive initiative - which will last until Christmas Eve.

Residents on Portland are being invited to join the Island Community Action’s (ICA’s) new festive initiative, Yarny Yuletide.

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Running from now until December 24, the initiative is urging the public to use their creative skills to make decorations for their homes - or to donate gifts to ICA's office in Easton Square, which will be donated to people who are isolated within the community.

ICA project manager, Katy Pascoe said: "There’s really no limit to what people can create to spread a little joy this winter.

"We’re expecting everything from baubles, snowflakes and Santas to mini stockings, trees and robins, I honestly can't wait to see what people come up with.

“Our Community Crafters project was born during lockdown as a way of reducing levels of isolation and loneliness by encouraging and enabling people to stay active, engaged and connected to their community."

Donations can be dropped into ICA’s office in the Easton Shopping Centre, Easton Square (Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm).

People are also encouraged to join ICA’s Community Crafters Facebook group and share photos of their creations for others to enjoy and get inspiration from.