Dorset Blind Association’s Portland Shop to Officially Open with Mayor’s Presence

The Dorset Blind Association, the independent charity serving the visually impaired community in Dorset, is delighted to announce the official opening of its Portland shop on March 7th, 2024, at 12.30pm. The grand opening will be graced by the presence of the Mayor of Portland, highlighting the importance of the event for the local community.

The Portland shop, located at 7 Reforne, Portland DT5 2AL, has already had a soft launch last year and has been warmly received by the local community. Zoe Coleman, who has been appointed as shop manager, has been instrumental in creating a warm and inclusive environment.

As well as being stocked with treasures waiting to find a new home, the shop will serve as a central hub for the local community. Jonathan Holyhead, CEO, commented, “Our shops add to, and directly support, the delivery of our community services across Dorset and they are vital to enabling those services to continue. Our shops are an important part of our service delivery, including a mini equipment and advice/resource centre making Dorset Blind Association even more accessible to the public”.

The charity is in need of donations. Quality, saleable items such as clothing, accessories, household goods, books and toys are welcomed and can be dropped off directly at the shop during opening hours. Unfortunately, they cannot accept furniture. Additionally, the shop is looking for volunteers to help with various tasks – hours to suit and full training will be provided. Join the friendly team in making a difference.

“We are thrilled to officially open our doors to the Portland locals”, said Zoe, the shop manager. “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received so far and look forward to continuing to serve the community”.

The shop’s current opening hours are 9.00AM – 4.00PM, Monday – Saturday. For more information, please contact Zoe at or call 01305 234270

In addition to Portland, Dorset Blind Association operates charity shops in Bridport, Broadstone, Christchurch, Ferndown, Parkstone, Southbourne and Weymouth

Dorset Blind Association has been providing practical and emotional support to blind and partially sighted people across Dorset since 1918. Their service is vital to the local community as there are now more than 30,000 people in Dorset living with serious sight loss. Proud recipients of the esteemed Queens Award for Voluntary Services, DBA help people come to terms with living serious sight loss and still live happy lives.

For more information about Dorset Blind Association, contact, or call 01202 712865