Learner saying thank you

Your support matters

As well as being a national specialist college and residential care provider for people with physical and learning disabilities, Portland is also a Registered Charity supported by our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen from 1974 to 2022.

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of people like you to help us continue developing our facilities and services. All of which benefit our young people.

In 2020, we celebrated our 70th anniversary, a tremendous milestone that demonstrates the huge impact we’ve had on our communities since opening in 1950. 

Chris Doing Work Experience

Did you know? 

  • 31% of people with disabilities live in relative poverty. That’s 50% higher than non-disabled people.
  • People with disabilities are 29% less likely to find a job than people without disabilities. This is called the ‘Disability Employment Gap’.
  • 51% of people with disabilities of working age are classed by the Government as economically inactive. 
  • In the Districts local to Portland, the percentage of adults on long-term benefits associated with disability and medical conditions is much higher than regional and national averages. 
  • People with disabilities in the UK score significantly lower on all key well-being measures. 

Our specialist programmes help people to improve their health and well-being, independence and employability skills. Meaning they can look forward to more independent, fulfilling futures. 

Choose your future at Portland

You can make a real difference to our learners

We are pathfinders in identifying and addressing the needs of the individual to improve their quality of life.

You can help us to build brighter futures for people with disabilities who face barriers to physical activity, independent living and employment.

Be part of something brilliant!

Newstart hall with scaffolding rigs, and lots of wires hanging from the ceiling
Changing room benches with coat hooks laying on top before they are to be put on wall.
Meeting room in development, builder at far wall with hard hat and high vis jacket on.
Newstart hall in development, small cherry picker in the centre

Special Projects

As many charitable organisations adapt and evolve from the ongoing impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever we provide the opportunity for people with disabilities.

Our all-inclusive, Newstart Hall & Theatre, a centre of excellence for creative arts, disabled sports, and community-based art projects for children, young people, and communities. In particular, those that are experiencing financial hardships is an example of how we are addressing these needs. 

Charitable donations towards this project are vital to be able to provide free of charge access for vulnerable groups in the future once the project is complete in late 2021. 

Find out more about Newstart Hall & Theatre

An Exciting Future 

As we head into 2022, we have some new and exciting projects such as a Trades Centre where learners will access furniture making, woodwork and metal work courses, with the view of securing external work placements.

Also in the pipeline are plans to reshape and expand our farm to include donkeys, heritage plants and foods.

We are expanding our Pathways, Progress and Day Services into hubs in towns centres, so more people can benefit from the Portland experience. 

And we’re investing in new independence flats on campus to help people learn how to live more independently. 


Read our 5 Year Plan
Portland campus aerial view

We’d love your support

Support as an individual

Challenge yourself to something new and raise money from your friends and family as support.

Support as a business

We would be thrilled to hear your ideas, and work with you to create a perfect partnership.

Support as a Volunteer

If you can spare a little bit of time, we’d love to welcome you to our volunteering team.

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