Portsmouth Lottery grants available for local voluntary groups

Portsmouth City Council have sent us through information on a grants scheme for local charities and voluntary groups with incomes of under £35,000 to purchase equipment or to fund projects. The deadline for proposals is Friday 9 August 2019.

Information from the Council:

We recognise the incredible contribution and role our local charities, not-for-profit and voluntary sector organisations play in the local community. Thanks to the Portsmouth Lottery, we are able to offer one-off grants to local good causes through our small grants fund.

The grant could cover the purchase of needed equipment, or a specific project or activity. Before applying, read our funding policy guidelines and terms and conditions to ensure that you qualify for our small grant funding.

To apply, please download and complete the application form then either

  • email to,
  • or print it out and post to The Portsmouth Lottery, Voluntary Sector Team, Floor 1, Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2DX

The deadline to receive applications for our next funding panel is Friday 9 August by 5pm

31 July, 2019|

Council health overview panel to consider future of Jubilee House

Thursday’s meeting of Portsmouth City Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel is set to make significant changes by relocating services offered at Jubilee House in Medina Road, Cosham.

Read the paper to be presented to the panel setting out the background and proposal for Jubilee House services

Healthwatch Portsmouth will be attending the meeting and would like to hear your views on the plans to change services – to contact us please email or through our Facebook page or Twitter, alternatively phone Siobhain McCurrach on 07970166609.

See the agenda for the Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel 17 July 2019

15 July, 2019|

Carers: have you had contact with the mental health crisis team?

Rosie Penlington of the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group is working on a project to improve the Mental Health Crisis Service

She would like to speak to and get feedback from as many carers who have been in contact with the service as possible. Rosie will be putting on a focus group and distributing a questionnaire but she would also like to come along to some carers groups to hear about people’s experiences. If you would be happy for Rosie to attend your group please contact her using the e-mail or call 023 9268 8503.

1 July, 2019|

Healthwatch Portsmouth publishes annual report 2018-2019

Healthwatch Portsmouth has published its annual report for the year 2018-2019.

Last year we heard from 530 people who visited our stalls and told us about their experience of a number of different areas of health and social care. Local people told us that they wanted local health services to communicate better between services to prevent unnecessary appointments being made for treatment.

eHealthwatch Portsmouth annual report 2018-2019 coiverHighlights

  • 530 people shared their health and social care story with us, 45% more than last year
  • 18 volunteers helped us to to carry out our work. In total they gave 559 hours of their time
  • 4,443 people accessed Healthwatch Portsmouth advice and information online or contacted us with questions about local support.
  • We visited 13 health and care services and 30 community events to understand people’s experience of care. From these visits, we made eight recommendations for improvement
  • Six improvements that we suggested were adopted by services to make health and care better in our community
  • Our social media reach was huge over the last activity year, a total of 1,329,859 interactions. This is a 97% increase on the previous year

Read Healthwatch Portsmouth – annual report 2018-2019

30 June, 2019|

Get information and advice on health and wellbeing at your local library

Portsmouth City Council is working with Queen Alexandra Hospital on a new initiative to offer health information and advice at local libraries across the city.

The Information for Health Enquiry Service team will recommend books and reputable websites that can help people manage and understand their health conditions. They can also let people know about the latest research on their condition through the partnership with librarians working at the hospital. The service also works closely with the Community Connectors who can support people to integrate into their local community and find groups and activities that could help improve their wellbeing.

The service offers one to one appointments in any Portsmouth Library, or come along to the regular drop-ins through the week:

Monday: North End Library, 9.30am – 12.00pm

Tuesdays: Central Library, 10.30am – 1.00pm

Wednesdays: Paulsgrove Library, 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Thursdays: Southsea Library, 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Fridays: Alderman Lacey, 9.30am – 12.30pm

The service operates in the wellbeing zone of each of the libraries. The zones contain books, DVDs and leaflets on topics such as health, mental wellbeing, childcare, lifestyle change, healthy eating and exercise.

To make a one to one appointment, or for further information contact Pat Garrett – 023 9268 8259 or Jacqueline Garrard – 023 9268 8049, […]

21 June, 2019|

Agenda published for Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting 27 June 2019

You are invited to the next Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting, to be held on Thursday 27 June 2019, 6-8pm at the Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea PO4 9HR (buses 1,27 to Highland Road, limited parking is available at the centre and on the surrounding roads)

This meeting will be our AGM

Agenda for Healthwatch Portsmouth meeting 27 June 2019

To help us get an idea of numbers please sign up at Eventbrite: to reserve your place.

18 June, 2019|
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