Across the Havant Constituency, we have a wide range of local charities, community groups, businesses and government bodies that exist to help or serve local residents. Following the extraordinary year we have experienced, I believe it is important to build on the success of this annual event to bring some of those organisations together virtually, so residents – and their families, carers, neighbours and friends – can see what’s on offer.
Below is text that has been obtained from each organisation. Alan does not necessarily endorse each organisation or their products/services.
Age UK Portsmouth has been caring for vulnerable and isolated older people in Portsmouth and the South-East Hampshire for over 80 years. We are an independent, local registered charity, responsible for our own funding and services, and a brand partner of the national Age UK organisation. Our mission is 'To help adults in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire enjoy a better quality of life, with a specific focus on all aspects of getting older.' We have regularly responded to an ever-changing environment, including anticipated changes in commissioning, social care, society and not least, the changing expectations of older people.
BH Live Active
Social enterprise and leading operator of leisure and event venues. We believe everyone, irrespective of age, ability or means, should be able to enjoy the health and well being benefits of being active.
Hampshire Library Services
Our specially recruited Home Library Service volunteers collect library materials from their local library and deliver to pre matched library customers in the local area who are unable to make the journey themselves. Anyone who struggles to get to their local library due to mobility or health issues or because of caring responsibilities can apply to receive this free service.
Home Instead Havant
We provide the highest quality of care, warmth and personalised support; that which we would want for ourselves and our parents. At Home Instead Havant we are part of the worlds leading non medical provider of care. Locally owned and managed we support adults to be safely able to live at home, across the entire Havant Borough region. From dementia care, personal care, housework, shopping and collecting prescriptions, our personally matched and consistent caregivers have an hour or more every visit to make a real difference. Our clients benefit from having a liked and known person at a fixed time, to add to their experience and enjoyment of life. The CQC have judged us to be Outstanding and in a recent survey of clients and staff created 100% recommendation from both. We invite all enquiries on 02393 190091
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The OPCC works to keep our residents safer, while also providing scrutiny of the Constabulary. The OPCC work with partners to ensure all residents in our county have access to support services, to engage with the public to ensure the voice of our residents is reflected in our actions.
Trefoil Guild is Guiding for Adults. In Trefoil women and men aged 18+ make new friends, travel, explore, serve their communities and support Guiding and Scouting in their localities. Our mission statement is: Find Friendship, Get Active, Give Support, Get Involved. There are many opportunities for members to try something new, take on new personal challenges and escape the daily routine. Trefoil is about fun, friendship and making a difference. In Hampshire East there are 18 Guilds with approximately 340 members, including a lone group and a disabled members’ group.
Sisterly Care Ltd is a Domiciliary Care Agency that provides excellent quality home care in the Havant, Emsworth, Waterlooville Portsmouth and Bognor Regis areas. Sisterly Care’s philosophy is to promote independence and decision making, to enhance the quality of life for our service users and allow our users to continue to live in their own homes. We aim to provide continuity and quality of care using highly trained and experienced care staff, who will support and respect you in your individual care needs. Our goal is to maintain, within the Sisterly Care, a caring, family unit providing all existing and potential service users with the standard of care they would only normally expect to receive from their own close family members.
Rowans Living Well Centre
Rowans Living Well Centre is here to enable people to 'live well' and supports people living in Portsmouth & South East Hampshire who are living with a life-limiting and progressive illness. regardless of diagnosis we support adults (from 18yrs old) and extend our support to their carers and family members through diagnosis, care and on to bereavement.
Churchers are a leading Hampshire law firm, at your service whether you are a business or an individual. With over 130 years offering support and advice to the local community we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with all your legal requirements and offer a comprehensive range of legal services. We pride ourselves in providing a professional but personal service tailored for you or your business, delivered in a hassle free way and in a language you can understand.
U3A - University of the Third Age
Havant U3A is an organisation for people who are no longer in full time employment and offers a range of different group activities that its members can participate in. Some of our groups are primarily educational (e.g. Local History, Philosophy, Poetry Writing), some are more leisure based (e.g. Scrabble, Bird Watching, Wine Appreciation) and some groups offer a chance to get some exercise (Cycling for Softies, Line Dancing, Walking). In total there are 33 groups offering a wide range of subjects and activities. All of the groups have a social element where people can form new friendships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. A full list of the groups can be found on the website. As well as the interest groups, our members can attend a monthly meeting which usually includes a talk by a renowned speaker on a different subject. Upcoming talks include: The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Highways: Past, Present and Future; Forty years catching smugglers; Asteroids – A waste of Space? We also hold two parties each year: a Summer Tea Party and a Christmas Party. Obviously, due to the current pandemic situation, it is not possible for many of our groups to meet in person at the moment. However, we have embraced the use of technology to enable many of the groups to continue via a computer link (we use the Zoom program). The annual membership fee which includes all of the above is only £12. (£15 last year).
Portsmouth City Council Energy Services
Our brand is called SwitchedOn Portsmouth. Switched On Portsmouth is run by Portsmouth City Council to provide Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant residents with a number of ways to save energy and money. Residents can receive: Expert energy saving advice through LEAP. Free gas central heating, cavity wall and loft insulation through Warmer Homes. Further help, advice and measures to reduce their energy bills. Through working with a number of organisations we are able to provide a number of initiatives to help residents save money on their energy bills and improve energy efficiency in the city.
Parish of Warblington with Emsworth
We are a lively Church of England Parish with two churches – St. James’ Church in the heart of Emsworth and St. Thomas à Becket Church in quiet and beautiful surroundings at the end of Church Lane Warblington. We have a wide range of different services including traditional and contemporary Communion, Breakfast Church with coffee and bacon rolls and Prayer Book Matins at Warblington. Each week we have a recorded service that can be accessed through our website and Facebook page. We also have a large number of home study groups where you can get to know others well in a less formal setting and study the bible together and see what it is saying to us today. Our prayer is that in joining our church community you may grow closer to God, find friendship and healing, and be strengthened to serve God in the world. Most of all we hope you will come along and find out in person what it means to be part of an “Ordinary People with an Extraordinary God”. We seek to be a community of people who, inspired by God, help to serve our local community and express the love that God has for all people. We aim to be a community that is welcoming, loving and faithful to God, which is all the more important in our current circumstances.
Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customer and client, and geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group.
We support clients in the community that need to find care - our service is free and with no obligation to them or their next of kin. We search for either care at home or a care or nursing home. This can be a short term and permanent arrangement.
Community First is a registered Charity that supports the voluntary and community sector in Havant Borough. We are passionately committed to creating a strong, influential and thriving voluntary and community sector because we know the difference it makes to people’s lives.
Department for Work and Pensions
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.
Solent Male Voice Choir
The Solent Male Voice Choir, founded in 1961, is a four-part all male choir. We currently have around 24 choir members and we sing for fun, singing in four to six concerts per year. New members and visiting choristers are always welcome to our practice evenings. We are not meeting at present but hope to do so soon.
Havant Borough Talking Newspaper
We were set up in 1993 as a registered charity whose aim is to bring the local news to blind and visually impaired adults in the Borough of Havant. Each fortnight our dedicated volunteers produce and dispatch 60 minutes of local news in audio-cassette or memory stick format as a completely free service to our listeners.
Havant Citizens Advice Bureau
We are here to help you find the information, advice and support you need to deal with your problems. We know that sometimes it is not easy to ask for help but whatever your circumstances we will not judge you, we will help you find a way forward.
Havant and Leigh Park Good Neighbours
The Good Neighbours Network is a group run by local people for local people all offering a helping hand to others in their community. The group provides both practical help, with tasks and emotional help though befriending schemes and an expanding range of social activities, from film club to bike club. It also offers much needed transport to medical appointments or a hand with the shopping.