July Information Update

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Information for voluntary and community sector

July 2017


Small grants that make a big difference

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Does your good cause, charity or social enterprise operate within Portsmouth city limits? Are you and your team working to shape our great waterfront city? If the answer to those two questions is 'yes' - apply today for a small grant from the Portsmouth Lottery.

You can apply for support for a whole range of projects - two recent recipients include Portsmouth Downs Syndrome Association who received a grant to fund fortnightly drama sessions for children with Downs Syndrome and their siblings and PARCS who received money to provide counselling sessions for male survivors.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13 July - so don't delay.

Find out more on the website.

The Portsmouth Lottery is a weekly online lottery, costing £1.00 per entry. Participants can win various cash prizes depending on the numbers they match. Winners can choose to donate their winnings to a local cause or to receive the prize themselves.

Currently the Portsmouth Lottery has 149 good causes registered. We're running a consultation to help us reach more people and ensure that people can access and play the Lottery in the way that suits them best. You can take part in the consultation here.

Information and Advice Strategy

The Care Act 2014 placed a duty on local authorities to make sure that people have the information and advice they need to make informed decisions about their care and support.

This includes people who wish to prevent their need for care and support later in life and people who arrange their care and support privately.

To achieve this, we have developed an Information and Advice Strategy. This sets out our vision for information and advice in the city and the approach we'll take to get there. The key part of our approach is to work with members of the public, people who use services and organisations across the community.

As part of this work we recently surveyed teams/venues who either order in leaflets from other organisations or distribute their own leaflets in the community. The survey looked at: 

  • the problems small organisations face in advertising their services
  • the impact organisations think it has on their ability to provide information and advice.

You can read the report on the results of the survey here.


Portsmouth City Council offer support services to organisations across the South Coast. These are services such as Human Resources, Payroll, Legal and many more.

All these provisions are provided by professional and experienced in-house teams, who have worked on managing multi-million pound projects through to supporting small boutique businesses at a competitively priced rate.

Whatever your organisation needs we're confident we'll have it covered, so please feel free to get in touch with our Business Engagement Team on 02392 834 736 or email toby.beale@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Promoting your Brand in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council provide advertising opportunities to local businesses across the city.  There are numerous ways we can help to promote your brand including print, outdoor advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Our various platforms offer advertisers a greater reach and higher penetration than any other service in the Portsmouth area.

We can help you reach your target audience across Portsmouth:

Over 200,000 Portsmouth residents and 90,000 homes

  • More than 6,500 city businesses
  • 8,500 Portsmouth City Council employees
  • Almost 20,000 students
  • 100,000 vehicles in and out of the city daily
  • Over 13 million annual visitors

For further information email the council's advertising team on advertising@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone 023 9283 4307.


Market Consultation: Provision of an Out of Hours Service for Adults, Children and Families

The Integrated Commissioning Service would like to advise you that a market consultation opportunity has been published on Intend for the provision of an Out of Hours Service for adults and children and families to provide a comprehensive social care telephone service and on call arrangements for face to face social work contact.

You can register on the Council’s procurement portal In-Tend via the Council's website through the following link:

As part of the registration you identify the types of services you would be interested in providing – the purpose of this is that when any department in the Council publishes a tender you will automatically receive an e-mail notifying you. If you need any assistance with registration please contact Corporate Procurement -

(023) 9283 4994 Procurement.Service@portsmouthcc.gov.uk


Annual return service for charities

A reminder from the Charity Commission to submit your annual return for 2016  

All charities have a legal responsibility to send an annual return to the Charity Commission. Failing to do so risks the public’s trust in your charity and its reputation.

If you haven’t filed your return for 2016 you have 10 months from the end of your charity’s financial year to do so. If you are experiencing difficulties logging into the system, it could be that the service is experiencing high demand at that time – try it again later.

What you need to submit depends on your annual income.

If your charity’s income is:

  • under £10,000, then you just need to submit your charity’s income and expenditure figures - the easiest way to do this is through the annual return service
  • between £10,001 and £25,000, you need to complete an annual return form
  • more than £25,001, you must submit an annual return form with a set of annual accounts as well as an independent examiners’ or audit report and a trustees’ annual report (TAR)

The Charity Commission's guide to the accounting essentials for charities will help you understand the type of accounts your charity has to prepare, and whether they need an audit or independent examination.

All Charitable Incorporated Organisation’s (CIO) need to submit an annual return and annual accounts. If your CIO has an income over £25,000 you also need to submit an independent examiners’ or audit report along with a trustees’ annual report.

Patient Survey - Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Public Health for Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council are inviting people to tell them about pharmacy services in their area. They want to find out more about local services you receive from pharmacies. Find out more information and complete the survey here.

Big Health Conversation

The first phase of the 'Your Big Health Conversation' process has been completed and analysis of the findings is now almost complete.

Altogether, almost 2,000 people from across the wider Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire areas took part in the process.

The initial stage of the ‘Big Conversation’ was intended to start a ‘plain English’ discussion about the extent of the challenges facing the NHS locally and to start gathering feedback as to how the health service could make positive changes. Broad questions were asked about a range of subjects from seven-day services to mental health care and easing pressure on GP's.

The initial results which focused mainly on the Portsmouth area specifically can be found here

A fuller analysis of the ‘free text’ responses is still being completed. 

A second phase of the 'Your Big Health Conversation' will begin in the summer.

The Community Connector Service are looking for volunteers for their drop-in!

The Community Connector Drop-in Lead role is based with the Independence and Wellbeing Team at Portsmouth City Council. 

The role involves leading on an information drop-in, which will offer information to members of the public about groups and activities happening in the Portsmouth area. 

The role will include the setup of the Community Connectors drop-in at one of the venues across the city. The drop-in is part of  the wider Community Connector Service which works with adults (18+) who are experiencing loneliness/social isolation and want to get out in the community to engage more, but lack the confidence to do so. 

Volunteers will be fully trained and supported in their role by a Community Connector member of staff.

If you would like any further information please call Julie Roberts on 023 92 841762 for an informal chat or email her on julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk



The next PowerPlus will take place on 11th July at Central Library. Come and find out what is happening in the city! Share your news and grow your contacts.

Book now here or contact Jacky by e-mail for more details jacky.charman@actionhants.org.uk



Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF)


We were pleased to hold our summer reception on 19th June at Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), a fantastic venue, attended by many of our 105 fundholders including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth. We administer the annual Lord Mayor’s appeal and work with the city council to distribute 250 emergency hardship payments during the winter months, a vital service for those most in need.

With over £3m of funds ring-fenced for the city, HIWCF has long been committed to supporting local groups to help improve the lives and opportunities for the people of Portsmouth, as well as providing access to wider funding opportunities. A new round of Portsmouth City Community Funds offering grants up to £5,000 will be opening on 3rd July, and we welcome applications. Click here for more details.

Covenant Fund News

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The Royal Maritime Club is no ordinary hotel!  

The club, known familiarly for over 160 years as the 'Home' Club, is an active charitable trust that owns its land and buildings. It also owns a trading company which runs the hotel building to generate surpluses for charitable activities. 

In 2016 the club received a substantial grant from the Government's Covenant Fund to refurbish part of the Club's lower ground floor. Work has included: 

  • a new Below Decks clubroom, decorated with a warship engine room theme; to provide flexible space for events, meetings, group therapy or break out groups.
  • new changing rooms for our small swimming pool, incorporating a specially equipped disabled changing room and a platform lift to the pool.
  • hydrotherapy equipment including a poolside hoist, underwater massage jets and exercise bars to complement the existing Jacuzzi.
  • a new Therapy Room, with comfy chairs for private chats and plenty of space for physical therapies.
  • a new platform lift from the Reception Hall to the Below Decks area. 

These, together with a refurbished Below Decks floor Reception foyer and the re-opened Studio gym (funded by the Club) form the Covenant Recreation, Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre which will better serve the Club's beneficiaries’ and members’ needs as well as augmenting the Club’s public facilities generally.  

The club is also home to Veterans Outreach Support, a charity which provides ex-servicemen and women with regular access to specialist help and counselling.

You can find out more about the Club and its charitable work here.

and more about Covenant Fund grants and how to apply here. 

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