It's easier than ever to find free activities, clubs, sports and events in Portsmouth now thanks to Portsmouth City Council's new Play Youth Community website 'PYC'.
Launched Monday 22nd July 2019, PYC brings together all the various offerings from play services, youth clubs and community centres from across Portsmouth and the surrounding area.
It's a one stop shop for free activities and fun for all ages. Whether you want to try new arts and crafts, yoga, cookery, sports, try your hand at recording an album, or simply make some new friends, PYC has something for everyone.
The site was developed by multiple council services working in partnership to provide residents with an accessible way to find activities of interest in their local area. PYC also provides them with an oversight of the wider offer across the city and beyond.
For children there's a summer challenge from the authority's Play Service. All they have to do is pick up a free Play Passport from one of our six adventure playgrounds, and then collect the symbol marks - one located at each playground.
The playground symbols have been designed by local children themselves, everyone's imagination counts with Portsmouth Adventure Play!
There are Play Festivals throughout the summer holidays, and no two playgrounds are the same, with some boasting unique facilities like splash pools, games areas, wood workshops and a tree house. Every site has a huge climbing structure designed to challenge, delight and inspire.
All that running around can make for hungry little ones, but never fear as during the holidays the playgrounds host their Holiday Food and Fun programme, which means there are free tasty snacks and food available on site too.
For teenagers the city's range of Youth services has a multitude of activities on offer, from pool, sports, computers and film nights, to day trips, discos and a fully fitted recording studio.
It's a safe environment for young people to come together and build their confidence, make new friends and try new things. There are also youth services and health support available on all manner of topics which can worry young people in their teens.
For older people there's a wealth of community groups, clubs and events for them to engage and join in with. Whether you want to try Yoga or Pilates, join a book club, try crotchet, crafts or cookery, or join a mother and baby group, it's a great way to get out the house, meet new people and try new things.
Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council, and Culture and City Development Cabinet Member Cllr Steve Pitt said: "Portsmouth has such a wide range of cultural activities and venues that as a resident it can be difficult to keep track of all that's going on. Through PYC we hope to provide residents with an easy to use portal which allows them to find things of interest in their local area.
It's yet another string to Portsmouth's cultural bow and I encourage everyone to visit the site and find out what's available."
Cabinet Member for Housing, Neighbourhoods and Building Services, Cllr Darren Sanders said: "PYC is a great way of bringing communities together and building friendships through common interests and activities. According to the British Red Cross over 9 million people, almost a fifth of the UK population, say they are often or always lonely, whilst almost two thirds feel uncomfortable admitting to it.
We want our residents to know there is a world out there for them, with new challenges and things to enjoy, and new people to get to know. Whether a couple of roads away or further afield, there's something for everyone to get involved in, no matter your age or ability."
To find out what PYC can offer you simply visit www.pycportsmouth.co.uk