Networking Event To Raise Awareness of Homeless in Portsmouth

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This Saturday 23 January, Portsmouth Cathedral will hold a networking and information sharing event called, ‘Reaching the Margins’. The event, which is open to the public, will feature thirteen organisations actively engaged in the Portsmouth area in working with homeless and those at risk of being homeless members of the community. This networking opportunity is designed to support and encourage all those actively working with the homeless, as well as to provide information and resources.

Two key note speakers will provide their insights into the current state of homelessness and community actions to support homeless and those at risk of being homeless people and families in the community. Event speaker Carole Damper, the CEO of The Roberts Centre, works with homeless and at risk families in the Portsmouth community. Speaking about The Roberts Centre, Carole said, “The Roberts Centre began twenty eight years ago because a small group of kind and caring people in Portsmouth recognised the needs of the large number of homeless families in Portsmouth. They did not stop to ask if the people were to blame for being homeless, their first and abiding response was ‘what can we do to help’ and concern for the children who were suffering from their families plight.”
Also speaking at the event will be Elaine Bastible from Housing Options with Portsmouth City Council who will discuss the current homeless situation in Portsmouth.

The event begins at 10.00am and will be held in the nave of the cathedral. Throughout the morning refreshments will be available.


First Award Made For Student Entrepreneur of the Year

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The Unloc Enterprise Academy at Portsmouth College has just awarded its first Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award as a result of the college’s big push to promote enterprise and business.

The award was presented to the winner, Rosie Newton of Roses Bakery, at the Portsmouth College Annual Awards Evening by Rachel Lowe, creator of the Destination Board, Unloc director Ben Dowling and the college principal Steve Frampton.

Rosie is a 19-year old outgoing student from Portsmouth College who has founded her own vegan baking business, providing healthy and animal-free products to consumers across Portsmouth and beyond. Roses Bakery is now the main cake stockist for Pie and Vinyl and continues to grow month on month.

The award was selected by the Unloc Enterprise Academy team and awarded by Portsmouth College to recognise their students contribution to business and enterprise.

Rosie Newton said “I was delighted to win the award and it just shows how far Roses Bakery has come. I couldn’t be happier!”.

Steve Frampton, Principal of Portsmouth College said “We are delighted to be acknowledging hard working young people who have gone the extra mile. We hope this Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the first of many to come.”

Ben Dowling, Director of Unloc said “We are delighted for Rosie and we will continue to support her on her pathway to success.”


Ruth Whitely from The Apprentice Visits College Enterprise Academy

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Ruth-300x200The Unloc team recently welcomed Ruth Whiteley (who starred as a contestant on the most recent series of The Apprentice) to Portsmouth College for a fun and interactive workshop with our Enterprise Academy students.

Ruth gave the students some insight into what it was really like taking part in The Apprentice’ process having been ‘fired’ in Week 4 of the show as well as some of her top tips for success in life. Ruth then went on to issue a special enterprise challenge to the students – giving them 15 minutes to develop an entrepreneurial solution to any problem they face in the college environment.

Students came up with some incredibly innovative ideas including the ‘DIY Deli Bar’ and a student-led revision app. The two winning teams are due to be invited for a special working-lunch to further develop their ideas to make them a reality.

Ruth commented “It’s been fabulous being here with the students. They’ve shown serious commitment to the idea of enterprise and it’s really positive to see the college’s commitment as well.”

Portsmouth College Student Lewis Hayes added “It was really good to hear directly from Ruth about her experiences both on The Apprentice and in her business life. I’m looking forward to how we move forward with the different ideas we came up with.”


Portsmouth's Future in Mind

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A review is underway into mental health provision for children and young people in Portsmouth.

The GP-led NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group and Portsmouth City council are assessing the services and support available and how they might be improved. £2m worth of funding has been secured for the city over the next 5 years to transform the service and plans will be developed over the next six months in consultation with children, young people parents and carers.

The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people are of crucial importance as it can have such an impact on later life with research indicating that half of lifetime mental health problems starting before the age of 14.

Draft transformation plans have been developed and are available on the Portsmouth CCG website - including suggestions around self-harm, peer support and eating disorders. There are online surveys on the site too where you can register your views.

Visit and search search 'future in mind', or email your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Feeding 5000 Thank You Party+Food Partnership next steps!

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The Portsmouth Food Partnership would like to cordially invite you to the F5K Portsmouth Thank You tea party on Monday 18th January at Lily and Lime, Central Library Café, 4 – 5.30pm

This will be an opportunity to say thank you to all who supported this great event, hear about the impact, see some great photos from the event, and network with all who were involved. It will also be an opportunity to discover how you can support the Portsmouth Food Partnership in its next step to achieve Good Food for all in Portsmouth. They’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the following areas, so please have a think beforehand:

  • Food and Health Inequalities
  • Green and Urban Spaces for Growing Food
  • Food Industries and Business
  • Research and Funding

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 02392 892 022 so they know numbers for catering.

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