Portsmouth Carers Voice

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The Portsmouth Carers Voice/PCV (which started late 2011 under the name Carers Council) is made up from Portsmouth people who are all carers, working as the ‘Voice of the Carer’, with an understanding of the real issues because of their experience in a caring role.

There are many issues affecting all types of carers but the PCV responds to trends, not single issues, and feed them into the Carers Executive Board which comprises senior staff who can make a difference, drawn from Portsmouth City Council (PCC), the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth Hospital Trusts/PHT (QA hospital) plus senior staff from the Carers Centre, Adult Mental Health and the Integrated Commissioning Unit as well as PCV members.

The PCV then feeds back the findings to carers as well as monitoring the progress or otherwise of these trends for as long as necessary. There have been some good successes in the past but, to continue the success and make it stronger, the PCV need more carers to participate and inform of any issues that affect them and/or those they care for.

The PCV will be resuming regular forum meetings, the first in May (further details to follow), where carers are invited along to talk openly about issues that concern them, plus invited guests drawn from those that provide the services.

For more information please contact Jacky Charman on 02392 822 795 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Winner announced at PETA Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016

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Bethany Stephens webLocal Apprentices along with their employers, friends and families attended the PETA Apprentice of the Year Awards in North Harbour to see who would be crowned victorious in 2016 by The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.

Congratulations to Bethany Stephens, Apprentice of the Year 2016, chosen from over 350 Apprentices. Bethany works at SmartLouvre Technology Ltd and trained at PETA’s Business Training Centre in Arundel Street.
SmartLouvre Technology Ltd is a totally unique Solar Shading and Screening specialist with a product that has been established as a world-leading Solar Shading and Screening system, provide ng cost-effective solutions throughout the UK and all over the world.

“My Apprenticeship has brought about a lot of personal growth and development. It has made me have a sense of self worth that I had never previously had, making me realise I have a lot to offer,” said Bethany. “It has given me a sense of accomplishment and has driven me to be much more confident… my ambitions have blossomed so much, I would like to develop into a Managing Director.“

“I believe others could look at my Apprenticeship and realise that Apprenticeships are a real opportunity to develop and grow as an individual. It gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the working world whilst still having the support of a training organisation to help you along the way,” she added.

PETA Training and Consultancy Services are based in North Harbour, Portsmouth’s business hub, and run the annual Awards to celebrate the achievements of young people who have shown exceptional determination and achievement over the year. PETA, a not-for-profit-organisation aims to make sure that the young peoples’ hard work and determination to be the next business leaders is celebrated.

Nominees are chosen by their trainers and assessors at PETA who offer Apprenticeships across the Engineering, Business and ICT sectors.

PETA Apprenticeships Manager Gavin Smith announced the winner as The Lord Mayor presented the awards.

Also highly commended were;

Ross Reardon, Gemalto (Best in ICT Category)
Charles Stoodley, Solent University
Connor McGiffen, Carrera UK
Harry Caple, Maincoms Ltd

Alexa Brunnock, SMR Automotive Mirrors UK Ltd (Best in Engineering Category)
Christopher Bond, Power Technique Ltd
Culann O'Neill, Innova Design & Build
Euan Ford, Machine Tool & Engineering Services

Bethany Stephens, SmartLouvre Technology Ltd (Best in Business Category and Overall Winner)
Amy Haviland, Coopers Fire Ltd
Courtney Dowling, Inchcape Fleet Solutions
Elyssia Taylor, Drayton Medical Services
Emily Smith, Town & Country Covers
Erin Higgins, CTS Europe
Erin Lawrence, Andrew & Andrew Solicitors Ltd
Harriet Currie, Laleham Health and Beauty
Holly Huggins, Laleham Health and Beauty
Lauren Wright, Drayton Medical Services
Sophie Palmer, Transactor Global Solutions Ltd


Dragonboat racing returns to Lakeside

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On Sunday 15 May 2016, Portsmouth & Southsea and Southsea Castle Rotary Clubs are holding a charity Dragonboat Race at the Lakeside North Harbour campus. The event has been run annually for 12 years, and raises thousands of pounds for various different charities. This year the organisers are looking to build on the success of previous years, and make it an even bigger Festival.

If you have not been to a Dragon Boat Event before, it has become a popular sport throughout the world that is great fun for both participants and spectators. It is perfect for companies to fundraise for a charity of their choice, and for charities to take part by coming along for the weekend to promote their charity, and even enter a team!

The organisers are looking for charities to come along and promote themselves. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the work being done by charities in the area. Charities taking part are encouraged to provide an activity such as "hook a fish" or "guess the weight". Participating charities are welcome to have collecting buckets in their area, but are asked to refrain from shaking them, or roving the area with them. There is a provisional charge of £30, and a tent will be provided, and any charities entering will need to supply a risk assessment form and a copy of your current public liability insurance in advance by the end of April.

Any charities or companies wanting to enter a boat for the race should contact Jerry Wilson of Southsea Castle Rotary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and further details can be found on our website


The 'Wavemakers' Volunteer Programme ready to fly with Airbus

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The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth is proud to have secured one of the City's largest private sector employers as sponsor for the Wavemakers volunteer programme.

As a result the organisers are pleased to announce the application process for this year's volunteer programme 'The Wavemakers, presented by Airbus' officially open.

The team organising the Portsmouth event are looking to secure 250 volunteers. Mike Healy, Portsmouth Site Director from Airbus, the Official Volunteer Partner, accompanied 10 Wavemakers to Southsea Castle to officially mark the opening of the 2016 application process.

Mike Healy, said: "Our Portsmouth base has been key in our development over 60 years to becoming the world's second largest space company employing more than 1000 people at our Portsmouth site. We are therefore proud to sponsor the 'Wavemakers' Volunteer programme at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series 2016 in our home town of Portsmouth. We are keen to support our local community, demonstrate our commitment to the area and connect our people and highly innovative technology to this exceptional event."

The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth is all about high adrenaline, fast paced action on the water, as the best sailors in the world compete on 'flying' boats that reach speeds of over 40mph, just metres away from the spectators on shore. Last year close to a quarter of a million people visited Portsmouth to watch the action with British heroes Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing taking the win on home waters. The Wavemakers volunteers were integral to the success of the event, helping to make the spectator experience fun, engaging and enjoyable. The Wavemakers are more than the face of the event, they are the local ambassadors, they inspire visitors to the City and educate them about everything the America's Cup has to offer. Each and every volunteer is proud and passionate about their City, giving visitors a warm welcome and assistance to enjoy the event to maximum effect.

Event Director Leslie Greenhalgh added; "The ''Wavemaker Volunteers were a huge success story from last year's event. Their unfailing cheerfulness and enthusiasm gave the event real character. This dedicated team of trained volunteers contributed hugely to our ability to stage this spectacular event. We are delighted to have such an important local company as Airbus on board helping us support over 250 Wavemaker volunteers before and during the event."

To prepare for the event, Volunteer training days will be designed and again be delivered pre-event by HTP Training, the Official Customer Services Training Provider to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth. HTP Training is one of the leading work-based training providers in the country, specialising in working with business leaders from a wide range of sectors to develop staff, achieve business goals and access Government funding. HTP Training also offers a full range of vocational training programmes and intensive courses.

For more info on how to become an official 'Wavemaker' visit

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