‘Comfort and Joy’ sharing some love at Christmas

Over 20 years ago, at a Portsmouth Housing Association meeting, two people chatted at the coffee break. That short conversation led to the development of Churches Homeless Action, a voluntary group of homelessness organisations and Churches that works to ensure that homelessness issues are kept on the churches’ agenda in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, and […]

Kings at the Queens

The Kings Theatre and The Queens Hotel are joining forces for a special Christmas cabaret in the Winter Lodge in aid of Spark Community Space on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm. The evening will be compered by Pompey Panto favourite Jack Edwards with performances from cast members of Hook, this year’s panto, including Shaun Williamson, […]

Shaping Portsmouth Is Disability Confident

Shaping Portsmouth are delighted to have signed up to be a Disability Confident committed organisation. Similar to our work on the Armed Forces Covenant and the Care Leavers Covenant, we are committed to showing our Patrons and Partners, as well as all Portsmouth Businesses the benefits of employing people with Disabilities. Nothing demonstrates this more, […]

Get your boxes ready! The Reverse Advent Calendar is back for 2023

December is not far away and in homes across the country, cardboard doors on advent calendars will soon be opened in the traditional countdown to Christmas. There are advent calendars for everything you can think of these days, not just your standard Christmas picture or chocolate, advent calendars now have gin, beer, make-up, socks, toiletries […]

Portsmouth Ambassadors welcome new Programme Lead

Terence Carvalho has stepped up as the new Programme Lead for Portsmouth Ambassadors. Portsmouth born and bred, Terence is a huge advocate for his city. He has served as an active Portsmouth Ambassador for many years, is on the board trustee for The Literacy Hubs in Portsmouth, and managed a COVID-19 Test Centre during the […]

Shaping Portsmouth CEO to retire in the New Year

Shaping Portsmouth Chief Executive Officer Stef Nienaltowski has announced that he will be retiring in the new year. Since taking over in January 2017, Stef has transformed the not-for-profit organisation with its mission to create partnerships and lead programmes which make Portsmouth Britain’s premier waterfront city in which to invest, live, learn, work and visit. […]

The Square Kitchen Café reopens – A hidden gem in the heart of the city

At 10am, on Monday 4th September, a much-loved city centre café fully reopened its doors for the first time since the pandemic.The Square Kitchen Café at Portsmouth Guildhall will be open to all from 10am – 3pm, Monday – Friday serving fresh, quality food at great prices with a 20% discount available for Portsmouth City […]

Temporary closure of Victoria Park

Portsmouth’s historic city centre park is to be closed for two weeks as work continues to restore and revitalise it. Victoria Park will be shut from Monday 11 September, to ensure people’s safety during restoration work involving heavy machinery. Portsmouth City Council plans to reopen it on Monday 25 September. The work is part of […]

Take the bus for FREE on ALL weekends in September ’23

Anyone starting their bus journey in Portsmouth will be able to travel by bus for free on every weekend in September. As part of its Bus Service Improvement Plan, designed to improve bus services in the city, Portsmouth City Council has collaborated with local bus companies First Solent and Stagecoach to offer free travel on […]

Portsmouth team leader shortlisted in Social Worker of the Year Awards

A team leader who works in children’s social care has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition for their exceptional practice. Nirvana Curley, a team leader in the adolescent service at Portsmouth City Council has been selected as a finalist in the team leader category at the Social Worker of the Year Awards. Nirvana […]