The contract for delivering local voluntary and community infrastructure support across Portsmouth (delivered by Action Portsmouth) finished at the end of March 2018.

Over the past few months the voluntary and statutory sectors in the city have come together through Project Bridge to discuss a number of new ideas and an approach to a new way of working.

To allow the time needed to explore some of these ideas and develop new initiatives it has been decided that the voluntary and community sector infrastructure contract will not be put out to tender for the time being and instead, for the six months, the infrastructure support service for the voluntary and community sector city will be  managed by Portsmouth City Council. This will give the space needed for the council and the voluntary and community sector to develop Project Bridge and it will also allow Portsmouth City Council time to look at some of the challenges and issues around local voluntary and community infrastructure support and consider the best way forward to continue supporting the sector in the city.

The transition period will be for six months and it will run between the April 1 and September 30 2018; during this time voluntary community and social enterprise organisations in the city will continue to be supported and helped to grow and thrive. Support for local charities and small community groups will be provided alongside Portsmouth Together at Portsmouth’s Central Library and we'll also be providing the following:

  • Online information and advice for a range of key voluntary and community sector subjects
  • Regular news update covering news and developments across the sector
  • Continued administration support for the networks and the forums that are currently supported
  • Voluntary and community networking events

For more information about how we are supporting the sector and how you can access this support please contact voluntary.sector@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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