Our Independence and Wellbeing services are here to help you look after yourself, both physically and mentally.

These services are available to anyone. Many are available free of charge and don't need any form of assessment.

Find out more in the expandable sections below.

Community Directory 

The Healthwatch Directory is an 'online phone book' of organisations that can provide information, advice, or practical help with almost any aspect of life.

Visit the Healthwatch Directory.

Services listed include:

  • Home care agencies and care homes in the area
  • Dentists, doctors, opticians and pharmacies in the area
  • Specialist health services
  • Carers services
  • Advocacy services
  • Safeguarding services, and support for survivors of abuse
  • Independent financial advice
  • Money, debt and legal advice
  • Organisations that support with employment, volunteering and training
  • Social and activity groups
  • Meals delivery services and lunch clubs
  • Support groups, counselling and mental wellbeing services
  • Charities for specific health conditions, such as dementia, cancer and stroke

Recommend to a Friend

To help you choose a Care Agency, Care Home, Dentist or GP Surgery, you can also see what others have said about the service.

If you'd like to share your experience of one of these services, fill in the short form at the bottom of the service's page.

Social Groups 

We support a range of social groups for people aged over 50 because we know how easy it is to lose touch with colleagues and friends over the years, and what a difference it makes to your independence and wellbeing when you enjoy your social life.

Our groups

These groups are supported by a facilitator from our Independence and Wellbeing Team. We can introduce you to the group and help you settle in. If you are interested in attending, please call 023 9284 1762.

The groups are based in Landport, Somerstown and Portsea. Activities are chosen by the group and often include guest speakers, quizzes and games, information on health and wellbeing services, raffles, bingo, trips out and plenty of fun, laughter and chats over a cup of tea.

There is a small weekly fee to cover the group's room and refreshment costs.

Independent groups

These groups run independently. If you're interested in attending, contact the group directly.

The team set up a range of social groups across the city, which now run independently. They include craft groups, New Age Kurling, and friendly get-togethers over a cup of tea. For information about the groups search "GP social groups" on the Healthwatch directory.

Staying active and eating well

Healthy walks

Our Healthy Walks programme is a great way to stay active and make new friends at the same time. Our volunteers lead a range of walk routes and distances catering for all abilities.

For more information visit our walks in Portsmouth page.

There is no charge to come along, and you can even earn rewards as you make your way to 100 walks. We recently celebrated with over 100 walkers who had all achieved over 100 walks with afternoon tea on board HMS Warrior!

If you'd like more information, contact Paula on 023 9284 1379.

Exercise Diary

Do you want to feel fitter, manage your weight or improve your balance, but feel like a gym or fitness class isn't for you?

Our Exercise Diary lists over twenty gentle exercise classes for you to choose from. They are mainly daytime classes, all held at community centres and halls rather than gyms, and everyone's welcome.

Activities include:

  • Tai Chi. Gentle movements that focus on balance and breathing. These classes can be calming as well as improving your mobility
  • Chair Exercise. A gentle exercise class from your chair. These classes can improve your mobility without the risk of falling
  • Stretch and Tone. Movements to improve your strength and mobility. These classes are for the slightly more able, but shouldn't get you out of breath

Contact details for each group are given in the Community Exercise Diary in the documents section below.

Meals on Wheels

Our Meals on Wheels service delivers a hot meal to you in the comfort of your home every lunch time. If you prefer, we can deliver the week's meals frozen, for you to heat up yourself.

We deliver seven days a week, every day of the year, so you can enjoy our meals every day, or just the days you choose.

Our balanced menu includes the choice of four different meals, including a vegetarian option, and two deserts. We can provide Kosher and Halal meals, as well as catering for special diets and diabetes.

Get peckish in the evening? We can also deliver an 'evening tea' at the same time as your lunch.

For more information, including prices call Christa on 023 9268 8390. You can also apply for Meals on Wheels online.

Cookery courses

Two cookery courses are currently available for different groups:

Chop Cook Chat - a social cookery course for men aged 50 or above who have had a change in circumstance e.g. bereavement, becoming a carer.

Carers cookery - The Carers Centre offer a full programme of fun cookery sessions to enable carers to make low-cost, healthy recipes whilst getting a break from caring responsibilities. See the documents section for the current brochure. 

For more information on either of these courses contact Jayne Gentle - 023 9284 1762 / jayne.gentle@portsmouthcc.gov.uk 

Telecare Personal Alarms

Telecare is our personal alarm service. You might have heard of this service as an 'emergency button' or 'lifeline'.

With Telecare you'll have peace of mind and the confidence to live independently, knowing that help will be there if you need it, day or night.

For much more information, please visit our Telecare page.

Sensory Service

Our specialist sensory service offers free advice and support for everything to do with your sight or hearing.

  • Do you find it difficult reading small print, or handling fiddly medication?
  • Do your family or neighbours say you have the TV on too loud?
  • Does it take you a while to notice your alarm clock, doorbell, or smoke alarm?

We can help you find solutions by:

  • Putting you in touch with other services and groups
  • Sharing tips and techniques
  • Advising on suitable equipment, such as magnifiers or vibrating alarms

Contact us through the Adult Social Care Helpdesk on 023 9268 0810, using SMS Text on 07956 535 228 or email sensoryservice@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Sensory Equipment Shop

The Sensory Equipment Shop is based in the Central Library, and sells a variety of different aids to help you with everyday tasks.

Visits are by appointment only, so that our specialist advisor can demonstrate the equipment available and help you find the right solution for you. Call 023 9282 9923 to make an appointment.

Alternative formats

The council can provide large print, Braille, audio, or translated versions of any of the information or correspondence we send. Call 023 9268 8317 or email involvedsocialcare@portsmouthcc.gov.uk to request Adult Social Care information in your preferred format.

Occupational therapy and mobility equipment

Our Occupational Therapy service works with you to find practical solutions to situations in everyday life that you're finding difficult. This can include anything from using the bathroom, to getting up and down your stairs, or preventing falls at home.

We work with people whose difficulties are temporary or long-term and could be caused by:

  • A disability or health condition, such as arthritis, MS or dementia
  • An accident such as a fracture or head injury
  • A need to recover and rehabilitate after a stroke, or hospital treatment
  • A loss of mobility in older age
  • A mental health condition
  • A learning disability or difficulty
  • An addiction

We use a range of solutions and techniques, tailored to your situation and your lifestyle. For example, the loan of equipment, making adaptations to your home, using coping strategies, ways of reducing your risk of falls, rehabilitation programs and advice on rehousing.

The assessment is a free service, and equipment can be loaned free of charge. Adaptations to your home can often be funded, or part-funded, through a Disabled Facilities Grant.

If you prefer to purchase equipment privately, we can advise you on how to choose equipment that is appropriate and safe.

For more information or to request an assessment, call the Adult Social Care Helpdesk on 023 9268 0810.

Help from community groups 

There are groups of volunteers in Portsmouth who can visit older people for a cup of tea and a chat, help with tasks around the home, or run errands.

Good Neighbours Scheme via the Salvation Army - a befriending and support service for vulnerable adults. They offer befriending via a regular call or visit and a Home Shopper Service for older people who can't go out. Contact 02392 890958 / goodneighbours@havensalvationarmy.org.uk

Christ Church Portsdown Good Neighbours - a group of volunteers who can help people in the Cosham area with things like hospital or social transport, prescription collection, visiting, pet care and minor DIY. Contact 07842 367490 / good.neighbours@christchurchportsdown.org.

St Cuthbert's Helping Hands - the same service as the Christ Church Portsdown Good Neighbours but operating in the Copnor area. Contact 07751 293296.

GoodGym Portsmouth - runners who can visit isolated older people for a chat or help an older person with one-off household tasks (for example: gardening, moving furniture or changing lightbulbs). Contact 02034 323920 / tasks@goodgym.org.

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