Cost of living support and advice

On this page, you will find information about community support and how you can get involved in supporting others during the cost of living crisis.

Ways to support residents in Portsmouth

Whether you want to volunteer or donate, there are a number of different ways you can help others in the cost of living crisis.

Offer a warm, welcoming space

If you run a free community group in Portsmouth or have a venue that could be offered as a free, welcoming space, please send details to info@hiveportsmouth.org.uk or call 023 9400 7124.

Donate

With Thankful Hearts

The citywide campaign With Thankful Hearts is calling on Portsmouth people to support a local food bank or community pantry with donations or other help, ideally by ‘adopting’ a local provider for a year.

Donate to food banks

Food banks will be happy to accept donations of food or money. Every donation makes a difference.

Donate to the Baby Basics bank

The Baby Basics bank can provide items for babies, including clothes, prams, cots and baths. They accept donations of old goods, or you can buy and send items directly to the bank.

Donate to the Landport Larder

The Landport Larder is a food membership scheme which offers some free items (including bread and vegetables). They accept any food donations you may have. They particularly need staple goods such as rice, pasta and food tins.

Donate to the Stroke Association

The Stroke Association have requested supermarket vouchers or help towards heating costs for the people they support. This helps stroke survivors to free up money for other essentials, and can make a huge difference to those struggling.

Donate to the HIVE school uniform share store

The Uniform Share Store helps families across the city by getting children and young people kitted out in their school uniform. It’s great for the environment and the pocket.

As well as school uniform, the store is accepting World Book Day outfits and donations can be dropped off at the HIVE desk in Central library.

Volunteer

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can view a full list of volunteering opportunities on HIVE Portsmouth. This includes roles that support fundraising and the delivery of food to food banks.

Are you a Portsmouth-based voluntary organisation? Would you like to become a stakeholder for our cost of living campaign and help us ensure that Portsmouth residents have the most comprehensive advice? If so, please email costoflivinghub@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Information and resources to support those working with people in Portsmouth

If you work with people in the city either as part of your job or as a volunteer, you’ll know all too well that things are tough for people right now. You may notice when someone is struggling and want to do something to help.

You can help by telling people that support is available if they are struggling, and that they are not alone.

Encourage them to use the information on the cost of living help hub to find support, or give them the cost of living helpline number if they are not confident online or their problems are complicated.

If you have time, you can use the cost of living checklist to help them make sure they are maximising their income, and getting help with things like bills, food, and debt.

There is a quick guide on how to signpost people to support and a longer guide that includes tips on how to raise the subject of the cost of living with someone you are working with, based on the approach taken by public health professionals around healthy conversations.