Cost of living support and advice

Find a warm space this winter

Find friendly, warm spaces in your local community. Places where you can meet others, take part in activities, get a warm drink or meal, or spend some quiet time away from your home.

We’ve worked with Hive Portsmouth to put together a list and a map of welcoming spaces opening their doors to Portsmouth residents this winter. Everyone is welcome.

We will update the list and map regularly when we have news about venues or activities. Residents with no internet access can call the Hive Helpline on 023 9400 7124 for this information.


Did you know that all Portsmouth libraries are warm spaces too? You are welcome to spend time at any of our nine local libraries; To meet others, browse our books and magazines, use the computers and free Wi-Fi, or get help and advice. Find details of activities and opening times for our libraries.

If you’re feeling lonely and you’d like to get to a warm space or local library but don’t have the confidence to go on your own, our Community Connectors could help you take the first steps to getting out and about in your local community. Find out about our community connector service.



  • St John’s Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3HQ
  • Open Tuesday, 12pm for a lunchtime community meal.

Portsmouth museum and art gallery

  • Museum Rd, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ
  • Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

Salvation Army

  • The Haven, 17 Lake Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4HA
  • Cafe is open from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Craft and friendship group is every Thursday, 10am to 1pm.


Buckland United Reform Church

  • 174 Kingston Rd, Fratton, Portsmouth PO2 7LP
  • Low cost café. Open to all.
  • Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 3.30pm.


St Cuthbert’s Church

  • 2 Lichfield Road, Portsmouth PO3 6DE
  • Weekday mornings 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday


Cumberland House Natural History Museum

  • Eastern Parade, Southsea, PO4 9RF
  • Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Havelock Community Centre

  • 324 Fawcett Rd, Southsea, PO4 0LQ
  • Open to over 55’s only
  • Fresh coffee, tea, cake, cheese and biscuits, all free of charge.
  • Jigsaws, Rummikub and table games and free wifi
  • Mondays and Fridays 1pm to 3:30pm

St Margaret’s Church

  • Highland Road, Eastney, PO4 9DD
  • Tuesday afternoons from 4pm to 5:30pm and Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12pm.

Spark community space

  • Unit 12, The Pompey Centre, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 8SL
  • Pay what you can afford café. No obligation to buy anything.
  • Open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11am to 2pm


St Jude’s Church

  • Kent Road, Southsea, PO5 3EL
  • 10.00am to 12pm Monday to Friday.
  • Free tea and coffee for anyone who asks.


Cosham Baptist Church

  • 48 Havant Road, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 2QZ
  • Wednesday 10am to 2pm

Paulsgrove Community Centre

  • Marsden Rd, Portsmouth PO6 4JB
  • Cafe
  • Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm. Friday 9am to 4pm