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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 free of charge and don’t need any form of assessment.

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 Community Exercise Diary lists 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.

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 and want to learn basic cooking skills.

Carers cookery – The Carers Centre offers a full programme of fun cookery sessions to enable carers to make low-cost, healthy recipes whilst getting a break from caring responsibilities. This is the current brochure.

For more information on either of these courses contact Jayne Gentle – 023 9284 1762 /

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 /

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 /

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). This is for people over 60 and runners are DBS checked. Contact 023 9284 1762 /