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This information is provided by individual group leaders.

Last updated: October 2021

by Portsmouth Carers Centre

117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD

Telephone: 023 9285 1864

E-mail carerscentre@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Helplines and support lines

ServiceOpening times and contact informationFurther information
Carers UK HelplineMonday to Friday

9am - 6pm

0808 808 7777

Providing information and guidance to unpaid carers.
Carers Active Listening LineMonday to Friday

10am - 8pm

Bank Holidays and Weekends 10am - 4pm

0800 032 3456

For carers within the Hampshire boundaries who can phone and speak to someone in confidence about any caring issues they may have.
Contact A FamilyMonday to Friday

9.30am - 5pm

0808 808 3555

For parents and carers in any part of the UK with a disabled child aged from birth to 25.

Your child can have any kind of disability or additional need, and you do not need to have a diagnosis.

Marie Curie Support line

Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm

Saturday 11am - 5pm

Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm

0800 090 2309

For people living with a terminal illness or caring for someone, we're here with practical and clinical information, and emotional support.

For family and friends too – no one is turned away, so please don't hesitate to call.

Alzheimer's Society - Dementia Connect Support Line

Monday to Wednesday 9am - 8pm

Thursday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturday to Sunday 10am - 4pm

0333 150 3456

Information, advice and support through listening, guidance and appropriate guidance to anyone affected by dementia.
SamaritansOpen 24 hours a day

116 123

Helpline offering emotional support and a listening ear 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Parkinson's UK Helpline

Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm

0808 800 0303

Free confidential service providing support to anyone affected by Parkinson's. They can also put you in touch with a Parkinson's local adviser if you need more local or in-depth support.
The HarbourFriday to Sunday 4.30pm – 11pm

07418 364911

An informal, non-judgemental, out-of-hours mental health service for anyone over the age of 18 in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and East Hampshire, who needs short-term support in times of great difficulty or is struggling with poor mental health.

Support groups information

General carers groups

Support groupWho, when and where?Contact and further information
Macdonald Watson Carers Support GroupWho is it for: Any carer over the age of 18 years old

When: 1pm-3pm; 2nd Wednesday of each month

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre,117 Orchard Road, Southsea,PO4 0AD

Contact Carolyn, Linda or Teresa

Carolyn: 07851 227604, carolyntomlin@hotmail.com

Linda: 023 9273 7632, lindastanley@live.co.uk

Teresa: 023 9275 3398.

Further information: New Carers please either phone or email first. Meetings consist of variety of activities, speakers and outings.

Stamshaw Carers GroupWho is it for: Any carers for any condition

When: 10am-12pm, 1st Monday of every month

Where: Stamshaw & Tipner Community Centre, Wilson Road, PO2 8LE

Contact: email stamshawcarers@outlook.com

Further information: General group for carers, especially those living in Stamshaw and Tipner area

Friendly Compass Carers Group

Who: Any carers for any condition.

When: 11.30am, 3rd Thursday of the month.

Where: Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD.

Contact: email thelmaturnerhill@hotmail.com

Further information: General social group for carers, respite trips together at least once a month, a whole range of visits and activities

Drayton & Farlington Carers GroupWho is it for: Carers who live the Drayton and Farlington area

When: 2pm-4pm, 2nd Thursday of every month

Where: Drayton Institute (Lower Hall), Havant Road, Drayton

General group for carers in the north of the city

Please leave Margaret a voicemail on 02392 374643 and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

Long term conditions

Support GroupWho, when and where?Contact and further information
Portsdown Stroke Support GroupWho is it for: For Stroke Survivors and Carers to meet each other

Two new support groups will be starting soon
Contact:

Call 07712326997 for further information

Working Age Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS)Who is it for: Individuals with MS, and their family and carers

When: 7pm-9pm, 1st Wednesday of the month

Where: Waterlooville Community Association
Contact: Marin long

tel: 07591822033

email: workingagems@yahoo.co.uk

Further information: Information group for the carer and cared for, anyone can drop in at our meetings. We welcome people with other illnesses/disabilities if they require information regarding employment, social care, benefits etc.
Portsmouth & Gosport/ Fareham men's support groupWho is it for: Working age men who care for someone with MS

When: monthly on Wednesdays

Where: The Titchfield Mill, Titchfield, PO15 5RF

Contact: Caroline Birch

tel: 01590 623933

email: carolinebirch@clara.co.uk

Further information: Group meets to discuss ideas, problems and share information with others in a similar situation. We also have a meal together.

MS Society- Portsmouth and District BranchWho is it for: Friends, family and anyone affected by MS

When: 10am-12pm, Wednesdays mid-month (dates vary, so contact group)

Contact: Call 023 92696 559

Email: Portsmouth@mssociety.org.uk

Further information: Our aim is to assist people to cope with MS by giving mutual support, information and advice.

Visit

www.facebook.com/PortsmouthAndDistrictMultipleSclerosisBranch

Headway Portsmouth and South East HampshireWho is it for: Carers looking after someone with a brain injury

When: Thursday Morning 9.30-12.30 (respite placements available)

Where: Mountbatten centre

Contact:

Headway info@headwayportsmouth.co.uk

Further information: Sessions to gain support from each other and the staff. Occasionally guest speakers are arranged and we always engage in lots of laughter but can share serious things!

Visit:

www.headwayportsmouth.co.uk/family-members

www.facebook.com/HeadwayPortsmouthandSEHants

Brain Tumour Portsmouth Support GroupWho is it for: Anyone affected in any way by a brain tumour. diagnosis

Currently running online support groups, times vary
Contact: 07711 597166

Further information: The group is relaxed and friendly, a mixture of chat, speakers and sharing of information and experience.

Solent Pituitary groupWho is it for: New patients & their partners, family or friends

When: Quarterly meetings details online

Where: Garden Room at Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street, Cosham, PO6 3AP

Contact and further information: Call Gail and Pam on 01428 651526 / 07525 041947

Website: https://pituitary.org.uk/support-for-you/support-in-your-area/south-and-south-east-england/solent-iow/

Working Age Parkinson’s Support Group PortsmouthWho is it for: Individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their carers

When: Weekly on Friday at 10.30am- 12pm

Where: Mountbatten Leisure Centre

Contact: Mike Hampson for more details on 02392 613614 or 07500 089000

email: mwhampson1@gmail.com

Further information: An active Sociable group with members up to age 80. Friday meeting for a coffee and a chat with subsidised access to the gym with a dedicated Parkinsons aware trainer.

Website: http://wapp-portsmouth.com/

Parkinson’s UK Portsmouth BranchWho is it for: Individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their carers

When: 10am-12pm, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month

Where: Cosham Community Centre

Contact: Ruth Dannatt

023 9247 2323

mick.dannatt@btinternet.com

For further information visit

www.parkinsons.org.uk/local-support-groups/regions/south-england/portsmouth-branch

MNDA The Portsmouth and SE Hants GroupWho is it for: Monthly coffee morning for MND Carers

When: 10.30am - 12.15pm second Friday of every month

Where: Living Well Centre, Purbrook Heath Road, Waterlooville PO7 5RU

Contact: Dawn on 01604 800 635 or dawn.pond@mndassociation.org

Dawn also runs a virtual online MND Hampshire carers group for those carers that cannot get out. This takes place on the Fourth Thursday of each month 14:00pm – 15:00pm

Facebook page

Macmillan carers groupWho is it for: Support group for carers looking after someone with cancer

When: 10:30AM - 12:00PM, 3rd Wednesday of the month:

Where: Macmillan Information and Support Centre, Level B, QA Hospital

Contact: email macmillan@porthosp.nhs.uk or call 02392283324

Further information: Drop in or contact Macmillan beforehand, so they know to expect you.

Group aims for carers to be able to talk openly and honestly with other carers, listen to other carers, share experiences and get support Talk about your feelings, be with others in similar situations so you feel and know that you are not alone.

Group for Portsmouth and Hampshire carers.

Different Strokes

Who is it for: Younger, and younger minded, stroke survivors and carers.

• Social Evenings

When: Mondays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: The Golden Hind, 384 Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9QA

• Wheels for All - Using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.

When: Tuesday - 9.15am to 3.30pm & Thursday 9.15am to 3.30pm

Where: The Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park.

• Swimming

When: Tuesday - 11.00 am to 12.00 mid-day.

Where: The Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park.

• Seated Chair Exercises

When: Wednesday - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: The Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park.

• Drop in Stroke Club (DISC) - DISC is a drop in service that aims to offer somewhere for stroke survivors to meet up in a relaxed atmosphere and also give carers an opportunity to meet with others in the same circumstances.

When: Thursdays between 2 & 4pm

Where: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth, PO2 7BL

Different Strokes contact: Di Summers

Call: 02392617139 or 07815533589

Any further info: www.different-strokes-portsmouth.org.uk

Mountbatten Centre main reception: 023 9320 0401

Stroke Referral Consultant - Claire Warburton: 023 9320 0358

The Mountbatten Centre charge is £3.25 for stroke survivors, payable at the desk, but no charge is made for carers. Retain your receipt for collection by a committee member of Different Strokes - this is simply so our instructors can verify the numbers attending these sessions.

DISC contact: Chris Hoy

Call: 07771 962 562 or Email: cmhoy@btinternet.com

Dementia

Support groupWho, when and where?Contact and further information
Brunel Monday Carers GroupWho is it for: Carers of people with dementia

When: 10.20am meet up for group 10.30am-12pm, every Monday

Where: Deaf Centre, 279 Arundel St, Portsmouth PO1 1LX

Contact:

Vicky

02392 429302

Further information: We meet once a week to talk, listen, let off the steam but most of all to support each other. Dr Osanaiye from OPMH team also supports our carers. Please call Vicky, to arrange a call back.

Activity Café for those with dementia and their carersWho is it for: People with dementia and their carers

When and Where: Monday 10.30am - 12pm at St Swithuns Church, 105 Waverley Rd, Southsea

Thursday 1-2.30 pm at The Link, Baptist Church, Cosham, PO6 2QZ

Contact: Remind Service on 033 0332 4030

Further information: We provide information from a range of sources in a structured social, non-institutional setting. This gives opportunities for people with dementia, families and carers to ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of peers.

Singing for the BrainWho is it for: For people with dementia and theirs carers

When: 1 hour sessions run every Wednesday and Friday

Where: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Rd, Portsmouth, PO2 7BL

Contact: Alzheimer’s Society on 023 9289 2035

Further information: A social group for people with dementia and their carer. People with dementia and carers can participate in a range of exercises.

Kitbags & BeretsWho is it for: Ex-Service Personnel with dementia and their carers

When: 1.30pm -3.30pm 2nd Thursday of every month

Where: Portsmouth Deaf Centre 279 Arundel Street Portsmouth, PO1 1LX

Contact: Cliff 07458 134672

or The Admiral Nurse Service

023 8202 5787

Further information: Social group for ex-service personnel and their carers.

Adult Mental Health and Substance Misuse

Support groupsWho, when and where?Contact and further information
ReboundWho is it for: Carers, family and friends affected by substance misuse

When: 7pm-9pm, on 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesday of the month

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD

Contact: The group leader on 0793 9580 167

Email: enquiries@reboundgroup.org

Further information: For discreet and confidential discussion, one to one and group work.

You can drop in or contact group before coming along to the group.

www.reboundgroup.org

Facebook group

Portsmouth OCD Support GroupWho is it for: Individuals with OCD and their carers, family or friends

When: 10.30am-12:45pm, usually 1st Saturday of every month

(please check the website for dates first)

Where: The Garden Room, Cosham Community Centre, PO6 3AP

Contact:

Email stephen.hosking@btinternet.com

Text 07976726803

Further information: The group does not offer specific therapies, but it is a chance to share coping strategies. Currently both online and face to face groups are running. It is advised to contact the group leader before attending as Covid procedures are in place.

Find more by visiting: www.ocduk.org/portsmouth

Take a BreakWho is it for: Carers looking after someone who has mental health issues

When:10.30am-12.30pm, 3rd Monday of the month

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea PO4 0AD

Contact: Maureen

Further information: Social respite group for carers

Bipolar UK support groupWho is it for: Group for people with bipolar, their families and friends

When: 7pm-9pm, 1st Wednesday of every month

Where: Currently held online

Contact:

Email supportgroups@bipolaruk.org with Portsmouth online support group' as the subject.

Further information: The group offers support and information in a friendly, safe and confidential setting for anyone affected by bipolar.

The group is run by volunteers.

If you are unsure about attending, or would like to find out more, please email the address above.

Parent carers groups

Support groupWho, when and where?Contact and further information
SEND ButterfliesWho is it for: Parents of children with special needs and disabilities

When: 10AM-12PM on:

14/01, 03/02,

02/03, 24/04,

08/05, 17/06

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD

Contact: Melissa and Paula sendbutterfliesnorthsouth@gmail.com

Moriah Family Support GroupWho is it for: Group is for parent carers of children with special needs and disabilities from ethnic minorities

When: 10.30am-12.30pm,

2nd Monday of the month

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD

Contact: Call Flo 07894 628497

Email: moriahforyou@gmail.com

Further information: At Moriah we provide a forum where parents and carers share their challenges and support and learn from one another's experiences.

Facebook group

STAND UPWho is it for: Parents of children with special needs and disabilities and their siblings at primary school age.

SEND Kids Club 3:45pm - 5:45pm every Friday

£3 per family Where: Fratton Community Centre

Contact: standupportsmouth@gmail.com

Further information: Our main aim is to provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental space for SEND Children and their families to meet and play in and around Portsmouth.

Further information: Website: www.standupportsmouth.co.uk

Facebook group

Yackety Yac!Who is it for: Parents and carers of young adults with special needs

When: 11am-1pm, first Friday of every month

Portsmouth Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD

Contact: yacketyyac@yahoo.co.uk

Further information: We are a Portsmouth based group for parents and carers of young adults with special needs, the group started in September 2010 and meets once a month to offer a friendly ear, share experiences and well, just chat!

Asperger Syndrome and High functioning Autism Carer's GroupWho is it for: People who support individuals who have Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism

When: 7pm-8.30pm, first Monday of the month

Where: contact Joan for details

Contact: Joan 07954404184

Email: pirates_are_cooler_than_ninjas@hotmail.co.uk

Further information: A social support group for carers.

Other Groups

Support groupWho, when and where?Contact and further information
Crochet and a Cuppa GroupWho is it for: For carers who want to try crochet and have a chat

When: every Friday 10am-12pm

Where: Milton, PO4 - please contact Anne for more details

Contact: Anne 02392 861897

Further information: Beginners and experienced crocheters welcome!

Veterans Outreach SupportWho is it for: Former members of the British Armed Forces and Reserves, their family members, including Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy

When: 2-6 pm first Wednesday of each month

Where: Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth

Contact:

email: admin@vosuk.org

Further information: Our Drop-In is a welcoming and relaxed place providing social support and access to a range of welfare and mental health services.

Find out more: www.vosuk.org/about-us/drop-in/

Social StrollingWho is it for: Friendly social walking group for vulnerable adults and their carers

When: 1pm on first and third Tuesday of the month

Where: Various places of interest in and around Portsmouth

Contact:

email: socialstrolling@yahoo.com

Further information: A short stroll to places of interest in and around Portsmouth to stimulate memories and conversations followed by tea & cake.

find more by visiting the Facebook group

Young Carers

Fun activities and chill out time available also during half term and summer holidays.

Please contact Young Carers team on 02392 688 499 or email youngcarers@portsmouthcc.gov.uk as referral is needed before attending the group.

ClubWho, when and where?Further information
Saturday clubWho is it for: Young carers aged 8- 14 years old

When: 10am- 12.30pm, every Saturday

Where: The John Pounds Centre

Monday clubWho is it for: Young carers aged 14- 18 years old

When: 6.15pm- 8.45pm, every Monday

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD

Wednesday ClubWho is it for: Young carers aged 8- 18 years old

When: 17:00 - 19:00, every Wednesday

Where: Paulsgrove Family Hub, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, PO6 3PL

ThursdayWho is it for: Young carers aged 18- 25 years old

When: 6.15pm-8.15pm, every Thursday

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre, 117 Orchard Road, Southsea, PO4 0AD

This group builds on the foundations of the Monday Club and introduces a focus for the older carers and their needs, such as continuing education and employment support.