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This information is provided by individual group leaders.

Last updated: October 2020

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 Advice lineMonday to Friday

10am - 4pm

0808 808 7777

Listening service available:

Mondays and Tuesdays 9am - 7pm

Carers Together- Carers Listening LineMonday to Friday

10am - 4pm

0800 03 23456

For carers within the Hampshire boundaries

Offers information and support for carers

Contact A FamilyMonday to Friday

9.30am - 5pm

0808 808 3555
Freephone helpline for parents and carers with advice on:

welfare rights,

community care issues,

education needs,

debt and a listening ear,

Access to interpreters available.

Information advice and support to families with disabled children no matter what their condition.

Marie Curie Support lineMonday to Friday

10am - 5pm

0800 090 2309

For people living with a terminal illness, and their family, friends and carers.

Calls are answered by trained advisers who can offer practical information and emotional support.

Alzheimer's Society - National Dementia HelplineMonday- Wednesday 9am-8pm

Thursday - Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm

0300 222 11 22

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.

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

02392 653835 or 07851 227604

Linda

martinlindastanley@ntlworld.com

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 GroupWho is it for: Any carers for any condition

When: 11.30am, 1st Thursday of the month

Where: Tesco Fratton in the Community room
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 contact Margaret .

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

When: Fortnightly on Fridays

Where: Hillside and Wymering Centre, Paulsgrove, PO6 3PY
Contact: Carly Davey

tel: 07712326997

email: carly.davey@stroke.org.uk

Further information: Also looking for volunteers to help run the group

The Portsmouth Stroke ClubWho is it for: For individuals who have had a stroke and their carers

When: 2pm-4pm, every Wednesday

Where: Stacey Centre, Walsall Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6DN
Contact: Valerie Weeks on 02392 739 078

Further information: The group is run by carers, and the cared for is welcome to the group, as there are activities to include the cared for (speech therapy, etc.)

Visit www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/portsmouth-stroke-club

Different strokesWho is it for: Support for younger & younger minded stroke survivors & their carers

When and Where: Activities:

Gym sessions Mon-Wed, Swimming Tue 11am-12pm, Seated Chair Exercise Wed 2-3pm.

Social evenings:

fortnightly on Mondays at Golden Hind Pub, 384 Copnor Rd, Portsmouth, PO3 5EN

(ring/ see website for next date)

Contact: Di Summers

Further information: Find more by visiting

www.different-strokes-portsmouth.org.uk

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

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 /p>

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

Where: Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Rd

Contact: Call 023 92696 559

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

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

When: 1.30-3pm usually 2nd Thursday of the month

Where: Rowans Living Well Centre, Purbrook

Contact: Matt

Tel: 07711 597166

email: matt@braintumoursupport.co.uk

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: pituitary.org.uk

All our meetings are now on a Saturday morning.

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

Helen Old

0344 225 3674

vc.west4@parkinsons.org.uk

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: A group for people with MND, their carers, family and friends

When: 10.30am - 12.15pm first Monday of every month

Where: Rowan's Hospice, Purbrook

The group is run entirely by volunteers, many of who have personal experience of the disease.

www.mndportsmouth.org

Facebook page

Portsmouth & Isle of Wight Branch of Cystic Fibrosis TrustA group of CF SupportersContact: william.allday@ntlworld.com

Further information: Facebook page

We are a group of CF Supporters who meet and put on a few events each year. We have a casual/informal monthly meeting at various homes on Hayling Island, in Gosport, Locks Heath and Sarisbury Green.

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

When: 11AM-12.30PM, 3rd Wednesday of the month:

20th Nov, 18th Dec, 15th Jan…

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.

ME support groupWho is it for: People with ME, their family and carers living in Portsmouth and surrounding areas

When: 12pm-1pm, third Tuesday of the month

Where: Frank Sorrell Centre,103 Prince Albert Rd, Southsea, PO4 9HT

Contact: Sally on mefoggydog@gmail.com or join the Facebook group

Further information: Meet people with the same illness, share stories and experiences. We all have the same illness; we are all equal in this support group.

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

vn_jazz@hotmail.com

Liz

lizmardel@talktalk.net

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.

During Covid restrictions please call Vicky, to arrange a call back.

We telephone, email and Zoom each other.

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 Jude's Church, Kent Rd, Southsea, PO5 3HH

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: 10:30am-12pm first and third Friday of the month

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.

Alzheimer’s Society Saturday ClubWho is it for: For people with Dementia who are under 65 and their carers

When: 11am-1pm, 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month

Where: The Link, Baptist Church, Cosham, PO6 2QZ

Contact: Alzheimer’s Society on 023 9289 2035

Further information: Social group with outings and activities.

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

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

Where: Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 9HR

Contact: Cliff

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- 1pm, 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

Call 0845 120 3778

Further information: The group does not offer specific therapies, but it is a chance to share coping strategies.

It is advised to contact the group leader before attending.

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: John Pounds Centre, Queen St, PO1 3HN

Contact:

Email supportgroups@bipolaruk.org

Call 0333 323 3885

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, contact the number provided.

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

Facebook group
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: 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 primary school age

When: SEND Kids Club:

4-6pm every Friday, £3 per family

Super Sibs activities for siblings age 8+

Stand Up Eggs 0-5yrs group and drop in morning for parent/carers of older children (whilst they are at school)

Where: Fratton Community Centre

Contact: standupportsmouth@gmail.com

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

Further information: A social support group for carers.

Other Groups

Support groupWho, when and where?Contact and further information
Crafty carersWho is it for: Any carer who want to do some crafts

When: First Monday of the month 12-3pm

Where: Portsmouth Deaf Centre, 279 Arundel Street

Contact:

Call 07933 736 661

Further information: No experience needed, refreshments provided, bring £2 towards craft materials. Just drop in or contact group.
Crochet and a Cuppa GroupWho is it for: For carers who want to try crochet and have a chat

When: every other Friday 10am-12pm

Where: Portsmouth Carers Centre

Contact: Anne

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.
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.

Young Carers

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

Please contact Young Carers team on 023 9266 195 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

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.