Volunteers from YOU’s Advice Portsmouth service were treated to an afternoon tea party with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth last month.
The four volunteers: Jan Parke, John Pratley, Olufolake Ayeyemi and David Mcdowell; got the chance to have a chat with the city’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Lynne Stagg, in between mouthfuls of cupcakes and biscuits. The event, held in the Lord Mayor’s Parlor inside Portsmouth Guildhall, was for Cllr Lynne Stagg to thank volunteers for the indispensible work they do within the Portsmouth community.
“I wanted to recognize volunteers who contribute to Portsmouth”, said the Lord Mayor. “These people aren’t widely appreciated, and I wanted to thank them for the hard work they’re putting in”.
Not only were the YOU participants able to enjoy tasty treats, but they also had the chance to try on the Lord Mayor’s robes, hats and her £400,000 gold collar (pictured Olufolake in the garments). The afternoon was topped off with a guided tour around the building by Cllr Lynne Stagg herself.
All four of the YOU volunteers assist across a variety of areas at Advice Portsmouth, based at Focus Point, 116 Kingston Crescent. The service relies greatly on the support of volunteers, who help …
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The idea of harvest conjures up comforting images of well stocked larders, freshly picked apples and harvested wheat, happy farmers, cosy suppers and memories of raiding the kitchen for a tin of beans for the harvest assembly. Not many of us plough fields and scatter seeds anymore, choosing to pick and gather at our local supermarket instead. However with the cost of living rising, increasing food prices and changes to welfare, many of us in our communities simply aren’t getting enough to eat.
This year, Ian Ward from our Advice Portsmouth service was invited by Father Bob White from St Mary’s Church to speak at an event based around the theme ‘When I was Hungry’.
Around 30 people from different local churches attended the event on 28th September at St Mary’s. Taking the form of a workshop, it was centred on Harvest and vulnerable people affected by the welfare reform act. “It was a great event” Ian said, “my presentation covered the changes in social welfare this year, highlighting some of the main issues our clients face including benefit caps, the bedroom tax, changes to sickness benefits as well as details of the services we provide at Advice Portsmouth.”
Other speakers included Carol Damper from the EC Roberts centre, a charity focused around …
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‘Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made,
by singing “oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade’
- Rudyard Kipling.
The residents and staff at our supported living service in Bedhampton have certainly not been sitting in the shade, recently transforming their garden from a bit of a jungle into a little piece of calm and beauty on their doorstep (no Mowgli in sight!).
With funding provided by YOU and raised by the residents and staff of the service, it took around 2 weeks of digging, planting, re-plotting and fence painting, with help from 6 residents and staff.
Deputy manager, Michelle Norris, says they planted around 300 bulbs. Hard work, but a great team effort – and definitely worth it! What do you think?
Come Spring, the residents are expecting to see a beautiful flowering garden of roses, daffodils and more, all watched over by the stargazing rabbit – placed in the garden in memory of a former resident who sadly passed away.
The garden also comes alive at night with twinkling solar lights placed amidst the flower beds. Great work, team! Can’t wait to see it flowering in all its glory.…
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