Age UK is the UK's leading charity for older people. We believe no older person should struggle alone. We provide information, advice, support and friendship to people in later life, and are determined to be there when we're needed most. Call the Age UK Advice Line free on 0800 169 65 65 (lines are open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year) or visit our website: www.ageuk.org.uk
We are a charity and are classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, or NDPB. We look after the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, worth £10M each year.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes now and in future years.
- Non-core healthcare services for veterans.
- Removing barriers to family life.
- Extra support, both in and after Service, for those that need help.
- Measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the Armed Forces community to participate as citizens.
We also work with HM Government to run other funding programmes that have a positive impact on Armed Forces communities.Full details of our work and funding opportunities can be found at www.covenantfund.org.uk
Portsmouth Water Priority Service Register is a free service for our customers who need extra support. If you have specific requirements due to your age, ill health, disability, mental illness or financial situation please register with us for Priority Services to enable us to offer you extra assistance. We will find the right support for you. If you’re finding it hard to pay your bills, you can also talk to our Team who will help find a way forward with a personalised payment plan made just for you, which can include applying for direct payments from your benefit, instalment plans or a Direct Debit arrangement. . We also have our ‘Helping Hands’ Social Tariff which is specifically for households on a low income, if eligible, we will reduce your water rates down to our minimum charge.
SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, is a UK charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents.
Who we help
Our support covers both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They are all entitled to lifelong support from SSAFA, no matter how long they have served.
How we help
SSAFA helps the armed forces community in a number of ways, though our focus is on providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care. Addiction, relationship breakdown, debt, homelessness, post-traumatic stress, depression and disability are all issues that can affect our members of our Armed Forces community. SSAFA works in partnership with other military charities and specialist organisations to ensure that those who turn to us for help get the support they need.Our volunteer network reaches into every county of the UK. Locally SSAFA has teams (known as Divisions) in Portsmouth (covering postcodes PO1-PO6), Gosport and Havant. Given the uncertainties resulting from the ongoing pandemic it is best to contact the teams by email as follows: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
SSAFA can also be contacted using the Forcesline number 0800 2606767, which is open 09:00-17:30 Monday to Friday.
HIVE Portsmouth works with local people, groups and organisations in a way that recognises and nurtures the strengths of individuals, families and communities and helps to build independence and self-reliance as an alternative to a dependence on traditional services. They connect people and organisations to share, support and learn in order to meet the needs of individuals and are committed to working together with the objective of building a happier, healthier and more connected city. Fundamental to this growing mandate is the increasing recognition that voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations are valuable strategic partners in developing and offering a trusted resource.
The Roberts Centre provides support for children, families, young people and vulnerable adults from across Portsmouth and the surrounding area. Services we offer include Family Tenancy Support where we support families to manage their tenancies in the best possible way to reduce the risk of homelessness. Circle of Support who assist with crisis arising from debt, fuel or food poverty, other financial issues, homelessness or family breakdown.
We also offer a child contact centre where children can remain in contact with parents and family members with whom they don’t live, and a day nursery which is open for 51 weeks of the year.