Anti-trafficking charities launch a new website aimed at keeping Ukrainian refugees safe and stopping exploitation.

This information has been provided by Hampshire Constabulary. A coalition of anti-slavery and human rights groups has launched a new website for Ukrainian refugees in the UK, aimed at keeping them safe from trafficking and helping them adjust to their new home. is a "one-stop shop" of useful websites, helplines, and other information – anything from where to get basic travel and housing advice to opening a bank account and understanding your rights as a worker.   Says Andrew Wallis, CEO of anti-slavery charity Unseen, one of the groups behind the initiative: "There are millions of Ukrainian people on the move, many of them with no support [...]

By |2022-05-25T10:41:42+01:0025 May, 2022|Event, News|0 Comments

Mental Health Support Survey for 16–25-year-olds in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council is running a short survey for young people to share their experiences, and this feedback will help us to create better access to support and inform new ways of working. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and closes on Tuesday 31 May. Young people can choose to share their experience anonymously. Portsmouth Mental Health Support Survey for ages 16-25

By |2022-05-19T13:57:51+01:0019 May, 2022|Event, News|0 Comments

Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIOW) Elective Care Survey

Do you live in Portsmouth? Are you or your loved ones waiting for hospital treatment? Healthwatch Portsmouth are asking the public to share their experience and views of waiting for hospital treatment. Many people have had their hospital treatment delayed by the pandemic – are you one of them? We want to know if you’re getting the advice and information you need while you wait. We also want to know if you would consider treatment at an alternative hospital in Winchester if it was available. It’s vital that NHS decision makers hear your experience so that your views can inform work being undertaken by the NHS to [...]

By |2022-05-17T12:01:43+01:0017 May, 2022|Event, News|0 Comments

Invitation to the Launch of ‘Room One’

Come and see the new Autism Information, Support and Drop-in venue: 'Room One' at Charles Dickens Community Centre, Lake Road, PO1 4DY on Saturday 21 May, 3.00pm-6.00pm . Open to any autistic or neurodivergent adult or anyone with an interest in this area, it's  relaxed drop-in, where you can meet some of the committee members, chat to like-minded people, see the room and find out more about some new services coming to Portsmouth.

By |2022-05-12T12:41:34+01:0012 May, 2022|Event, News|0 Comments

Somerstown May Fayre

This Saturday Healthwatch Portsmouth will be attending Somerstown May Fayre. It's going to be a fun filled packed day, so please do come and say 'Hello', and chat to us about Health in Portsmouth. We look forward to seeing you there. To find out where we will be contact: For more information about the Fayre contact:

By |2022-05-12T11:06:05+01:0012 May, 2022|Event, News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth publishes latest review of GP surgery websites

Healthwatch Portsmouth is publishing its latest review (conducted at the end of March 2022) of the information contained on Portsmouth GP surgery website homepages GP Surgeries Website Review March 2022 HWP Survey results We found that nearly all the websites were presented in a welcoming style and gave a positive first impression when the reviewer arrived on the home page. Many surgery websites are still requesting that patients provide 2 forms of identification to support their application to register as a new patient.   This is not a requirement made by the NHS. Most surgeries did not offer the information in different language formats or offer translation. A similar [...]

By |2022-05-11T18:33:18+01:0011 May, 2022|News|0 Comments

Lack of NHS dental appointments widens health inequalities

A survey of over 2000 people from Healthwatch England has raised grave concerns with Dentistry in the UK. People are finding it hard to access the NHS provided dental care, and then feel pressure to go privately which is an option many people justify,  as even NHS charges can be difficult to afford. The survey has shown inequalities are unfair amid escalating living costs, and  calls on NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care to put a reformed dental contract in place before formal responsibility for dental services passes to the 42 new Integrated Care Systems in April 2023. For the full report and [...]

By |2022-05-10T10:06:15+01:009 May, 2022|Dental, News|0 Comments

Mental Health Week 9th -15th May

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place between 9 and 15 May. This year's theme is loneliness, which can have a huge impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. There are lots of simple actions that you can take to help someone who may be feeling lonely - and they might help you feel less lonely too. Check in with family members, friends, colleagues, or neighbours - especially people you know who live alone or might not have many close connections. A text message or phone call can make a huge difference. Why not reach out to someone you haven't seen in a while for a catch up? [...]

By |2022-05-09T15:04:36+01:009 May, 2022|Event, News|0 Comments