Roadmap out of lockdown – step 2

Over 97,000 people in Portsmouth have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and there were 32 new cases of coronavirus reported in the city in the last seven days.

However, it’s important to remember that the virus is still with us, including the UK variant that spreads much more easily. When we meet with more people, there are more opportunities for the virus to spread so it’s more important than ever to stick to hands, face, space and letting fresh air in.

More changes have come into force today as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

What’s changing:

  • More venues can open, including all retail, outdoor hospitality, personal care, outdoor attractions and some indoor leisure venues like gyms, though restrictions are still in place to keep people safe
  • Indoor children’s activities can resume, including sports and junior swimming lessons. Parent and child groups can also take place inside with up […]
12 April, 2021|

Healthwatch Portsmouth contract: transfer of service provider 31.3.21

On 31st March 2021 the service provider contract that supports Healthwatch Portsmouth will transfer from Help and Care to The Advocacy People who were the successful bidders in Portsmouth City Council’s recent Healthwatch Portsmouth contract commissioning process.

You can continue to contact Healthwatch Portsmouth on their usual email address  up until 29th March 2021.   Please bear with us with our IT communications while the service transfers during 29th, 30th and 31st March 2021.  If you encounter any issues during this time please feel free to contact  quoting ‘Healthwatch Portsmouth’.

Please feel free to contact Healthwatch Portsmouth from 1st April 2021 on by which time the transfer will have been completed and a member of the Healthwatch Portsmouth team will respond to your email as soon as possible after that date.

We look forward to hearing from you in the very near future and wish you all the best for Easter if we do not hear from you before then. ?

If you wish to contact the Manager of Healthwatch Portsmouth, Siobhain McCurrach, please do use her email address:  from 1st April as this email address will also transfer to the new contract provider from 1st April 2021.   […]

26 March, 2021|

HWP Chairperson issues apology for his choice of words in a recent newspaper interview on the future supply of COVID vaccines to the UK

The Healthwatch Portsmouth Chairperson, Roger Batterbury has issued an apology (below) today in relation to words he chose to use in an interview he gave to The News that was reported on 19th March 2021 regarding the future supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

“In a recent media interview about the future Government vaccine supply in April I used language that some felt was unacceptable. I’m truly sorry. It was never my intention to cause anyone distress. I’m grateful this has been brought to my attention and to the attention of Healthwatch Portsmouth where I’m the elected Chairperson. This process of reflection will help ensure that Healthwatch Portsmouth continues to speak up for all the people of Portsmouth about health & social care in an independent and representative manner at all times.”

Here is a link to the article in The News, dated 19th March 2021


26 March, 2021|

Coronavirus: Day of reflection to mark one year since first lockdown

A national day of reflection is being planned to mark one year since the first coronavirus lockdown.

It will take place on Tuesday 23 March – the same date people across the UK were told to stay at home for the first time last year.

A minute’s silence will be held at 12pm, followed by a bell ringing.

People are also being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm with phones, candles and torches to signify a “beacon of remembrance”. Prominent buildings and landmarks across the UK will also be lit up. Organisers want it to be an opportunity to remember all those who have died during the pandemic.

The head of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens said: “It’s also a moment to acknowledge how in adversity we saw strength, as friends, neighbours and communities have come together to help each other… While we need continuing vigilance against this virus, the remarkable NHS vaccination programme now brings hope […]

22 March, 2021|

Encouraging Innovation Grant

HIVE Portsmouth have been successful in securing £100,000 to deliver the ‘Encouraging Innovation Fund.

With the support of the National Lottery Community Fund and Portsmouth City Council, HIVE will provide support for innovative ideas and projects within Portsmouth communities.

We want to encourage anyone, from small local voluntary or community groups or individuals with lived experiences to apply for funding.

Find out more at

The closing date for stage one applications is the 9th April with decisions being announced at the end of May.

If you have any questions, then please email and our team will be able to support you as you develop your proposal.

19 March, 2021|