Access Southampton Events & Training Calendar

**** Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some courses and events may be cancelled at short notice. Always contact the training provider to check whether the course/event is still going ahead ****

Below is a summary of the latest careers events, training courses, employment opportunities and open days that are coming up in Southampton. These opportunities will give you the chance to develop new and existing skills, meet employers, or find out about local colleges and training providers. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and times/locations may be subject to change – always contact the training provider to find out more information.

Submit details of your own training course or careers event


Virtual Learning and Opportunities

Free Online Training

The Skills Toolkit – The Skills Toolkit is a new online platform giving access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses to help people build up their skills and boost employability across the country

reed.co.uk – free course listings can be found on the Reed website

FutureLearn – includes some courses that are available for free

Vision2Learn – funded courses delivered in partnership with colleges in England

Alison.com – over 1000 free courses you can complete at your own pace

Think Employment – a range of courses that can be completed at home, with remote-tutor support

Virtual College – a wide range of free e-learning

University of Southampton – free online learning packages including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and podcasts


Upcoming courses and events


Traineeship Plus Programme

When: Deadline for applications is 1st March 2021

Traineeship Plus is a county wide, 18 week programme, which will prepare you for the world of work by improving your chances of securing an apprenticeship, job or a place at college. It will provide a high-quality work placement alongside the opportunity to achieve qualifications in English, Maths and employability.

Traineeship Plus is a fantastic place to start your career and can lead onto a wide range of other opportunities including apprenticeships, further training and job opportunities. English and Maths are a fundamental part of the Traineeship Plus programme and are considered crucial employability skills. You will receive support with both, to help you progress into the world of work.

A bursary is paid during the Traineeship work placement, subject to programme criteria.
Entry Criteria:
– 16 – 24 years
– Achieved a minimum grade 3/D GCSE in English or maths (non – GCSE qualifications will be considered on an individual basis)
– Motivation to learn and develop skills to support progression into an apprenticeship, employment, further training or education

Contact Hampshire County Council to apply:

Email: skills.participation@hants.gov.uk or Telephone: 01962 846193


Safe New Futures Young Adults Course

When: Starts Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Limited places available for our Free Southampton Young Adults Safe New Futures Course for ages 18-30 living in the Southampton area. Refer your clients today.

We have helped a large number of young people in your area tackle stress, anxiety and depression through our CBT- based coursed and personal coaching sessions.

As one young person on a recent course said: “it got me thinking about other thought patterns that I’ve never confronted”.

With rising mental health concerns and more people out of work throughout the pandemic, now more than ever, our experienced course facilitators are ready to deliver excellent support to young adults who need it the most.

Despite the current circumstances, we are continuing to run our courses online. Please note the new course date. The next youth course is on the 2nd March 2021 and will be:

  • Free
  • Online 2 days a week via the Zoom platform
  • Open to all young adults who are not employed or in education and may feel stuck in their current situation
  • Aims to improve self-esteem, self-confidence and motivation and to help candidates regain a sense of control over their lives

Please refer any young adults you think may benefit from this course immediately as we have spaces for our course now starting Tuesday 2nd March 2021. Email communications@safe.org.uk


Beginners MS Powerpoint -series of 4 sessions for people with disabilities

When: Starts Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Leonard Cheshire’s Digital Inclusion Team have a fantastic schedule of FREE online courses arranged, with everything from using your email; various Microsoft Office programmes; Google Docs etc. They will start in March and courses will run for 4 weeks. These sessions are for people with disabilities and long term conditions. Please see full information and booking details at Eventbrite.

Beginners MS Powerpoint -series of 4 sessions for people with disabilities Tickets, Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite


Intermediate MS Powerpoint – 4 sessions for people with disabilities

When: Starts Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Leonard Cheshire’s Digital Inclusion Team have a fantastic schedule of FREE online courses arranged, with everything from using your email; various Microsoft Office programmes; Google Docs etc. They will start in March and courses will run for 4 weeks. These sessions are for people with disabilities and long term conditions. Please see full information and booking details at Eventbrite.

Intermediate MS Powerpoint – 4 sessions for people with disabilities Tickets, Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite


Armed Forces Community- Opportunity to work for the NHS

When: Tuesday 9th March 2021 5:30pm-7pm

The Armed Forces Network are holding a session on the 9th March about the NHS – 350 types of jobs, how to access the jobs including training and support.

Any one from the Armed Forces Community is welcome.

Those Transitioning, Reservists, Veterans and family members.

Open to all ages.


Abri Create Self-Employment Training

If you are supporting anyone who has an interest in self employment then please do consider signposting them to Abri’s (formerly Radian) FREE self-employment course ‘Create’; we have new courses for their consideration online, our next Webinar courses are in March.  

Our self employment courses and overall programme is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which continues until December 2022. Registration to the webinars and support is FREE and includes after care such as mentoring, business meet ups, access to members Facebook group and workshops. These classes are online now and live to take bookings through the Eventbrite link below!

March 9/11/16/18  

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abris-create-self-employment-training-course-online-tickets-132570743663

March 15/17/22/24  

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abris-create-self-employment-training-course-online-mondays-weds-tickets-141301130485

Our course provides a step-by-step guide covering the fundamentals of self employment and what any new entrepreneur should ideally be considering in the early-mid stages.  It’s also suitable for those who may have already started up but need more guidance.  It covers legalities, financials, marketing and branding, how to create a business model and how self employment effects benefits.  What’s great is Create is free (which includes post-course support through Abri) and open to all


Prince’s Trust Get Started with Fitness

When: Taster day 10th March 2021, main course 15th-26th March 2021


Adult Social Care training linked to jobs in the NHS

Please email acet@itchen.ac.uk to make a referral.


Start your own business for young people

When: Tuesday 16th March 2021 2pm-4pm

Earn your own money by working for yourself. If you are between 16 and 25 years old and not working currently then this might be a good opportunity to explore. We can help you get started. Maybe you already have an idea or maybe you need some help? We are here for you! …and it is all free!

Join us on this online workshop to find out what is involved in being self-employed, what to consider and where to start. We work with young people all over the South of England to start their own business and will team you up with your own business adviser to successfully launch your business. Come and meet with us at this exciting session and let your journey start!

Register online

This opportunity is offered to you by WSX Enterprise with funding support from the Westquay Giving Back project and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund.


Get into Customer Service with South Western Railways

When: Taster day 24th March 2021

We are really pleased to be able to once again offer 18-30s in the Portsmouth- Southampton area of Hampshire who are NEET and interested in a career in customer service or within the railway sector this great programme in partnership with SWR. Young people will receive two weeks of training (currently face to face but tbc closer to the time) as well as a two week work experience at a station on the network. Upon completion of the programme, participants will be supported through the SWR job application process to move into roles within the company.

When: Taster day 24th March

Main programme: 29th March – 30th April

Where: MS Teams

Make an enquiry


Southampton Virtual Careers and Apprenticeship Show

Save the Date: 20th May 2021


Online College Open Events


City College

City College have their own dedicated online open event where you can watch videos about the college and find out more about the subjects on offer.

citycollegesouthampton.onlineopendays.com


Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Find out more about college life and talk to staff and students about the courses on offer.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/richard-taunton-virtual-open-event-registration-117632342503


Itchen Sixth Form College

Itchen College has a dedicated online open event including an introduction from the principal, a facilities tour video, course videos and presentations and a Live Chat Q&A Service (3pm-4pm Monday-Friday)

www.itchen.ac.uk/online-open-day-homepage


St Anne’s Sixth Form

Find out more about studying at St. Anne’s Sixth Form: www.stannes6th.uk


Bitterne Park Sixth Form

Bitterne Park Sixth Form have shared a video on YouTube to tell you more about life at the college


Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

Find details of upcoming open events at www.barton-peveril.ac.uk/openevents


Peter Symonds College

360 virtual tour of Peter Symonds College: 360testbed.co/psc


Eastleigh College

Virtual open event will give the opportunity to preview the facilities and discover the courses on offer.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-open-event-12-january-2021-tickets-126563429625


Totton College

A chance for prospective students to get a feel for life at Totton College.

https://www.totton.ac.uk/events/open-morning-30-january-2020/


Brockenhurst College

Virtual Open Event: www.brock.ac.uk/virtualopenevent


Fareham College

Online showcase introducing you to Fareham College: www.fareham.ac.uk/online-showcase


Ongoing Opportunities


Online CSCS Training

The Construction Skills Fund now have virtual training available for those who want to get their CSCS card. The CSCS test cannot be done virtually, and they will be done at the learner’s nearest CSCS test centre. 

Referrals can be made in the usual way to csf@hants.gov.uk

Before you refer anyone, please:

  • Ensure that they have access to a laptop or tablet computer (a phone is not sufficient), wifi and a quiet learning space
  • Ensure that they have the right photo ID to do the CSCS card test (passport/driving licence/citizen card – details can be found here)
  • Ensure that the learner can travel easily and safely to their nearest CSCS test centre

Southampton Library Service – Your Library from Home

Find out what’s available for you and your family at home from our libraries, there’s something for everyone and it’s all free with a library membership!
Not a member? Join online now (also free!)

Reading and Listening

Local and Family history

Online Events

Staying in touch

For regular updates and activities, follow the library service on social media:


SeaCity Museum Online Resources and Downloadable Activities

SeaCity Museum Logo Blue
The Lives. The Times

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the SeaCity Museum has put together a range of free online resources and downloadable activities for children and families to enjoy including:

  • Colouring & Activity Sheets
  • Southampton through time, Titanic and Mayflower 400 activity packs
  • The Great Big Titanic Quiz
  • Puzzles and Jigsaws

There are also virtual tours of museums and exhibitions available on Southampton City Council’s Cultural Services YouTube account

Find out more: seacitymuseum.co.uk/online-activities


Activities for Lockdown

If you’re looking for something new to do, a skill to learn, or some music or theatre to enjoy, take a look at this list of ‘Activities for Lockdown’ which Leonard Cheshire’s Digital Inclusion team have collated.

https://padlet.com/LCdigitalinclusion/lockdownactivities


God’s House at Home

God’s House Tower Art & Heritage venue has a range of online activities including:

  • Make and Create Workshops – Led by local emerging artists, the Make & Create workshop series is inspired by the theme: GHT beside the sea. These artists have devised a series of creative workshops which will take place at GHT, but in the meantime these activities will let you get to know the artists and try something creative at home.
  • Decorate your own Historic Southampton postcard
  • Try your hand at water drawing
  • Lunchtime Lectures every Friday at 12:30pm
  • And much more…

Full details, activities and links can be found on their website: godshousetower.org.uk/whats-on/stay-at-home-our-page-to-help-you-survive-total-lockdown


Virtual Work Club

Thursdays 3pm-5pm

Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team are running a weekly virtual work club for people in Southampton needing information, advice and guidance around employment. The virtual work club will take place every Thursday 3pm-5pm starting on Thursday 25th June 2020. As part of our response to the ongoing situation, we want to give clients to opportunity to drop in to a session where they can get advice from one of our Employment Officers. The virtual work club will be running on Zoom and clients can drop in at any time in the 2 hour session. They will have the opportunity to speak 1 to 1 with a member of our team – we will be using Zoom’s ‘Breakout Rooms’ feature to ensure clients information is kept confidential, so there is no need for them to worry about discussing their case in front of other clients. At the virtual work club, we can help with:

  • IAG relating to job searching, applications and interviews
  • Creating or updating CVs
  • Advice and signposting around furlough and returning to work
  • Referral to our other projects for 1 to 1 support if required
  • Signposting to other support services

To join the virtual work club, you don’t need to have a Zoom account. All you need to do is click this link: bit.ly/VirtualWorkClub and enter the password: 356055


Quickstart Courses

Quickstart (Brockenhurst College) are now back open and will be ready to take referrals for our courses from Wednesday July 1st. Our phone lines will be open between 10am and 2pm.

In light of the Covid-19 situation we have now put in place a few changes to make sure that we adhere to the current government guidelines;

  • Learners will be booked on to telephone IPIs with our Work and Training Advisors
  • In the centre we have introduced social distancing measures maintaining the 2 metre rule and have reduced the numbers of learners that we will have on courses so learners and tutors in classrooms are properly distanced
  • We will provide learners with access to antibacterial hand gel, as well as PPE such as disposable masks and gloves
  • Whilst with us learners will have to sign an updated code of conduct to say that they agree to adhere to our rules and procedures

Call 02380 682571 to book


City College Distance Learning Courses

At City college, make 2021 your year with our wide range of professional, technical and creative courses. Whether you are learning for work, to gain a qualification for a new career, or to learn a new skill, we have a course for everyone.

Our distance learning qualifications provide you with the flexibility to study at a time and place that suits you, so you can fit your learning around your work and home life.

Level 2 courses:

Level 1 courses:

Take a look at the part-time courses we offer and see how we can help you to achieve your personal or career goals for 2021.

https://www.southampton-city.ac.uk/courses/?term=distance&sort=relevance&subjectArea=&level=&type=&qualification=&dates.duration=&courseDays=&courseTimes=


Skills2Achieve

S2A are now recruiting young people across Southampton, Eastleigh Portsmouth and Basingstoke to start in August 2020

Skills2Achieve Functional Skills for Adult Learners

Skills2Achieve will be running Adult classes throughout the 20/21 year in Math and English Functional Skills up to level 2. Each course will run for 10 weeks.

Email kerry.keenan@enhamtrust.org.uk or telephone 023 8021 1683.


Free Online Creative Writing Workshops

As part of ArtfulScribe’s ongoing commitment to support writers of all ages and at all stage of their creative development, we have now migrated most of our services to online platforms and these are free to attend. With regard to children and young people we are offering creative writing sessions as follows:

7-11 yrs – Junior Writers’ Club with Susmita Bhattacharya on a Wednesday morning from 9.30-11am – sign-up by emailing juniorwritersclub@artfulscribe.co.uk

We also have a youngwritersonline club on a Wednesday at 11.30am-1pm with Tabby Hayward aimed at secondary school and sixth form students – sign up by emailing youngwritersonline@artfulscribe.co.uk


No Limits

No Limits are following government guidelines and have made the decision to suspend face-to-face services, however we are still here to provide advice and support to children and young people. If you are a child or young person in need of support from a Youth Worker, you can:

  • Phone: If you would like to speak to a Youth Worker on the phone, you can phone 02380 224 224 during our normal Advice Centre opening times.
  • Email: You can email enquiries@nolimitshelp.org.uk to speak to a Youth Worker for advice and support. Our emails will be monitored during our normal Advice Centre opening times.
  • Web Chat: We have launched a web chat service on our website so you can speak to a member of our team. To access our web chat, visit www.nolimitshelp.org.uk. Our web chat service will be available during our normal Advice Centre opening hours.

Our Youth workers are available to provide support during the following hours:

Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 1.30pm – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am – 1.30pm

Details of the updates to No Limits services are:

  • Advice Centre: Our Advice Centre is now operating remotely via telephone, webchat and email. All our youth workers are still working and available to provide support on any issues, using the contact details above, during normal Advice Centre opening hours.
  • Breakout Youth service: we are offering LGBTQ+ Zoom groups to young people. Social and themed sessions – details are available by contacting Hello@breakoutyouth.org.uk. Referrals to the service are still being received through this e mail account.
  • Bright Beginnings: support for young parents is continuing by telephone.
  • Community Support: for help with your tenancy or housing situation, income, benefits, bills, debts and budgeting, as well as education, training, work and life skills. Referrals are as normal and appointments are taking place over the phone.
  • Counselling: for young people aged 11 and above, phone to book an assessment by calling 02380 224224 on a Monday 10-11am. Counselling sessions are being held via Zoom or telephone, depending on client choice.
  • DASH (Drugs, alcohol support and health): referrals are as normal, appointments are taking place over the telephone. We plan to also provide support via Zoom.
  • Emergency Department: We are accepting referrals. We will triage over the phone and offer 1:1 appointments and check-ins. Referrals and signposting into specialist support.
  • Health and Wellbeing: We are providing Health and Wellbeing drop-ins for vulnerable children and children of key workers who are in school, observing social distancing.
  • Health and Wellbeing Zoom: we are accepting referrals from schools, professionals, parents and self-referrals for young people to access Zoom groups around specific topics which have been advertised directly with partners and via social media. Zoom topics include self-esteem, coping with loneliness and relationships and sex education.
  • Housing and homelessness: 1:1 support is taking place over the telephone. To speak to a youth worker, contact the Advice Centre as normal.
  • Primary Mental Health (U18 AND 18+): Referrals are being accepted on enquiries@nolimitshelp.org.uk. Weekly 1:1s via phone call or ‘Visionable’. Our U18 PMHWs are still triaging CAMHS referrals in the SPA. We are checking in regularly with those on the waiting list.
  • NLXtra: Help with debt and budgeting. Referrals being accepted by email and support offered via telephone or email.
  • Space 4U: for children and young people in Southampton (up to 25) and Isle of Wight (11-17) who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and who need access to instant emotional and practical support. Specialist staff available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings 5-8pm and Saturday 10-1.30pm.
  • Sexual health: 1:1 phone consultations with a specialist sexual health nurse are available – email to arrange. Relationships and sex education topics will be provided to young people through ZOOM upon referral. Young people can access general advice and guidance through our webchat, email or phone.
  • Social prescribing: Support for young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. We are accepting referrals as normal with assessments completed over the phone, including signposting and referring on for support.
  • Safe House and Teen Safe House: Normal referral routes. Support groups are taking place over Zoom.
  • Time4U: Normal referral routes. Support groups are taking place over Zoom.
  • Young Carers: Referrals being accepted by email. Assessments are being completed over the phone. Weekly 1:1’s are being held over the telephone and support groups meeting via Zoom
  • Youth Infinity: Support group for those on the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme. The group is meeting via Zoom.

Prince’s Trust Coronavirus Support Hub

We’ve pulled together some of the most useful advice, guidance and resources so you can continue to upskill by developing your confidence and abilities during this challenging time, as well as find the answers to your questions on work and self-employment.

We’ll continue to update our hub, so do keep visiting for the latest tools and tips – and share with your friends and family.

www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/resource-centre

  • Live Chat for Advice and Guidance
  • Jobs Boards, job search and job application advice
  • £5million Enterprise Relief Fund offers grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business
  • Enterprise and self-employment advice
  • Money Management
  • Education Support
  • Confidence and Wellbeing
  • CV Support
  • #Can’tTalkWrite activity toolkits

Find out more by visiting www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/resource-centre or calling 0800 842 842


Totton College Flexible Learning Courses

Funded qualifications delivered online with access to your own individual assessor/mentor. Industry recognised certifications delivered over up to 12 weeks. Available to the employed and unemployed. For your immediate enrolment contact cgoring@totton.ac.uk

There are many streams of funding available to employers and their employees to upskill their workforce at little to no cost*. We offer a range of short courses that deliver long-lasting results, you can develop your employee’s skill sets with enriching courses which maximise efficiency, increase motivation, and boost business productivity. Watch your team flourish as you create a more committed and skilled workforce.

Courses available:

  • Understanding Behaviour That Challenges
  • Principles of Business Administration
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health
  • Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent · Principles of Team Leading

*Subject to Adult Education Budget eligibility declaration completion at application.


Saints Learning Accredited Qualifications and E-Learning

Southampton Football Club’s range of accredited Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and e-learning qualifications provide certainty and belief in the abilities of those who achieve them. Courses are designed to fit around participants’ busy schedules, with expert-led training to bridge the gap between career ambition and career progression.

Accredited Qualifications
We provide training to reach the industry-recognised standards that enable ambitious, determined people to push on with their lives and careers. These are our selected suites of formally recognised and accredited qualifications. Please enquire for learning options.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

  • Level 2 Team Leading
  • Level 3 Principles of Management & Leadership
  • Level 4 Management & Leadership
  • Level 5 Management & leadership

e-Learning

  • Food Safety – Level 1
  • Food Safety – Level 2
  • Food Safety – Level 3
  • Health & Safety – Level 1
  • Health & Safety – Level 2
  • Health & Safety – Level 3

General e-Learning:

  • Conflict Management
  • Communication
  • Team Work

Find out more: www.southamptonfc.com/saints-learning/courses/accredited-qualifications


Out of area support

Do you need support finding work but live outside of Southampton? Check out these job clubs and support services from elsewhere in Hampshire



Portsmouth City Council Employment and Skills

The Employment and Skills provision supports individuals and local business through a range of targeted programmes. All participants also benefit from additional support from our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator who can support a range of healthy living initiatives including weight management and smoking cessation work.

Our experienced Employment Advisors work with people to help them overcome barriers to employment through a range of funded programmes. This can include helping individuals to consider new approaches to work, new career options and retraining as well as supporting direct job search activities.

We support local employers to recruit, often working with them to consider diversifying their workforce to support individuals with disabilities enter the employment market.

Support for the unemployed – Our fully-supported service works with employers to help recruit and retain staff to enrich your workforce. Our employment, learning and skills department deliver government-funded programmes to support those facing barriers to employment, including disabilities. Individuals can join these programmes by getting in touch, or can be referred through the Job Centre

Construction Skills Fund – This unique training opportunity for unemployed individuals aged 18+ provides a 2 week course to obtain their CSCS cards.

CSCS Cards – For those with industry experience a short course experience is available at costs to support individuals into work. Please apply for current prices.

Contact details


The You Trust

Young Lives

For further information, please contact:

  • For the New Forest area, telephone: 02380 668441
  • For the Dorset area, telephone: 01305 789028 or 01305 213783

New Forest and Dorset Young People

Our vision is for every young person to become a positive force for change in their own life, and the lives of others, whatever their background or circumstance. In this way they will make a successful transition to adulthood with the capabilities they need to become happy, healthy, valued members of the community, fully equipped to access employment and achieve their aspirations. We give young people the tools they need for life, work and a better future through having a voice so they can influence the world around them. We create innovative and inspiring programmes in partnership with young people and deliver them to community-cased and targeted youth organisations. Through key-working, we help young people to:

  • Work in staying safe
  • Manage their accommodation
  • Find work
  • Develop life skills
  • Avoid isolation
  • Prepare for more independent living
  • Get into college
  • Find a job
  • Join a sports or social club

theyoutrust.org.uk/service/young-people


RCS Services

A community organisation that works across Hampshire to deliver support and opportunities for people. We pride ourselves on supplying a quality service by utilising our own expertise, as well as the expertise of our many partners, to achieve the common goal to improve the wellbeing and life experiences of the community around us.

RCS offer a vast range of courses in a wide number of locations around Hampshire – www.rcsservices.org.uk/our-courses/4588191187

Employment Training Programme covering Andover, Romsey and Basingstoke – www.rcsservices.org.uk/employment-training-programme/4594783105

Phone: Romsey – 01794 522106
Andover – 01264 359223

Email: enquiries.rcs123@gmail.com
longmeadow.rcs@gmail.com (Andover office)

www.rcsservices.org.uk/home/4587590637


Seetec Pluss

Areas Covered: Gosport, Havant & Newport

Call: 0800 334 5525

Email: employment.bureau@pluss.org.uk


Hampshire County Council

A new helpline is now available to provide information and advice, as well as practical support to frail or vulnerable Hampshire residents.

The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline – Hantshelp4vulnerable – can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. (Calls charged at local rate.) Or you can request a call-back from the helpline by completing the call-back request form.

The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need assistance with practical issues.

Please note the service is for people currently residing in the county of Hampshire. If you are a resident of Southampton, Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight, and call the number above, you will be signposted to their respective local support numbers.

www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus/volunteer-welfare


Hive Portsmouth

Hive Portsmouth is currently dedicated to supporting our most vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are an individual in need of help please call the helpline:
Portsmouth Residents in PO1 – PO6 postcodes:
☏ Helpline: 023 9261 6709 (Lines are open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday)

Residents in other PO postcodes:
☏ The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline
Hantshelp4vulnerable – can be contacted on 0333 370 4000 (Lines are open 9am-5pm)

hiveportsmouth.org.uk/covid-1


Kooth digital counselling and emotional wellbeing service available for young people

Health and Care Portsmouth has commissioned the online counselling service Kooth, a service delivered by Kooth Plc. Kooth is now an integral component of Portsmouth’s mental health provision offeringadigital counselling and emotional wellbeing service for young people from January 2021.

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Portsmouth with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. By accessing Kooth young people can benefit from:

  • A free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online.
  • Out of hours’ availability. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.
  • Online counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions.
  • Discussion boards which are all pre-moderated allow young people to access peer to peer support.
  • Online magazine full of moderated articles many of which are submitted by young people offering advice and guidance on a huge range of topics.
  • No referral is required. Young people can register for kooth independently at www.kooth.com.

You can also view a short video about the service by following this link.


Project UP (Unlimited Potential)

Abri are launching a new venture called Project UP (Unlimited Potential).  Funded through the European Social Fund and match funded by Abri, Project UP offers free expert support, training and advice for people who are looking to secure employment, gain new skills for work and improve their confidence.  Our initial focus is on Gosport, Portsmouth, Millbrook and Mansbridge, but if you have customers that live in the wider Solent LEP area we can also support them.  Anyone who is unemployed or economically inactive can benefit from 1to1 career advice, access to a local job club run in partnership with SEHCO (South East Hampshire Community Outlook), job opportunities with local employers and the chance to attend our inhouse programme of employability, self-employment, wellbeing and confidence training webinars.  To find out more either respond to this email or contact us at estsupport@abri.co.uk, call 0800 432 0570

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