Access Southampton Events & Training Calendar
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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.
In this section:
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
Babington Free Online Courses – programmes and qualifications available for remote learning and fully available online, supported by specialist trainers
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
Prince’s Trust Team programme (16-25 year olds)
A 12-week personal development programme to help you gain the skills, experience and qualifications to help achieve your goals. This is a face-to-face opportunity for young people to take part in a wide range of activities such as a residential, work experience, fundraising & project work.
Start Dates & Locations
- Portsmouth, with Highbury College – 27th September
- Southampton, with Hampshire and IOW Fire & Rescue Service – 27th September
- Basingstoke, with Hampshire and IOW Fire & Rescue Service – 27th September
- Poole, with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service – 27th September
- Weymouth, with Weymouth College – 27th September
Southampton Youth Employment Forum
When: Tuesday 28th September 2021 5pm-7pm
Tuesday 28th September 2021 will mark our first Youth Employment Forum, held to get feedback from young people working or looking for work
Are you aged 16-30? Do you want to have your say on the job market in Southampton?
Southampton City Council’s Young Adults Employment Hub are hosting a Youth Employment Forum for young people who work or are looking for work in Southampton on Tuesday 28th September 2021, 5pm-7pm in the Seminar Room, Central Library, Southampton, SO14 7LW.
We want to hear young people’s voices to help us develop our service and make Southampton a place where young people can thrive in their careers. If you’re looking for work, an apprentice, doing a Kickstart placement, a school, college or university leaver or are already working, we want to hear your thoughts on what makes Southampton a great place to live and work, and what could be improved to help young people get the best start in their careers. This will be an opportunity to:
- Make your voice heard
- Share your experiences of looking for work in Southampton
- Help us improve our Young Adults Employment Hub to help us help young people looking for work
- Find out more about employment support opportunities
- Give your feedback on the employment market in Southampton
Register on Eventbrite: https://southampton-youth-employment-forum.eventbrite.co.uk
Christmas Recruitment Workshop
When: Wednesday 29th September @ 10AM – 11AM
Joining The Civil Service Workshop
When: Wednesday 29th September @ 10AM – 11:30AM
Google IT Support Certificate (18-30 year olds)
When: Rolling intake until the end of September 2021
Where: Virtual, any location
Delivered in partnership with INCO Academy, this programme will support young people through the learning required to gain a Google IT Support Certificate on the Coursera platform as well as providing up to six months of follow on support to help them identify a role in the IT sector. This is a self-led programme with structured group training sessions, young people can expect to complete the programme within three months.
What is community interpreting? Pathways taster-C3747433
When: Friday 1stt October 2021. 9:30-11:30am
This taster session will help students understand key aspects of the work of a community interpreter and decide if they would like to do an accredited Level 1 Community Interpreting course.
Waves of Change
When: Starts 5th October 2021
Carnival Contact Centre Operations Open Day – homeworking opportunities available!
When: 7th October 2021, 6pm
Carnival UK are hosting another virtual open evening for our Contact Centre.
On October 7th starting at 18:00, CUK will show you what life in the contact centre is all about.
There will be detailed explanations of the roles that are currently available on the careers site and a chance to speak to our advisors currently in those roles, to get your questions answered by those who know it best!
Talks and presentations explaining the exciting work we do each day, the benefits of working for the UK’s leading cruise company, and how we’ve adapted during the last 18 months.
There will also be people on hand to help you with your application, and what to expect when applying, if you decide to start your career at CUK,
We have homeworking and hybrid opportunities available however please note we are unable to offer working from outside of the UK, so you must be a UK resident to take up this offer.
If interested please click here to register your attendance and we will send you further details.
Community Interpreting Initial Assessment-C3747434
When: Friday 8th October 2021 9.30-12.30
During the session we will discuss your skills and experience with you, talk to you about the courses available and ask you to complete a task to see which course is right for you. We will talk to you about our courses and provide you with information about the work you will need to complete during your studies.
When: 12th – 14th October 2021, 10am-3pm
We’re pleased to announce we will be running a free Employability Course for people who want to develop their employability skills and start preparing to look for work. The course will be delivered in person in our training room in Central Library.
Dates and times:
- Tuesday 12th October 10am-3pm
- Wednesday 13th October 10am-3pm
- Thursday 14thh October 10am-3pm
Venue:Seminar Room, Central Library, Southampton, SO14 7LW
The course is free for anyone aged 19+ and living in or around Southampton.
The aim of this course is to improve your confidence around getting a job and develop your employability skills. This course acts as an introduction to employability, or to refresh existing knowledge for people who have been out of work or are looking to change their career. The course is fun and relaxed and acts as a stepping stone to accredited employability courses.
After the course, learners will have the opportunity to receive ongoing support from other Employment Support Team projects.
Over the 3 sessions, the course will aim to:
- Improve learners’ confidence and motivation
- Support learners with CV writing
- Teach job application tips and tricks
- Develop interview techniques
- Help learners plan to move into paid work, volunteering or education
Book an enrolment session on Eventbrite: https://employability-training-september.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07811 165534.
Get Ready for Uni: Parent & Carer Event
When: 14th October 2021 6.30pm-8pm
The online event has been designed to make understanding the journey to university clearer for parents/carers of young people in year 10 – 13. Parents/carers can book their place here: https://gck.fm/syzkf
Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter-C3747435
When: Starting Friday 15th October for 8 weeks 9.30-12:30
The course is aimed at students who are interested in a career in Community Interpreting. It offers the opportunity for students who are speakers of other languages to learn about the role of a community interpreter.
SETA Workshop Taster Day
When: Saturday 13th November 2021, 10am-2:30pm
If you’re thinking of a career in Engineering, and want to have a go and actually get hands on, hear about current apprenticeship vacancies, then don’t miss SETA’s next Workshop Taster Day by registering here:
SETA – Training for Industry – Open Evenings (setatraining.co.uk)
You will be able to chat to staff and current apprentices, find out what its really like to be studying at SETA, what an apprenticeship actually involves and see whether you think it could be for you.
But the best bit is you’ll actually be able to get hands on with various engineering activities and see if it is something for you!
Stay for the whole duration, or for as long as you want! Have a go at different engineering activities, overseen by experienced instructors.
Anticipated activities include:
~ Fluid Power
~ Mechanical Fitting
~ Sheet Metal
~ Electrical Wiring
~ Computer Aided Design
~Find out about “Life as an Apprentice”
~ Information on applying for an apprenticeship
Please note that if you are under 18 then you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Everyone (including parents or guardians) entering the workshop must wear strong or sturdy shoes (no flip flops), and must not have bare legs.
Southampton Jobs Fair
When: Friday 26th November 2021 10am-1pm
The Southampton Jobs Fair returns on Friday 26th November 2021 at St Marys Stadium, 10am to 1pm.
The Jobs Fair is free to attend for all job seekers.
Speak face-to-face with various local and national employers at this one-day event. Recruiters will be from a variety of different industries on the day.
For more information please visit
Southampton Jobs Fair Tickets, Fri 26 Nov 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
Leonard Cheshire Digital Skills and Employability Courses
When: September and October 2021
These courses are free to people with disabilities and / or long term health conditions and you can sign up by completing our online form: Register for Digital Inclusion training courses (microsoft.com)
We have more details of our courses on our Padlet: https://padlet.com/LCdigitalinclusion/autumn2021
To book on a course, please visit our booking system HERE – please note that spaces are limited, and registration does not guarantee a place. We will confirm your place and what you need to take part in each session. Your tutor will also send you the Zoom link for the session, normally the day before the session.
Tues. 14th, 21st, 28th Sept and 5th Oct at 10.00am– you need to attend 4 sessions: Microsoft Powerpoint Beginners – Open, add and duplicate slides; Add and format text; Use basic transitions between slides; Organise slides; Insert and format pictures and shapes; Apply animations to objects
Weds.15th, 22nd, 29th Sept and 6th Oct at 10.00am– you need to attend 4 sessions: Powerpoint Next Steps – Modifying pictures & shapes; Using animations; Embed and edit videos; Add and modify a table; SmartArt
Tues.14th, 21st, 28th Sept and 5th Oct at 2.00pm- you need to attend 4 sessions: Microsoft Word Beginners – Font size and style; page numbers; bullet points and numbers; Adding new pages; Inserting pictures, shapes, tables/graphs; Sorting data alphabetically
Weds. 15th, 22nd, 29th Sept and 6th Oct at 2.00pm– you need to attend 4 sessions: Microsoft Word Next Steps – Aligning text; Margins and line spacing; Altering pictures and tables; Chapters and headings; Table of Contents; References, Comments and Footnotes; Print layout; Creating Folders
Thurs. 16th, 23rd, 30th Sept and 7th Oct at 10.00am- you need to attend 4 sessions: Microsoft Excel Beginners on a Laptop – Creating, saving and opening a Workbook; formatting text, numbers, rows and columns; entering, editing, filtering and sorting data; using basic formula
Thurs. 23rd, 30th Sept and 7th, 21st Oct at 2.00pm- you need to attend 4 sessions: Microsoft Excel Next Steps on a Laptop – using formulae for calculations; sort and filter data; apply conditional formatting; create charts; use Excel for everyday tasks, such as planning and budgeting
Weds. 15th, 22nd, 29th Sept, 6th and 13th Oct at 3.30pm- you need to attend 5 sessions: Google Apps – Gmail; Google Drive; Google Docs; Google Sheets; Google Slides; other applications Google offer
Wednesday 13th October, 10.00am: Using Skype – How to download Skype; add contacts; make a video call; how to use chat
Thursday 14th October, 10.00am: Using IT to plan a journey – Apps and websites to help you plan; how long your journey will take; What you need to book; Safety and steps to take on the day of your journey.
Tues.19th October, 10.00am: Professionalism Online – What might a future employer find out when they search you online?; Presenting yourself well on a video call; Online netiquette when using digital communication; Improving your digital footprint using social media privacy settings
Tues. 19th October, 2.00pm Uploading CVs to jobsites – Formatting your CV; Which jobsites could we use?; How to search for a job that suits you; Creating job alerts; Uploading your CV and submitting your application
Tuesday 19th October, 3.30pm Looking after your digital footprint – The information other people can see about you online; The impact this information might have; How to check your privacy settings on sites such as Facebook; Considerations about what information you share and how
Weds. 20th October at 10.00am: Using Zoom – Joining a meeting; Using your camera and microphone; Messaging and sharing; Security and privacy; Setting up a free zoom account; Hosting and scheduling a meeting
Weds. 20th October at 2.00pm: Online Safety – Why we need to stay safe online; How to stay safe online; What to do if something does go wrong online; The “Golden Rules” of the Internet
Weds. 20th October at 3.30pm: Social Media Video Calls – How to initiate a video call; When it is appropriate to video call; How to use camera filters; Camera etiquette
Thurs. 21st October at 10.00am: LinkedIn – Setting up your profile; What information to add and how; How to apply for jobs; How to make connections
College Open Events
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.
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
Find out more about college life and talk to staff and students about the courses on offer.
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)
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
Virtual open event will give the opportunity to preview the facilities and discover the courses on offer.
A chance for prospective students to get a feel for life at Totton College.
Virtual Open Event: www.brock.ac.uk/virtualopenevent
Online showcase introducing you to Fareham College: www.fareham.ac.uk/online-showcase
JBC Skills Training
JBC Skills Training Ltd – Career Builder/Technical IT Training 2021 course dates.
It has been a while since we have been able to offer the course in your area (due to securing funding contracts for the 2021/22 academic year)
If you could share the following info/Post on The Zone it would be very much appreciated.
The JBC IT Career Builder programme is designed to provide unemployed individuals with the knowledge and skills to secure an entry level position in the IT Service sector including positions such as:
- IT Service Technician
- Field Service Engineer
- IT Support Specialist
- Infrastructure Technician
- IT Installations Engineer
- Network Services Technician
- Cloud Services Technician
- IT Security Technician
Our comprehensive, six-week instructor-led programme includes:-
- Daily live lessons and additional support sessions via 3CX/Teams
- 2x City and Guilds Level 2 Diplomas (IT Support and IT Systems & Principles)
- The opportunity to undertake Microsoft Technology Associate qualifications (ordinarily circa £100 per exam. Funded by us through our Microsoft Academy status)
- Sector specific career development workshops and support including, CVs, Interview technique and LinkedIN marketing
The next JBC Skills Training Ltd – Career Builder Programme/Technical IT Training start dates will be:-
Start: 27th September 2021 – End: 5th November 2021
Start: 25th October 2021 – End: 3rd December 2021
Start: 22nd November 2021 – End: 17th January 2022
The training will be delivered remotely/online as a 6-week programme.
The training is available to those who are 19+ and in receipt of benefits/Low-income earner.
Applicants can phone the office on – 024 7671 5143 – Mobile – 07387 266670
Applicants can also complete the online application form –
Once the applicant has contacted me/completed the online application, an initial online interview and assessment will be scheduled to discuss the course in more detail/check suitability.
Upon successful completion of assessment/interview, the applicant will be offered a place on our next available course.
Due to remote/online delivery the applicant must have access to the internet and a PC/laptop.
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 email@example.com
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
- Access eBooks and eAudiobooks with your library membership
- Read your favourite newspapers and magazines with PressReader
Local and Family history
- Sotonopedia is a wiki page maintained by library staff covering the A-Z of Southampton’s history
- The library’s local history & maritime digital archive has 1,000’s of photos, documents, maps and sound clips
- New online story and rhyme times are uploaded every week featuring familiar faces!
- Keep your brain interactive with online quizzes
- Join the Southampton City Libraries digital reading group and join in the online discussion
- Get creative and follow along with our weekly fun craft activities
Staying in touch
For regular updates and activities, follow the library service on social media:
- Southampton City Libraries on Facebook (@SouthamptonCityLibraries)
- Southampton City Libraries on Twitter (@SotonLibraries)
- Sign up for the library newsletter
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:
- Behaviour that Challenges
- Business Administration
- Care and Management of Diabetes
- Care Planning
- Common Childhood Illnesses
- Customer Service
- Dementia Care
- Digital Skills for Work
- Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care
- End of Life Care
- Falls Prevention
- Information, Advice and Guidance
- Lean Organisation Management Techniques
- Mental Health Awareness
- Nutrition and Health
- Retail Operations
- Safeguarding and Prevent
- Team Leading
- Working with Children and Young People with Mental Health Needs
- Working with People with Mental Health Needs
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.
Construction Skills Bootcamps
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 023 8021 1683.
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.
- 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 email@example.com
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.
- 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.
Eastleigh College Online
Free online learning courses from Eastleigh College
Apply in 3 easy steps:
1. Click here to choose your course
2. View course and see online demo
Kiwi Education Funded Courses Now Available
Completed online in 4 weeks. Courses available are:
- Workplace Violence and Harassment
- Climate Change and Environmental Awareness
- Nutrition and Health
- Data Protection and Data Security
- Safeguarding and Prevent
- Cleaning Principles
- Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance
For more information, visit Kiwi Education
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.
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
- Food Safety – Level 1
- Food Safety – Level 2
- Food Safety – Level 3
- Health & Safety – Level 1
- Health & Safety – Level 2
- Health & Safety – Level 3
- Conflict Management
- Team Work
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.
- Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 023 9232 2800
- Visit: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/business/employment-learning-and-skills/employment-and-skills
The You Trust
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
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
Areas Covered: Gosport, Havant & Newport
Call: 0800 334 5525
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.
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)
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 offering a digital 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 in house programme of employability, self-employment, wellbeing and confidence training webinars. To find out more either respond to this email or contact us at email@example.com, call 0800 432 0570