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Since we launched the vision in 2024, organisations from across the city have been working on projects and initiatives that are helping to make the vision a reality for the people and communities of Portsmouth. 

 

This page includes a small sample of the work happening in the city. If your business or organisation has been making a contribution, no matter what the scale, tell us by emailing cityvision@portsmouthcc.gov.uk and we’ll add your story. Every contribution makes a difference. If you send us your logo, we’ll also add your to the official vision partners page. 

Healthy and Happy 

 

In seeking to create a healthy and happy city, collectively we have:

 

  • Grown volunteering in the city – Hive, vol sector 
  • Established rough sleeping drug and alcohol team and homelessness health care – vol sector, council, NHS 
  • Provided free swimming lessons for local schools at the Ravelin Sports Centre – UoP
  • Worked together to support primary care by helping people to look after their own health and care needs – partners working as Health and Care Portsmouth (HCP)
  • Supported health and care workforce development, including through the dental academy and partnership with Kings College to enable medical degrees to be awarded locally – HCP, UoP 
  • Promoted health through football, including through Pompey Get Active, Blue Kitchen, Walking Football and Disability Football – PFC, vol sector  
  • Supported people, including those in fuel poverty, to have warmer more energy efficient homes, including through switched on Portsmouth – PCC, vol sector 
  • Supported people to manage the effects of the rising cost of living – PCC, HCP, vol sector
  • Supported people experiencing mental health issues, including through the mental health hub and the ‘You are not alone’ campaign – HCP, vol sector
  • Created more affordable homes for local people, including by building and buying back council homes – PCC
  • Delivered the Brush Up programme via the Dental Academy to promote good oral health for children, and provided free dentistry, eye checks and prescription glasses for rough sleepers – UoP

Culture and Creativity 

 

In seeking to build a city that is rich in culture and creativity, collectively we have:

 

  • Secured a £650K grant from Arts Council England to develop £1.1m programme to develop talent and inclusion for creatives and communities – Portsmouth Creates, PCC, UoP 
  • Established a multi-cultural festival of dance, music and poetry for refugee week – City of Sanctuary
  • Encouraged citywide participation in art and culture through free events like We Shine, Look-Up Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Arts Festival – Portsmouth Creates, PCC, vol sector 
  • Provided business development support, as well as  trading opportunities for creative businesses through events like We Create – Portsmouth Creates  
  • Continued to work to deliver a £2.8m scheme to improve Victoria Park as part of a new parks and open spaces strategy for the city – PCC
  • Created the Heritage Hub, bringing together researchers and professionals to tackle issues around heritage and conservation – UoP
  • Continued to work to transform the city’s leisure offer including Bransbury Park, King George V playing fields and Hilsea Linear Park, including Hilsea Lido – PCC  
  • Provided on-going support for big events, including Victorious, great South Run and Formula Kite European Championships, as well as hosting the national commemorations for DDay80 – PCC and partners 
  • Delivered the Hidden Voices project, exploring the diverse communities of Portsmouth via audio trails – UoP

Thriving Economy 

 

In working to create a city with a thriving economy, collectively we have: 

 

  • Secured outline planning granted for a scheme in the north of the city centre, up to 2,300 homes, commercial opportunities, walking and cycling, green space – PCC and partners  
  • Delivered improvements to Commercial Road through future High Streets in early 2024 – PCC 
  • Established a new one-stop business support service for SMEs – Shaping Portsmouth, PCC 
  • Created a Female Entrepreneurs Network to support women founders and freelancers – UoP
  • Enabled opportunities for pop-up shops in the Cascades – Cascasdes, Flude, PCC   
  • Developed the cruise market for Portsmouth International Port including working with local businesses on the shore excursion company forum – Shaping Portsmouth, PCC 
  • Delivered on-going work with employers and partners in the city on the Local Skills improvement plan – PCC, partners 
  • Delivered ‘Help to Grow’ management courses to help local businesses boost performance – UoP

Lifelong Learning 

 

In making our city a city of lifelong learning, collectively we have: 

 

  • Established a £1.8m Priority Education Area investment programme launched in June 23, focusing on literacy, maths, attendance, under-performing groups and digital technology – Portsmouth Education Partnership 
  • Created a school readers project to support literacy in schools, and a school uniform project to support school attendance – voluntary sector, HIVE
  • Provided training, support and co-production for families with children with SEND and young adults with SEND – vol sector – Portsmouth Parent Voice, Dynamite 
  • Established a choose employability programme for employment and skills development – Shaping Portsmouth 
  • Delivered short courses and CPD training programmes for adult learners – UoP
  • Created a social care apprenticeship scheme, supporting workforce development for health and social care – PCC, HCP 
  • Supported Literacy Hubs across the city to inspire young people to improve their reading and writing skills – UoP
  • Established the University of Portsmouth Academy Trust, incorporating three city primary schools, to improve educational outcomes and life chances in Portsmouth – UoP

Easy Travel 

 

In making Portsmouth a city with easy travel, collectively we have: 

 

  • Secured £48m of funding to deliver the Bus Service Improvement Plan, transforming bus services in the city for local people – PCC
  • Made plans to introduce 62 electric buses to Portsmouth – PCC, HCC, First Bus, Government 
  • Introduced Beryl bikes and Voi scooters, with almost 800,000 journeys made – PCC 
  • Developed sustainable travel solutions for staff and students – UoP 
  • Introduced a new car club to reduce the need for car ownership in the city – PCC 
  • Delivered community events to encourage cycle use and training – PCC 
  • Looked at options for journeys to football matches – PCC, PFC, Network Rail

Our values

In our city we believe in Equality, Respect, Collaboration, Innovation and Community. 

Working together, we have delivered projects that help to make our city one that is characterised by our city vision values. 

Equality 

 

  • Introduced Sanctuary Ambassadors enable people with lived experience to shape decision-making – City of Sanctuary 
  • Developed women’s football – PFC 
  • Established a disability advisory group to identify and address issues affecting people with physical disabilities – Hive Portsmouth 
  • Supported pupils with SEND to attend mainstream schools – PEP 
  • Contributed to the Portsmouth Black History Group to ensure Portsmouth’s black history is embedded as an integral part of our local history – UoP

Respect 

 

  • Established a citywide programme of high support high challenge relational practice to improve attendance and educational outcomes – PEP
  • Introduced a cost of living service to make sure people in the city are supported with basic needs, including foodbanks – PCC, vol sector
  • Established a group to work towards Portsmouth becoming a University of Sanctuary, including providing fee reductions, scholarships and support and advice for students with refugee status – UoP

Innovation 

 

  • Introduced Digital City work in schools – PEP 
  • Participated in Innovate UK’s Decarbonisation Pathfinder programme – PCC
  • Supported Innovation and Growth in Healthcare Technologies – UoP

Collaboration

 

  • Strengthening relationships within the Children and Young People’s Alliance, encouraging joint, collaborative bids and delivery 
  • Supporting people when they leave hospital/reducing admissions – Hive, vol sector, PCC, NHS
  • £5m programme, funded by Health Determinants Research Collaboration, to reduce health inequalities – PCC, HCP, UoP 
  • Established a strategic partnership agreement between the council and the university, working on key themes around sustainability, health, innovation in economic development and growth, and to support funding bids – PCC/UoP

Community 

 

  • Creating co-working space for the voluntary and community sector, reducing costs and increasing collaboration – Hive, vol sector

Photo courtesy of Sam Luck/Portsmouth Creates

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