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The first Imagine Portsmouth community award winner is LifeHouse.

LifeHouse were announced as the winner at the Shaping Portsmouth conference on 27 January.

The nominees were put forward by the city vision partner board organisations, recognising organisations that had made a significant difference to helping local people and communities with the challenges created by the rising cost of living and that embody the values of Portsmouth’s vision for 2040: collaboration, community. equality, respect, and innovation.

LifeHouse were selected as the winner by a panel of judges from partner board organisations, in recognition of their work helping some of the most marginalised people in our community.


Cllr Steve Pitt, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said:

“I am honoured to present the first Imagine Portsmouth community award to LifeHouse on behalf of the city vision partner board. Having seen the work the team at LifeHouse do over many years, I know what a huge difference they make to some of those who are most in need in our community and so how very much they deserve the recognition from this award.

It is great to be able to recognise and raise awareness of the extremely valuable work done by voluntary and community organisations in the city as part of the Shaping Portsmouth conference, and I hope even more businesses will see ways they can help.”


Mike Morell, manager at LifeHouse, said:

“We have been delighted and humbled to receive the first Imagine Portsmouth community award for our work in the city. We know lots of people are struggling with the rising cost of living and we are working to support as many people in need as we can, providing around 300 to 400 food parcels a month. We already know what we do makes a big difference to the people we help, but when the work done by LifeHouse is recognised more widely through something like this award it makes such a big difference to us, and to our excellent team of volunteers, and it spurs us on to do even more.

If people would like to help us with our work, we’d love to hear from anyone who would like to join our dedicated team of volunteers, and we always need donations of fresh and non-perishable food. We regularly put lists of what we need on social media so give us a follow on Facebook and Instagram and see whether you can help.”

For more information about Lifehouse, including ways to support their work and lists of the food items they need, visit

British Red Cross Support at Home Service

British Red Cross, Support at Home provides short-term support to people that aims to prevent hospital admission, keep them well at home and regain independence. The service offers practical and emotional support, whether that’s stocking the fridge, making the home safe, or re-building confidence. The Portsmouth service is part of a local collective which works collaboratively with community partners to achieve improvements and access to health and care pathways. Thanks to donors, supporters and charity partnerships over the years, the service has been able to help vulnerable people return home from hospital and live independently at home. The service believes connected communities are stronger communities, which is why corporate partnerships are so important in the work that they do.

Citizens’ Advice Portsmouth Specialist immigration service

The refugee/asylum seeker journey is well documented. The vast majority of those who settle in Portsmouth have fled violence and persecution. First generation migrants are at a higher risk of mental ill-health and PTSD problems, can feel isolated and alone and do not know where to turn for assistance and support. This is where CAP’s specialist immigration service comes in. The service is free, confidential, and impartial and has a become a lifeline for those who understandably cannot afford solicitors fees. However, it is an unfunded service, that has seen a 70% increase in client numbers in the last 12 months and is struggling with demand.


Lifehouse’s mission is to help those outside mainstream society to combat homelessness and addiction, prioritising rough sleepers. They also provide a friendly food kitchen and diner, giving space to people in need from all ages and backgrounds, whatever difficulties they are facing, and making time to talk to their guests about their concerns and the challenges they face. Lifehouse is open three days a week offering free, nutritious hot meals and food parcels, as well as clothes, shoes, toiletries, sleeping bags and other equipment. The service also provides free counselling, expert help with benefits, letters and official documents, and access to a professional advisor in partnership with Advice Portsmouth.

The service needs everything from sponsorship to help with long-term projects like improvements to their facilities to donations of food, clothing and equipment. If you would like to help, please contact Mike at

Moving on Project Portsmouth

MOPP is a small local registered charity working with many service providers to ensure residents taking on a new tenancy or who are experiencing financial difficulties have access to good clean serviceable second-hand furniture and household items. Since March 2017 MOPP has helped over 3,500 families in the Portsmouth area. MOPP is a totally volunteer run project. MOPP take donations of good quality second-hand furniture and small household items and working with service providers by way of a referral process, ensure the most vulnerable residents who are experiencing financial hardship are able to acquire or replace household items.

Pamodzi Creatives – The Inspirational Women of Portsmouth project

Pamodzi Creatives celebrates inspirational local stories and collaborates with creatives to challenge, affirm and inspire our communities. Pamodzi is a community interest company with a community of volunteers focused on creative schools engagement, community projects and the Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Project which includes storytelling projects, a podcast series, filmed conversations and an annual award event. The awards celebrate individuals making a positive impact within their communities, whatever the context. The awards don’t use the term winners, as they recognise that behind every woman or girl making a positive impact to her community is a tribe of people supporting her in different ways, and the award is the product of a whole tribe. This year’s award event will take place on Friday 10 March at The Guildhall, Portsmouth and tickets are now available.

Trussell Trust Portsmouth foodbank, King’s Church

Part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks, Portsmouth Foodbank provides three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food to local people in crisis. The project, founded by local churches, community groups and individuals, takes donations of non-perishable, in-date food which are checked and packed by a team of around 60 volunteers and given to people in need. Volunteers are also on hand for a chat over a warm drink, and the foodbank advisor from Citizens’ Advice Portsmouth is on hand two days a week to help clients The service fed almost 10,000 people in 21/22, of which almost 3,000 were children, and demand is increasing. Fundraising, food shopping and raising awareness are the most helpful ways to support Portsmouth Foodbank.

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