Communities Against Exploitation Event

Thursday 11th April 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Parents are very welcome to come along to Somerstown Adventure Playground from 1.30pm

Young people are very welcome to come along to  Somerstown Hub/Brook Club – from 1.30pm for free Sports, Workshops and Food .

Come along and learn more about Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE ) and Child Sexual Exploitation  (CSE) from a range of professionals.

The event is for both parents and young people. The aim of the event is to empower parents and young people to recognise and understand the signs and symptoms of exploitation and how to keep safe reducing the risk of exploitation.

There will be workshops, discussions and activities to join in with.

6th Hampshire Social Inclusion Cup

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6th Hampshire Social Inclusion Cup,  will take place on Wednesday 22 May, 9:30am-4:00pm, at Goals Soccer Centre, Tangiers Road, PO3 6QA

Organised by Victory Hants, this is a football tournament for up to 20 teams to play 5-aside football, promoting diversity in our community via social inclusion through sport and leisure. Email to register your interest.

Letter from Home Secretary to all Faith Communities


Please find attached a letter addressed to all faith communities about the steps being taken by the Home Office following events in Christchurch. It confirms an uplift of funding for the next year of the Places of Worship Protective Security Fund to £1.6 million.  The fund will provide financial support to places of worship for the purchase of physical protective security measures such as fencing, lighting and access control.

The Government is also announcing a new £5 million fund over 3 years to provide security training for Places of Worship and will be working closely with communities and faith leaders to develop this new scheme.

Home Sec letter to Faith Communities

Do you know of a local project, event or initiative that would benefit from £500 Safer Together funding?

Police and Crime Commissioner invites bids from Portsmouth projects for Safer Together funding

Organisations operating in the Portsmouth North and South constituency areas are invited to put themselves forward to receive a small grant as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Together event to be held in Cascades Shopping Centre in May 2019.

Schools, community groups and voluntary organisations are all invited to submit a short application to the Police and Crime Commissioner by Monday 15 April 2019 to be in with a chance to win the funding. The applications will then be shortlisted with the top entries being put to the public vote at the Safer Together Event in Cascades Shopping Centre, Commercial Road, Portsmouth on Saturday 18 May 2019. The winning projects will be awarded £500 following the public votes. Continue reading “Do you know of a local project, event or initiative that would benefit from £500 Safer Together funding?”

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March 2019

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity or other forms of exploitation.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to adults who develop inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children. Continue reading “Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March 2019”

Fly-tipper fined £1,000

Kevin Wright drove to Fawcett Road, Southsea last July and dumped about 10 bags of builders’ waste and household rubbish from a flat clearance.

But he was spotted by a resident who had a private security camera fitted on his home. It filmed Wright taking the bags from his car.

The resident contacted Portsmouth City Council, who tracked Wright down using his car licence number and clues found in the rubbish.

Wright, 32, of Thurbern Road, North End, who had been paid to dispose of the waste, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to one offence of fly-tipping, one offence of failing to produce a waste transfer note and one offence of failing to properly complete a waste transfer note.

The court heard that after an arrest warrant was issued, he handed himself in to police and spent more than 30 hours in the cells.

He was fined £1,000 and told to pay £250 towards the council’s costs, plus a £100 victim surcharge.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said: “Flytipping is a disgusting thing to do – it blights people’s neighbourhoods. This was a particularly blatant offence, in broad daylight, on a main road. We’re grateful to the resident who spotted him, and glad that justice has been done.”

Before handing waste over to a private waste disposal service, residents should ask to see its waste carriers licence, and check it is registered.

If residents do not check a service is registered and the waste is fly-tipped, they could be held responsible.

Continue reading “Fly-tipper fined £1,000”

Events for Fairtrade Fortnight


Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs from 25 February-10 March. This year the focus is on the people, particularly women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Numerous events are being planned in Portsmouth and surrounding areas from Wednesday 20 February to Saturday 9 March. Details of events may be found on the Campaign Exchange website.

Wed 20th Feb Fairtrade coffee morning at St Joseph, West St, Havant with pancakes and a Fairtrade workshop.10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Continue reading “Events for Fairtrade Fortnight”