HIVE Portsmouth brings people together to build a happier, healthier and more connected city. We do this by connecting and supporting individuals, charities and organisations from across the city in order to identify, find solutions to, and respond innovatively to the issues the people of Portsmouth are facing. 

We work:

  • as a co-operative of people and organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Portsmouth;
  • with individuals, voluntary, community organisations and social enterprises across the city to strengthen, support and develop the sector;
  • to enable and support social action on the issues that face people in Portsmouth;
  • innovatively to respond to changes so that people have flexibility and choices about activities and services in their city 


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Hive Portsmouth Hubs

We've opened two voluntary sector hubs in Portsmouth, based in the city centre and in Paulsgrove. We understand that community is just as important as productivity. Our two HIVE Portsmouth Hubs offer co-working, hot-desking, desk rental and charity incubation services. They’re spaces which give local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations the opportunity to share facilities, reduce costs and collaborate on projects. These hubs have been made possible by a generous donation from BAE Systems.


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School Uniform Share Store 

Anyone can get school uniforms free from our Uniform Share Store for schools across Portsmouth. We have hundreds of good quality second hand uniform items, washed, sorted and stored, including PE kit, which have all been washed, sorted and stored in line with public health guidance. Details of how to request uniform items can be found here.

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Community helpdesk

We have a dedicated community helpdesk, located on the ground floor of Portsmouth Central Library which is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm. Our advisors are able to offer guidance about financial support for utility bills, information about where to access free food provision, and help with signposting people with specific enquiries who don’t know where to turn. Please pop in and see how we can support you. The helpline is available 9.30am to 4pm on 023 9400 7124 from Monday to Friday. Or you can email us via

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Supporting the VCSE sector 

The HIVE Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Team supports, connects and equips the sector in Portsmouth. We can provide an overview of the VCSE sector in the city, identify gaps in the service and work with groups and organisations to fill this gap, acting as a conduit in developing relationships and partnerships by bringing organisations and groups together.

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Whatever help you need, the HIVE directory could signpost you to the right place. Search hundreds of groups and organisations supporting our communities across Portsmouth. Whether you're lookking for help at home, support for families, advice about safety, or access to specialist help, you can search by name or by specific categories.


How you can help


There are countless reasons why people volunteer. It's an opportunity to get involved with your local community, to keep your mind active, and to increase your confidence. With a multitude of opportunities, it's a chance to learn new skills, impress employers and improve your health. Most of all it's a chance to make a real difference.

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Be the change

Do you have a great idea to help others, make your community a better place or improve the environment? If you are a new or existing Social Enterprise, Voluntary or Community Group looking for advice or support from starting up to ensuring sustainability, new opportunities and networking. We can help and support you to turn your idea into a reality.

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You can support our work with local people, groups and organisations through PayPal. These donations help make Portsmouth a happier, healthier and more connected city and this ongoing support helps us work with our partners to best meet the needs of our community. This would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters.



Play the Portsmouth Community Lottery 

Portsmouth Community Lottery raises money for local good causes. Buy a ticket and you’re not only giving yourself a chance of winning up to £25,000, you’re also supporting your chosen organisation and many other local charities and voluntary groups. Tickets are only £1 per week, with 60% going to local good causes.


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