For the latest Government advice, please visit the Government website.
The Council understands that this may be a difficult time for many, but there is help and support out there should you need it:
On the 4th May 2021, new regulations came into effect to help people in problem debt to better manage their finances. If you would like further information or would like to find out if you are eligible, please see our Breathing Space webpage.
If you are struggling to afford food and essentials, or need help paying energy bills, please contact Citizens Advice in the first instance who will be able to refer you to the relevant organisation. They can be contacted by calling 01329 223 117 or online through their website - details below.
Monday, Tuesday: 09.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday, Friday: 09.30am - 3.30pm
For those that are struggling to afford food, residents can get their groceries and provisions once a week at a fraction of the cost by registering to a community pantry. The recommended donation is £5.00 per visit and customers will then receive a minimum of £15 worth of food, including fresh and frozen items, toiletries and household items.
Any family in receipt of free school meals for their child can use the Community Pantries and access affordable food. Please talk to your school in the first instance to access the Community Pantries.
If you are struggling financially, but are not receiving free school meals, please speak with your child's school who can consider whether any financial support can be given. Alternatively, you can contact Citizen Advice Fareham.
There are three community pantries at the following locations. Each of the pantries are run slightly differently and have different registration criteria. Residents are encouraged to contact their local pantry before they visit to check opening days, times and to find out how to register.
Helping the local community in the Western Wards areas including Park Gate, Locks Heath, Priory Park, Warsash, Sarisbury and Titchfield:
- Community Pantry (170 KB)
(Tuesdays and Fridays 9 am–12 noon)
- Shopping for essentials
- Food parcels
- Activity packs
- Posting letters
- A friendly phone call
Here to help the community of Portchester and Fareham:
- Lunch club on Monday and Wednesday at Portchester Methodist Church
- Foodbank (free to those in need ) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-12pm
- Community Food Pantry (a scheme to help families into more independence) Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-12pm
The Back to the Future project aims to help vulnerable people who are struggling to re-engage with their communities following periods of isolation.
It could be helping with someone's first visit to the supermarket since lockdown measures have eased or getting on the bus, to attending a hospital or GP appointment or maybe just having a chat or cup of tea with someone.
Volunteers will provide short term support to individuals, equipping them with the skills and confidence to access the local community.
For more information please contact the Back to the Future team on 023 8090 2424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Medical appointment transport
- Vaccination appointment transport
- Shopping for essentials
- Home help service
- Gardening service
- Help to be able to use the internet
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield.
However, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, and therefore you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable .
The Connect to Support Hampshire website has information to help you on a range of topics, including:
If you have any other questions or queries about help in the community please contact email@example.com
If you would like more information about council services during this time please visit our coronavirus page.