“I have benefitted hugely from Action Hampshire’s expertise and enthusiasm. They are full of ideas and suggestions, have helped us to make all sorts of valuable contacts, and to promote our services. It has been a very inspirational relationship and continues to be so.” Cliff Bembridge (Buckland United Reformed Church)

In 2012, Buckland United Reformed Church came up with a vision of how they would like to support their local community. They wanted to provide a community café, community rooms, conference and business space, and a range of activities such as homework clubs, job clubs and an advice centre. Action Hampshire’s staff in Portsmouth worked with the Church to help them realise their vision. [email protected] is now open for business. They are fundraising for a community café and plan to open [email protected] by Christmas.

“If we hadn’t met the staff from Action Hampshire, we would probably not be in the position we are now. Their expertise, support and encouragement has been fantastic. When I had doubts they always told me to ‘stick with it, you’re doing a great job’, and I’m so glad I have.” Cliff Bembridge (Buckland United Reformed Church)

Service: Action Portsmouth
Reach: During the past year, Action Portsmouth has supported 463 organisations with one-to-one support