New advice centre for the elderly opens up in Portsmouth

SERVICE Hannah Joyce from the new charity Personal Choice with Brian Porter.  Picture: Steve Reid (120546-513)
SERVICE Hannah Joyce from the new charity Personal Choice with Brian Porter. Picture: Steve Reid (120546-513)
Devida Bushrod (front) with (l-r) Maddy Bushrod (13),  Devida's husband Jason, Mark Loudon (nine), mum Sarah Loudon, Ruth Loudon (10), and Angela Kerfoot. Picture Ian Hargreaves  (171556-1)

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AN advice centre for elderly people in Portsmouth has opened in the city.

Personal Choice, at the Oasis Centre, on Upper Arundel Street, Portsmouth, offers services to improve the independence of elderly people.

The charity provides professional advice on anything from finances to access to carers.

And it also holds occasional coffee mornings and social events.

Hannah Joyce, one of the centre’s advisers, said: ‘There are not enough chances out there for elderly people to socialise and that is something we want to change.

‘We offer a safe environment for them to get together and enjoy being in each others’ company.

‘We also want to be a friendly face, because sometimes people find it difficult to ask for help so it’s important that they know we are here to help them in whatever way we can.’ See personalchoicecharity.org.uk