New Portsmouth campaign to improve the city we live in

From left, the Southern Co-op's communication and community engagement manager Jessica Hughes, Portsmouth City Council's chief service officer Brian Bracher and Joanna Bowles, a volunteer for Portsmouth Together. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150202-877)
From left, the Southern Co-op's communication and community engagement manager Jessica Hughes, Portsmouth City Council's chief service officer Brian Bracher and Joanna Bowles, a volunteer for Portsmouth Together. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150202-877)
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NEIGHBOURS across the area are being encouraged to celebrate where they live and make it a better place.

Today marks the launch of the Love Your Street campaign backed by The News – a grants project where people are being urged to work with their neighbours to build stronger local communities.

Residents can apply for grants to use for projects that could make a change for the better in a street or small neighbourhood.

It could be creating a community garden, cleaning up a derelict area or street, or planting some trees.

It is linked to Portsmouth Together, a Portsmouth City Council project that looks to get more volunteers to help improve where they live.

Councillor Steven Wylie, city Lord Mayor and an ambassador for Portsmouth Together said: ‘The Love Your Street initiative provides a great opportunity to do something in your local community, meet your neighbours and make where you live better and safer for all.

‘I urge everyone to get involved and help make this city a better place for all.’

Brian Bracher is the chief service officer for Portsmouth City Council.

He said: ‘We are excited to launch the Love Your Street campaign which we hope will encourage others to work with their neighbours to build stronger communities.

‘We are looking for projects that address important community concerns, involve neighbours working together and will result in concrete and long-lasting improvements.

Jessica Hughes, communications and community engagement manager for The Southern Co-operative, said: ‘We believe in supporting the community and environment, encouraging people to work together to achieve common goals and in turn help others.’

The partners for the campaign are the council, The Southern Co-operative, Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust and Action Portsmouth.

How to get involved

As part of the application process, you must describe a project to improve the lives of people in your community that can be carried out between June and August this year.

You must provide a budget for how you would spend the grant of up to £500, and indicate what city services or support from the council your group wants.

The grant programme seeks to have 30 projects happening across the city and aims to fund to projects in each of the 14 wards of the city.

Groups may be long-standing, newly-established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have charity status.

For an application form, please visit volunteer.portsmouth.gov.uk, email@ volunteer@portsmouth.gov.uk or call (023) 9284 1280.