Sadness as Portsmouth charity closes

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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FOR 70 years it provided training for people who wanted to learn how to run their own community group.

But today the doors have been locked for good at the offices of Community First For Portsmouth, in Commercial Road, Landport.

The charity cannot run any longer because it has been put into liquidation.

As well as teaching people how to take meetings and record minutes, the charity was contracted by the city council to provide transport for elderly and disabled people. These services were in the form of Dial A Ride, which will now be taken on by Pete’s Airlink Limited, and Shopmobility, which will now be run by Portsmouth Disability Forum.

Barbara O’Sullivan, 50, who worked for the charity until last August, said: It’s so sad to see it go.

‘It did so much for the community. It will be missed.’

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