Comfort and Joy: How you can help people in Portsmouth this Christmas

THIS Christmas you can support vulnerable people across Portsmouth with a simple gift.

Friday, 23rd November 2018, 6:46 am
Updated Friday, 23rd November 2018, 8:02 am
Bags of gift cards being handed out at last year's Comfort and Joy Christmas Campaign ceremony in St Mary's Church, Fratton. Picture : Habibur Rahman

The News has partnered up with the church again to launch this year's Comfort and Joy campaign which supports 11 organisations throughout the city and surrounding areas.

Residents are encouraged to make a difference to people's lives locally by purchasing supermarket gift cards and a Christmas card.

The organisations you will be helping: 

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- Society of St James: Direct access day centre for homeless people and other services

- Two Saints: For homeless people in Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth

- Friends Without Borders: Support for asylum seekers whilst their applications are processed

- Hope House (The Salvation Army): Provides support for homeless people

- Portsmouth Churches Housing Association: Runs three hostels for the homeless

- Portsmouth Foyer Younger Persons: Equips vulnerable people with life skills

- Portsmouth Refuge (Portsmouth Domestic Abuse Service): Provides accommodation for women and children

- St Simon's Church: Provides meals and support for homeless people 

- Southern Domestic Abuse Service: Provides emergency respite for women and children 

- The LifeHouse: A drop-in for people whose lives are affected by homelessness and addiction 

- Roberts Centre: Supports over 1000 families in the Portsmouth area 


How to donate: 

- Buy a Christmas card and write a message (please do not put your name and


- Purchase a supermarket voucher of £5

- Put the gift card into the Christmas card, but do not seal the envelope

- Place in a large envelope (seal this one)

This envelope can be taken to a Comfort and Joy post box in Tesco Fratton, North Harbour, Fareham or Gosport.

Or send to Deanery office, St Faith's Church, Crasswell Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1HT