What We Do
We are an urban regeneration charity with the aim of improving the social and economic well-being of people and communities in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant. We work with deprived communities and neglected groups and the organisations that support them.
The objectives of the charitable company are:
- Develop the capacities and skills of socially and economically excluded and disadvantaged groups and individuals in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet their needs and participate more fully in society; and
- Promote for the public benefit urban regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation.
The charity was established in June 2007 and is also a company limited by guarantee. Our office is in Portsmouth Guildhall.
The Partnership Foundation was formed in 2008. It’s early programme was the Business Champions. This linked local business leaders to community projects. At it’s height, 100 business leaders from across SE Hampshire worked with 60 community projects on a range of initiatives that helped the voluntary organisations carry out their work more effectively.
In 2009 the Partnership Foundation won a contract to deliver the Future Jobs Fund. This was part of a government initiative that provided short-term employment to 18 to 24 year olds. Over the next two years the Foundation’s programme provided over 100 young people with jobs for 6 months with creative and cultural organisations in the not for profit sector. The Foundation also formed the Bionic Engineers, a team of young workers who improved a series of dilapidated shops in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, creating the first pop-up shop in the city.
Government funding for the Future Jobs Fund ceased and the programme came to an end.
Building the charity’s reserves and sustainability. Strategic review of future actions and spending.
In 2015 the Foundation created its first grant fund to support the growth of social enterprises across the area.
In 2016 we launched the Community Projects Fund.