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MacMillan Big Coffee Morning 2018

October 15th, 2018

The blue skies and sunshine on Friday 29th September made a beautiful backdrop for the Big Coffee Morning held at St. Monica’s House.  

With home-made cakes by Residents, Staff and Committee Members along with lots of cups of tea and coffee, everyone had a wonderful time raising money for MacMillan.  Along with the delicious treats a raffle and competitions with lots of prizes made the event a lot of fun.

All the home-made bakes were entered into a “Bake-Off” vote with the chocolate Hedgehog cake baker winning the title of Star Baker.



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The sale of cakes, tea, coffee and raffle tickets

 raised an incredible £130 

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Thank you to everyone who came along and made it a fun morning.



News Letter – Summer 2018

July 2nd, 2018



The work started by the women of the Free Churches back in 1911 continues today and it has been a busy year for the Housing Association.  In the twelve months from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 a total of 55 families and 9 single women were accommodated in the Association’s three hostels.  The average length of stay for families is between 6 and 12 months. Single women tend to stay for longer periods of time as the move on options for them are very limited.

As mentioned in our previous newsletter due to the shortage of affordable accommodation for young families the decision had been made to purchase a three bedroom property.  This was completed at the end of March and a family with two children moved in at the beginning of April.


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Mrs. Elspeth Lynch Chairman of the Housing Association presenting the keys to the tenant of the new property



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February News Letter

February 21st, 2018



Portsmouth Churches Housing Association has been providing support and accommodation, in our three hostels, for women and children in Portsmouth for over 100 years.  At the end of last year we were very pleased to be included in the Churches Homeless Action vouchers for Christmas scheme. Residents and staff attended a special service in St. Mary’s Church, Fratton to collect the supermarket vouchers, which had been donated by members of the public.  The vouchers were distributed to all residents for Christmas.  In addition, Management Committee members had agreed that rather than exchange Christmas cards to each other they would donate money which could be used to buy gifts for the residents of Somers Road, a hostel for single women.  The vouchers and gifts were distributed during a coffee morning organised by the residents, which everyone enjoyed.

At the start of this year the Management Committee members recognised that there is still a desperate shortage of decent affordable accommodation for single women and young families. It was decided that the Association would purchase a three bedroom house for one of our young families, who is currently in a two bedroom property.  A new family will be moving into the smaller property very soon.  Needless to say both families are delighted.

Finally, we are very pleased to have received a donation of toiletries, food and cleaning material from CHIMES (Churches together in Milton, Eastney and Southsea).  I would like to thank everyone involved for thinking of us and our residents.



Christmas Tree Festival

February 20th, 2017

Fareham Methodist Church recently held its  Annual Christmas Tree Festival.  The festival displays trees decorated by various groups, one of which belonged to the Fareham URC Women’s Breakfast Group.

The Women’s Breakfast Group theme for their Christmas Tree was the Portsmouth Churches Housing Association and our work with homeless families.


The tree was decorated with candles inside pink and blue handmade houses with the Association’s Logo on the roof.  Cardboard baubles printed with some of the Residents’ children thumb-prints also decorated the tree.

The sale of handmade Christmas decorations and lucky dip raffle raised £54.89 which was donated to PCHA towards our work in the hostels.





October 12th, 2015

A big Thank You to the lovely family that recently popped into our Head Office with this fantastic donation of young children’s toys.



We always welcome donations of toys, clothes, food as well as money.  We alway ensure that these fantastic gifts are distributed throughout our hostels.  These items are always very much appreciated by all the families living in our hostels.

Bring and Buy Sale

October 12th, 2015

Margaret Henderson held a coffee morning in Fareham in June, in aid of the PCHA. Nearly £300 was raised at the coffee morning and subsequent sale at Fareham United Reformed Church.

People donated goods to be sold, with scones and cakes too!


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Looking for Volunteer Committee Members

January 29th, 2014

Can you spare two hours a month to help homeless families in Portsmouth?

We are looking for volunteer Committee Members to help develop our work providing housing, care and support.

We are looking for new members to serve on the Management Committee, especially people with experience in providing care services or in handling finances and a compassion towards the homeless.

The members of our Management Committee bring a variety of skills and professional experience to the task of governing the Association, overseeing its work and ensuring that it provides good quality services.

If this appeals to you and you’d like to know more, please contact

Sue Brotherston, 20 Fratton Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5BX

or email

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