Portsmouth Family Welfare Association (PFWA) is a charity that offers a helping hand to families, single parents, people on low incomes, pensioners in need, people seeking asylum and homeless people in the Portsmouth area.

We help with benefit, collect and distribute good clothing, household goods, toys and nursery equipment. We prepare emergency food parcels and work closely with Portsmouth Foodbank and The Trussell Trust as a longstanding official distributor of Foodbank Vouchers.

We need donations so we can continue our work.

If you are able to, please donate as much as you can.

Thank You

A list of things we always need is on our Get Involved page.

"As a council we're all concerned with what appears to be a growing issue of rough sleepers in our city centre. We can't ignore people on our streets and need to find ways to help those who often have complex situations."
Portsmouth councillor Paul Godier [April, 2016]

2,500 in 2015

In 2015 we handled 2,500 cases - a case can be an individual, a single parent or a large family so the actual number of people helped will have been much greater.

Cases are refered to us by Social workers, Mental Health Professionals, Doctors, Midwives, The Probation Service, Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation services, Portsmouth City Council Housing Department, Portsmouth City Council Independent Living Service, Central Point, The Roberts Centre and various other charities. People also approach us independently.

As well as collecting and distributing our own donations we also work closely with Portsmouth Foodbank and The Trussell Trust to provide emergency food to people in crisis in Portsmouth.

For the second year we distributed mountains of rucksacks from the The Rucksack Project to homeless people across the City. Each rucksack contains a sleeping bag, flask, spoon, gloves, hat, fleece, undies, socks and food. These are essential to help those sleeping rough on the streets during the freezing winter months.

At Christmas we prepare age related toy parcels for children. These parcels are made up of new and used toys from public donations and the kind contributions of the Zurich Community Trust. Each parcel helps a parent make Christmas a fun time for their child.


Our President, The Right Worshipful, The Lord Major of Portsmouth discussing the work of Portsmouth Family Welfare Association [2016]

PFWA relies upon a wide donor group to provide us with the extensive range of goods that are essential to help people at time of crisis. All the goods, household items, bedding, clothes, shoes, cots and prams are checked, sorted and stored by our two part-time staff ready for re-distribution. This is recycling at its best!

PFWA aims to make a strong contribution within the framework of Portsmouth City Council's anti-poverty strategy by reaching out to those in crisis and to complement and enhance the activities of other agencies and charities within the city. We always wish to make a positive impact that will help individuals and families re-enter society, be more self sufficient and feel less isolated by their situation.