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Local CVS organisations offer a range of services to voluntary and community groups and organisations based in Hampshire, to enable them to carry out their work, achieve their aims and become more effective.  

This website gives information about their services: http://www.hampshirecvs.org.uk/

Across Hampshire there are 11 district level Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) and the Hampshire-wide CVS Action Hampshire (AH). AH is also a Rural Community Council, supporting and enabling initiatives in rural communities.

Portsmouth area is supported by Action Portsmouth

Southampton is covered by Southampton Voluntary Services

Isle of Wight is supported by Community Action Isle of Wight

These charities are members of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action.  

The five primary functions of a CVS are:  

  • Services and support to local voluntary and community organisations (VCOs), providing funding information, support with applications and training.  
  • Liaison between VCOs and other agencies/ partnerships
  • Representing the views of the VCOs on strategic issues
  • Development work and strengthening VCOs 
  • Strategic partnerships and contributing to the development of sustainable community strategies  


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Following the recent Cybercrime seminar in Portsmouth, if your organisation would like to apply for a grant towards gaining Cyber Essentials accreditation, to gain good basic protection from the most common types of internet threats, please download your application form here. The closing date for applications is 28th April 2017.


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As part of Local Welfare Assistance (LWA), £200,000 has been invested in a scheme to help extend the reach of FareShare across Hampshire.


Community groups and organisations who provide breakfast clubs, meals, food parcels, cookery lessons etc. for vulnerable groups and low income families, can sign up to FareShare in Hampshire for a monthly fee and collect FareShare food boxes to provide nutritious food at a fraction of the retail price.


Please click here for more details.