Spark aims to reduce loneliness across Portsmouth

Spark's Becki outside Sherlocks Bar

Local group aims to reduce loneliness across Portsmouth


A new community friendship group has been launched in Portsmouth, helping people to reconnect and make friends in a safe and comfortable environment, whilst reducing loneliness throughout the local area.

Spark Community Space, based in Sherlock’s Bar, Southsea, was set up by local lady, Rebecca Clarke-Simmons. The volunteer-run charity works to reach those who are experiencing isolation and loneliness, providing a space where they can become part of a community of support.

Spark Community Space meets every Tuesday and Wednesday at Sherlock’s Bar from 11am-2pm, with local businesses donating food and drinks, and offering volunteers to provide companionship.

Maggie Travis, a caregiver at Home Instead and a volunteer at Spark comments: “The pandemic has presented a really tough time for older and vulnerable people. Having to shield has meant they have had reduced contact with their loved-ones and have become more at risk of isolation and loneliness.

To find out more about Spark Community Space and their weekly meetings, how you can visit or get involved as a volunteer, please email


The above is an extract from the original article on the ExpressFM website.

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