Published on Friday, 9th June 2017


The City Council is actively pushing volunteering as a means of strengthening society. The Portsmouth Together programme has been running for three years now, with a focus on making it easy for people to find voluntary activities for their spare time. Some areas of the council have for many years benefited from large numbers of volunteer helpers, particularly libraries and museums, but the emphasis isn’t just (or mainly) on helping the council but rather it is on encouraging people to give time to projects of all kinds.


With this in mind, the council has teamed up with ValueYou to provide rewards to people who put in a hundred hours of voluntary effort. A ValueYou card gives discounts in participating local businesses – in Portsmouth, 22 have signed up, ranging from coffee shops, to a florist and a shoe repairer; six are in Albert Road. Typically a card holder receives 10% off as a thank you for their efforts, while the business owner hopefully engenders greater loyalty from their customers.


The ValueYou model originated in London, where some hundreds of independent traders support the scheme. Officers at the City Council have spoken to scores of local businesses, seeking their support. To register for a card, go to


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