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Health Development Offer

Health Development Officers

Marshada and Holly are the Health Development Officers for the PYC Service with backgrounds in community development and public health. They deliver training around mental health, behaviour change, restorative practice, and safeguarding awareness. They also support the service with different projects that focus on health & wellbeing and link in with local and national wellbeing campaigns to support their delivery.

Food & Health Project Worker

Lin supports the PYC staff to deliver healthy food and growing initiatives to benefit the children, young people, and families accessing our service. From cultural cooking sessions to learning about sowing seeds at home, Lin is here to empower people to eat more healthily and encourage local communities to think more sustainably about food.

Check out Lin’s videos above on how to grow and cook with Curley Kale…

Holiday Food & Fun programme

Our Holiday Food & Fun programme aims to improve family nutrition and wellbeing, whilst reducing some of the financial pressure and emotional strain on people. We provide access to food and healthy eating information across all the PYC sites, particularly during the school holidays when we all need that bit of extra energy!

This is all done through using different surplus foods that are available and educating families to eat well and live longer, happier lives.

Eat them to Defeat them!

Our PYC services have been taking part in the Veg Power campaign over the last few years. It’s mission is to help children eat more vegetables so we offer cooking sessions across out play & youth sites and provide useful recipes for families to take home.

Find out more about the campaign by checking out their video here.

Mental Health support

We understand how important mental wellbeing is now more than ever! We ensure the PYC workforce is trained in Mental Health First Aid in order to support their local communities to stay well emotionally as well as physically.

You can also find out more about support services on the PCC mental wellbeing page here.

Mental Health Support for Young People (SEMH)

Scan this QR code to find out more about the SEMH guidance, which aims to help children & young people access the right support at the right time..

Alternatively you can click this link to access the SEMH webpage.

You can also search Every Mind Matters for more mental health support or complete this ‘your Mind Plan quiz’…

Drug Alcohol Support Service (DASS)

The DASS works with young people in Portsmouth who are under the age of 19 and using substances. They can meet with a young person in a range of settings (including our youth clubs) and focus on harm reduction techniques. Young people can access support from this service by calling 07951 497898 or emailing the DASS team at

Is This Love?

Is your relationship healthy? Take this quiz aimed at young adults aged 14+ who are currently in a relationship.

If you need support get in touch with the Stop Domestic Abuse service for advice on 02392 065494 or by email. They are open 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm on weekends and bank holidays.

SWGfL Report Harmful Content

The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.

The button has been developed to provide access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an initial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken.

Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.

Wellbeing Service

The Portsmouth Wellbeing Service is here to support you to live life well. Whether you want support to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, or to get to a healthy weight you can contact them by completing this online form, calling 02392 294001 or emailing

Thanks to the PCC...

The local Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) has recently provided us with some funding for 2021/22 in order to provide some valuable support to our children and young people.

This work includes reducing the risk of being exploited and getting involved in anti-social behaviour, whilst raising aspirations and resilience levels through increasing the voice of our young people.

Opening Times

The Health Development Team work Monday to Friday from 8am – 5pm.

How Can We Help?

Need more information about this centre or have a question? Please contact us using the form provided below.

Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices
07554 223734 or 07554 223750