Friendship Centre

Our Portsmouth Friendship Centre is a multi-cultural community centre in the heart of Southsea. It can be rented out for meetings and events.

Guests at the Friendship Centre

Facilities for hire

  • A large function hall suitable for events, fitness classes, dance workshops, children’s parties and other celebrations
  • Meeting rooms for training and learning, breakout sessions and individual counselling
  • Permanent office space to let
  • Free car parking is also available

Volunteering at the centre

Volunteering helps to develop new skills and can be a fun way to meet people and make new friends. Our current volunteering opportunities include:

  • Reception: meeting and greeting people, directing them to events and helping with general enquiries
  • Caretaking: setting up and clearing away for meetings, conferences and parties
  • Events: serving refreshments to customers and clearing away
  • Drop-in support: helping with our various leisure activities

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at the centre, please get in touch.

Meeting facilities at the Friendship Centre

Costs and room sizes

Function room hire rate

  • £20 per hour
  • Dimensions: 30.9ft x 47.7ft
  • Capacity: 150 standing, 90 seated cabaret-style at tables

Breakout rooms can accommodate 12–30 guests, and hiring fee includes use of a large projection screen, white board, flipchart stand, microphone and sound system.

Self-catering for events is possible in our commercial kitchen, with a serving hatch directly to the events hall. The kitchen is equipped with a large fridge and freezer, six-ring commercial hob and large oven and a seven-ring wok burner.

Meeting room hire rate

  • £10–£15 per hour
  • Dimensions: From 142 sq ft to 533 sq ft
  • Capacity: Up to 35

Teas, coffees, other refreshments and lunchtime catering can be provided by the centre.

Office space to let

The centre also has permanent office space available to let.

  • Hire rate: £73–£273 per week
  • Dimensions: From 142 sq ft to 533 sq ft
  • Capacity: various

Office furniture is available.

Get in touch or visit

Portsmouth Friendship Centre, Friendship House, Elm Grove, Southsea PO5 1JT
Telephone: 02392 297177
Email: enquiriesfriendshipcentre@guinness.org.uk

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9am–9pm and weekends by arrangement.

Car parking

The Friendship Centre has free car parking available at the rear of the building, which is accessed via Woodpath.