Friendship Centre

Our Portsmouth Friendship Centre is a multi-cultural community centre in the heart of Southsea. It's a social enterprise that 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

Activities at the centre

There are a range of activities taking place at the centre on a weekly or monthly basis, for example:

Classes in:

  • English language and mathematics for speakers of other languages
  • Ballet, tap and modern dance from ages 18 months upwards
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Children’s Arabic and Chinese language

Groups who regularly meet at the centre include:

  • City of Portsmouth Charitable Friends
  • Cornerstone Church
  • Cross Cultural Women’s Group
  • Guinea Community
  • Hampshire Chinese Elder Association Lunch Club
  • Solent Anglo Italian Society
  • Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation
  • Relate Portsmouth

We’re always looking for new groups and activities to enhance our current programme.

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, regular or occasional, 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

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, microphone and sound system and Wi-Fi.

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 range cooker, a large fridge and freezer, microwave, urns and an extensive food preparation area.

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: from £73 per week
  • Dimensions: From 142 sq ft to 533 sq ft

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.