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 hired 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
  • Some limited free car parking is available

Activities at the centre

The following activities currently take place at the centre on a weekly or monthly basis:

Classes in:

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

Groups who regularly meet at the centre include:

  • Cornerstone Church
  • Cross Cultural Women’s Group
  • Hampshire Chinese Elder Association Lunch Club, with activities
  • Solent Anglo Italian Society
  • Minority Women’s Group Portsmouth

Organisations based at the Friendship Centre include:

  • Barber French Associates
  • Cornerstone Church Portsmouth
  • Havant and South Downs College
  • Relate Portsmouth
  • Stone Red Construction

We’re always looking for new groups and activities to enhance our current programme. To book space or make enquiries please call 023 9229 7177.

 You can find the latest activities timetable here.

Meeting facilities at the Friendship Centre

Costs and room sizes

Function room hire rate

  • From £20 per hour
  • Dimensions: 30.9ft x 47.7ft
  • Capacity: 120 standing, 90 seated cabaret-style at tables
  • Large enough to hold a bouncy castle

Breakout rooms can accommodate 12–30 guests, and hiring fee includes use of WiFi, projection screen, 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 range cooker, microwave, urns and an extensive food preparation area.

For more information please call 023 9229 7177.

Meeting room hire rate

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

Teas, coffees and other refreshments can be provided by the Centre.

Office space to let

The centre has permanent office space available to let.

For more information please call 023 9229 7177.

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.

Volunteering at the centre

Volunteering helps to develop new skills and can be a fun way to meet people and make new friends.  We welcome regular or occasional volunteers at the centre for:

  • 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.