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Learning Links makes a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of people each year.

Healthwatch Portsmouth

Amplify your voice: we can make sure your views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and watch over health and care services locally in Portsmouth and nationally.

Share your views, concerns and experiences and become an active member to shape the services of tomorrow.

What does Healthwatch do?

We help people get the best out of their local health and social care services; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services that they use.

Our key aims are to:

  • gather views and experiences of local people on the way services are delivered and provided.
  • influence local services based on the evidence that we gather and through our position on the Health and Wellbeing Board in the city.
  • work with Healthwatch England and 152 other Healthwatch organisations to build a national picture of people’s views on health and social care services.
  • provide people with information, advice and support about local health and social care services.
  • give support and guidance to those people that wish to make a complaint  about NHS care.
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Get involved: share your experiences or become a member

Simply by telling us your views, concerns and experiences, both good and bad, you are making a difference.

Additionally, you can become a member of Healthwatch. We keep members up to date with changes that are happening in Portsmouth that affect us, and ask for feedback when decisions to change services are made. By giving your views, we can act on your behalf to influence local services.  We understand that not everyone has lots of time to give and so we operate different levels of membership. We want to connect with as many people as possible:

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About Healthwatch

Healthwatch is the consumer champion for health and care in England. It has significant statutory powers to ensure that the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services.

Healthwatch Portsmouth is part of a national network of 152 Local Healthwatch organisations.

To learn more visit Healthwatch Portsmouth and Healthwatch England

For help and advice:

info@healthwatchportsmouth.co.uk  | 023 9397 7079

Learning Links Health


Mindfulness is the practice of focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

At Learning Links, we know the power of mindfulness. We have three mindfulness sessions per week for staff and advisors.

So what is mindfulness? In its simplest form, mindfulness means awareness. Practising mindfulness offers a way to pay attention to the present moment, calmly acknowledging feelings, sensations and thoughts.

In the workplace, mindfulness can help to reduce stress, anxiety and conflict, and increase emotional intelligence, specifically empathy and self-regulation, while improving communication.  With practice, everyone can learn to develop the inner resources that help us navigate through difficult, stressful situations with more ease and self-control.


Whether we are making someone feel less isolated, building up their self-esteem or showing them that the task is not insurmountable, Learning Links makes a positive impact on the wellbeing of hundreds of people each year.

It is all part of the journey… by asking the right questions, and with our experience, we can help people in many different areas of their lives. Time and time again, feedback from our customers shows how the journey you take by coming to Learning Links is multidimensional and can have a huge impact on wellbeing.

I did work-related courses, lifestyle courses and cognitive behaviour therapy. I’ve seen changes in my lifestyle, diet, and confidence.
I am motivated, I’ve got an updated CV and I’ve been applying for more jobs.
I learnt to deal with things one thing at a time. To relax and take a step back and ‘take a breath’ instead of overreacting all the time.
I feel less lonely now.
I found that my depression and self-esteem have both improved and I now feel much more positive.
I am a lot more confident. I no longer feel helpless and judged as a ‘bad parent’ because of my son’s behaviour.

It is useful to define wellbeing. Here is it a “positive physical, social and mental state; it is not just the absence of pain, discomfort and incapacity. It requires that basic needs are met, that individuals have a sense of purpose, that they feel able to achieve important personal goals and participate in society. It is enhanced by conditions that include supportive personal relationships, strong and inclusive communities, good health, financial and personal security, rewarding employment, and a healthy and attractive environment.”*

We know that wellbeing has far-reaching impact from life expectancy and attitudes to food and exercise, to positive outcomes and brighter futures for individuals and families.  Wellbeing is central to what we do and we will always aim to help or signpost people on their journey to a greater sense of wellbeing.

*Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2010) Measuring Progress: Sustainable Development Indicators 2010

Healthwatch Portsmouth’s involvement was crucial in providing a strong voice of challenge to agencies and providing an insight into how the child and their family may have experienced agency actions.
I learnt to deal with things one thing at a time. To relax and take a step back and ‘take a breath’ instead of overreacting all the time.
As an independent organisation Healthwatch Portsmouth was able to voice patient experience, identify learning points and areas for improvement.
I found that my depression and self-esteem have both improved and I now feel much more positive.
Healthwatch identified the mental health difficulties that the daughter was experiencing and her growing anger that this was not being listened to.
“Being a volunteer with Healthwatch Portsmouth is really worthwhile as you can see the time and effort you put in really makes a difference.”

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