Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

Latest News

  • Recent additions to this newsfeed include:


    • Robin Hood (Captioned, Relaxed and Audio Described Performances) 
    • Santa Claus The Musical (Relaxed and BSL Performances) 
    • Free Wheelchair Skills Workshop 
    • Carers Information Day
    • Redwood Park School Consultation
    • Portsmouth Local Offer Annual Report
    • Peter Pan (Relaxed Performance)
    • Appreciation Award
    • Parent Carer Board


    Please use the numbers at the top and bottom of the page to click through the entries.

  • Robin Hood at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


    Robin Hood starring Shane Richie & Jessie Wallace will be coming to Southampton this Christmas

    Captioned Performance 

    31st December, 2016    1.30 pm

    Relaxed Performance   

    3rd January, 2016         1.30 pm

    Signed and Audio Described Performance   

    7th January, 2016         2.00 pm


    Box Office 023 8071 1811

  • Santa Claus The Musical


    New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

    One Snow-dusted night in a house in London, Jenny helps her daughter Anna write a letter to Santa Claus…

    And so starts their adventure with Santa, his devoted PA, Ms Drift, and Chief Elf Joe, as they battle the Ice Queen in this family-focused musical feast. With dancing polar bears, singing reindeer, adorable penguins and of course plenty of appearances by the big man himself!

    Filled with your favourite Christmas tunes such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is coming to Town and Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus– The Musical is a jam-packed Christmas treat for everyone.


    BSL Signed Show 20th December 2016  7.30 pm

    Relaxed Performance 29th December 2016,  2.00 pm


    Tel :      023 9264 9000

    E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Carers Information Day


    Portsmouth Guildhall

    Tuesday 11th October 2016    10.00 am - 3.00 pm


    The Carers'  Information Day has been brought back by popular demand as many carers felt it was a very useful one day event.

    This day is targeted to help and support the role of carers and an opportunity for them to find out about service available to them in Portsmouth.


    For more information please contact Jacky Charman on 023 9282 2795 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Statutory proposal to change the type of need catered for by Redwood Park School, Portsmouth


    Please click the link below for further information and the opportunity to comment on this proposal



  • Local Offer Annual Report - August 2016


    It has been 2 years since the Portsmouth Local Offer was first published and this report details the progress made and what we need to do next.

    Please click the image below to access the document.


    front cover AR 2016

  • Chichester Festival Theatre
    Relaxed Performance of  Peter Pan - 30th December 2016  2.00pm
    Tickets  £12 (no discounts apply)

    This relaxed performance of  Peter Pan welcomes individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.

    We have adapted the performance in a variety of ways to create a welcoming, less formal environment:

    • Audience members are able to leave and return to the auditorium during the performance
    • A chill out area will be available for the duration of the performance
    • The auditorium lights will be adjusted for comfort
    • A relaxed attitude to noise during the performance
    • The show’s lighting and sound levels will be adjusted
    For more information about the performance please contact the Access team on 01243 812927 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Contact Us


    Is there an event running you would like to promote and  tell us about?   We are always happy to publicise activities and events for children, young people with SEND and their families on this newsfeed.



    Do you know of any clubs, leisure or sport opportunities for children and young people with SEND which are not currently on the Portsmouth Local Offer?  If so, we would love to hear from you as we are always looking to add to this resource.



    For either of the above please use the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.




  • Appreciation Awards


    These awards were set up by the Portsmouth Co-production Group which is made up of parents who have children with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability and representatives from Portsmouth City Council.  The Co-production Group set up the awards to give parents the opportunity to acknowledge individuals and services who they feel have carried out their role in a way that has made a significant positive difference to their family.


    If you would like to nominate somebody who you feel should be recognised in this way please contact Kara Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information.


  • Are you interested in becoming a member of Portsmouth Parent and Carer Board?


    If you are a parent/carer who lives in Portsmouth (and cares for children 0-19 years, or up to 25 years if they are disabled or have SEN) you could join the Board and help to improve services to children, young people and families in Portsmouth.  For further information please click here






    Evolve Workshops


    In partnership with Aspex Gallery and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, New Theatre Royal are offering twelve months of activities to increase inclusivity to the Arts. Family workshops, signed performances, relaxed performances and a whole host of things for our other-abled audiences. Look out for the Evolve mark for increased accessibility.

    All workshops are FREE!


    Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Further details can be found on the attached flyer 




  • Future in Mind


    A national Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce was establised in September 2014 to consider ways to make it easier for children, young people, parents and carers to access help and support when needed and to improve how children and young people's mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided.  As a result Portsmouth City Council and NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group are undertaking a consultation with children, young people, parents and carers to help develop a transformation plan for Portsmouth.


    An easy read document about Future in Mind has been produced and can be found by clicking here.


    A Focus Group is being held on this topic and details can be found within this Newsfeed.

  • Inclusion Support Panel - Volunteers Needed


    Portsmouth City Council's Inclusion Support Panel makes decisions on resources and school allocations for the city's young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, alongside a range of professionals.


    Portsmouth City Council genuinely values parental representatives on this panel and wishes to recruit more.  They also recognise the experience and knowledge that parental representatives can offer to the Local Authority. 


    If you would be interested or to find out more information on the role please contact Portsmouth Parent Voice on 07825 185608 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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