Portsmouth Local Offer

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

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  • Portsmouth Inclusion Conference 2016


    The third annual Portsmouth Inclusion Conference took place on 6th October 2016 at the Portsmouth Marriott, opened by Cllr Neill Young and Alison Jeffery, Director of Children's Services.


    Once again, this was a highly successful event, with over 150 delegates attending from within and outside the city to hear from our internationally renowned key note speakers: Lemn Sissay MBE and Sue Roffey.


    Delegates were also able to choose from a selection of workshops on topics including Trauma Recovery for Emotional Wellbeing, Reading difficulties, Eating disorders, Nurture Groups, Anxiety and Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying - all celebrating good inclusive practice in the city.


    The feedback we have received has been extremely positive. Comments include:  'Inspirational speakers'    'Overall a fantastic day'  ' An important and informative conference'  


    Please go to the next page for photos of the event


    Look out for details of next year's conference!  

  •  Inclusion Conference Afternoon Sue Roffey    Inclusion Conference Morning Lemn

            Sue Roffey                Lemn Sissay

     Inclusion Conference Morning group     Inclusion Conference Morning group 2


    Inclusion Conference Morning FF award   Inclusion Conference Morning GC Award

                 Appreciation Award Winners





  • WhatNext - Portsmouth Opportunities Bulletin October 2016


    This bulletin contains details of a selection of opportunities for young people in Portsmouth:


    • Courses & training
    • Apprenticeships
    • Traineeships
    • Job opportunites
    • Volunteering



  • 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.

  • 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.


    3 awards were recently given to Fiona Freeman, Gemma Clair and Sarah Lawbuary - click on the images below to view the awards.


    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.


    Fiona Freeman Award  Gemma Clair Award  Saray Lawbuary Award






  • 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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