Portsmouth Local Offer

Before School Advice, Information and Support

Advice, Information and Support

Early Years Settings (eg nurseries, playgroups, childminders and pre-schools)

This section holds information on how to find out about early years settings

Tel: 023 9268 8830

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Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) - Information for parents/carers

This section contains links to information on Education, Health and Care Plans specifically for parents/carers.

Tel: 023 9284 1238

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Equality and Diversity Strategy

This document sets out Portsmouth City Council's approach to equality and diversity issues over the next 3 years (2014 - 2017)

Tel: 02392 688559

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Family Fund - a charity who provides grants to families on low incomes

Family Fund is a registered charity covering the whole of the UK and provide grants to families on low incomes.

Tel: 01904 550055.

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Family Hubs

These used to be called Children's Centres but we have expanded them to include help for children and young people up to 19 years so we now call them Family Hubs. This is where the Early Help and Prevention team provide some of their help to families but it is also where our behaviour management surgeries and groups are delivered

Tel: 023 9268 8830

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Family Information Service- information, advice and guidance on a range of topics

The Family Information Service is a free and impartial information service for parents, carers and professionals working with children and young people aged 0 - 19 or up to 24 for young people with SEND.

Tel: 023 9268 8830

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Family Life Plus - a support site for new parents raising a child with a disability

Family Life Plus is a relationship support site for new parents raising a child with a disability.

Tel: 0808 808 3555

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First Steps to Autism Information

If you want to know more about autism and local support services, this guide has been developed to help you get started in a search for local autism information, advice and guidance.

Tel: 023 8076 6162

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Frank Sorrell Centre

The Portsmouth Disability Forum is a user led lobbying and campaigning charity working to ensure disabled people have the same life chances as everyone else. It is based at the Frank Sorrell Centre.

Tel: 023 9281 5266

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Guide Dogs (formerly Blind Children UK)

Guide Dogs supports families with a range of services including; habilitation work, mobility training, practical support, large print books and family activities.

Tel: 0118 983 5555

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Health Cafe - a drop in session to share concerns on Health, Social Care and Disability issues

The Health Café is a drop in session providing an opportunity to share concerns on Health, Social Care, disability issues in a relaxed environment and be signposted in the right direction.

Tel: 02392 815266

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Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme

Find out if and when you can claim refunds under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme for travelling to hospital or other NHS premises.

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

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Healthwatch Portsmouth

Healthwatch is the local, public led, independent group in Portsmouth that make sure people’s voices are heard in decisions about health and social care services

Tel: 023 9397 7079

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Help to adapt your home

Portsmouth City Council have a range of financial help to cover the cost of adapting your home for your needs. All except the Disabled Facilities Grant are discretionary and subject to available finance.

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Hospital Passport

A hospital/health passport for young people and adults with special needs and disability. The All About Me hospital/health passport is aimed at helping health professionals get the correct information about a young person or adult with special needs or disability to ensure they get the best care.

Tel: 023 8060 8900

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Impacting On You Newsletters

These newsletters, produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice, contain information, advice and support for parents/carers of children and young people (0-25) with special needs and disability.

Tel: 07825 185 608

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Information for Carers

A carer is anyone who cares for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. This section provides information for carers available on Portsmouth City Councils website.

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Internet Safety - On Line Safety

The internet is a great way to connect with others and learn new things. It’s important you know how to stay safe and keep others safe online.

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Jargon Buster- Difficult Words

Not sure what it means? Maybe Jargon Buster can help.

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Little Stars - A drop in group for any children aged 0-5 with additional needs.

Little Stars is a fun and informal group led by an accredited volunteer who understands the everyday challenges of raising a child with Special Educational Needs. There are fun activities for the children and time for you to meet other parents for a chat.

Tel: 023 9266 0866

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