Portsmouth Local Offer

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

Information and Support

Gig Buddies

A Gig Buddy is a volunteer who is matched with a person with a learning disability to go to gigs, socials and share hobbies together.

Tel: 07841 042 909

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Global Music Visions - offers blind, visually impaired and disabled people a chance to create their own music projects

Global Music Visions (GMV) is a social enterprise offering blind, visually impaired and disabled people 16+ the opportunity to use an easily accessible and adapted recording studio.

Tel: 0774 2311 486

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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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Gym 01 - Fitness and Martial Arts

Gym 01 brings you all of the Martial Arts and Fitness training you could want, all under one roof! We have taken the best coaches in their various styles including MMA, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Amateur Boxing, Judo, Thai Boxing and more and created a facility where EVERYONE can train together, regardless of ability, age, sex and fitness.

Tel: 023 9217 7323

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Gym Club - Enable Ability: Autism Support

Exclusive use for Enable Ability: Autism Support, to provide a great opportunity for children and families to get together at the Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre with lots of fun activities.

Tel: 023 9267 1846

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Hampshire Autism Service for Adults

This service or ‘diagnostic pathway’ offers a single referral route for adults with autism. Once the individual is accepted, they are assessed by an Autistic Spectrum Specialist Practitioner. Assessments include an in-depth discussion to confirm diagnosis.

Tel: 01372 202100

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Havant and South Downs College - Havant Campus

Havant and South Downs College offer an extensive range of full and part-time A Levels, GCSEs, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships

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Havant and South Downs College - South Downs Campus

Havant and South Downs College is a further education college which offers some accredited courses for young people with a range of SEN needs

Tel: 023 9387 9999, extension 4464.

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Headway Portsmouth and SE Hampshire - for people who have experienced brain injury and their families and carers

Headway Portsmouth and South East Hampshire works with people in the community who have experienced brain injury and their families and carers.

Tel: 02392 664972 or Mobile 07810 884533

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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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Healthier Together

The Healthier Together website contains a range of resources which have been developed by healthcare professionals from across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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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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Highbury College

Highbury College is a large general further education establishment that provides a full range of courses and Student Support Services including Additional Learning Support. It offers support for students with learning, emotional, behavioural, personal and mental health difficulties.

Tel: 02392 383131

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Hillside & Wymering Centre (IT) - a drop in IT based club

We offer a drop in IT based club for young people aged 8+ with special needs. We also offer some holiday activities specifically for young people with special needs.

Tel: 023 9288 2550

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Holiday Playscheme (Inclusive)

This playscheme allows children/young people with moderate levels of disability to access childcare registered mainstream playscheme settings during all school holiday periods.

Tel: 023 9267 1846

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Holiday Playscheme (Specialist)

This Specialist Playscheme provides for children/young people aged 5 - 18 years requiring high levels of supervision owing to severe physical/learning difficulties and/or autism.

Tel: 023 9267 1848 / 023 9267 1846

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