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Moving Forward 2024 sees a record number of visitors

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth cut a blue ribbon.Over 300 young people, adults, parents, carers and professionals turned out to attend the Moving Forward event at Fratton Park on Tuesday 19 March.

The event for young people and adults with special educational needs and /or disabilities (SEND) was attended by 48 exhibitors providing advice and information on a range of services from health, social care, community, education and employment.

To launch the event, The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth were invited. They enjoyed meeting all the exhibitors and chatting to young people from the young person’s SEND youth group, Dynamite.

Dynamite Chair, Cameron Locke said: “The Moving Forward event was really interesting and wonderful to be apart of. The stalls at the event are great and the people there were really friendly”.

Disability Partnership Board Coordinator Chris Noden organises the event annually. He said: “The Moving Forward event was a real success again this year, with attendance numbers increasing on previous years. There was a very friendly and positive atmosphere. We hope the day inspires people to make use of all the great services across the city.”

This year the event also included workshops on inclusive apprenticeships and demonstrations from Red Source Theatre Company.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth after the ribbon has been cut.

Man delivering a talk pointing at a screen

A crowd of people at the event

A photo of the Portsmouth Local Offer stand and banner stand

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