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Portsmouth Parent Voice

cropped PPV VlogoWho is Portsmouth Parent Voice?

Portsmouth Parent Voice - PPV- is part of the voluntary sector and is supported by the Local Authority and the Department for Education.  We are under the umbrella of Portsmouth Disability Forum, who are a registered charity.  

  • PPV - is for YOU the parent carer of a child or young person with an additional or special need and/or disability; aged from 0 - 25 years old, to voice your opinions on what you would like for your child or young person.
  • PPV will enable you to find the right support or service you need.
  • PPV aims to have the Voice and Active Involvement of parent carers in the service planning and decision-making processes within the local authority and how services are shaped and delivered locally for families with a disabled child or young person. To make them more focused on the needs of the families with disabled children and young people.
  • This is YOUR opportunity to express your views about what your child or young person needs. 
  • Let us help to enable you to make your voice heard about what support your child or young person needs by contacting us either by telephone or email.

What does PPV do?

  • A regular e-newsletter "Impacting On You" to keep you informed and updated on current developments and activities.
  • Coffee morning/information session in partnership with Autism Hampshire, Information Advice and Support Service and The Carer Centre
  • Help to organise family activities and parent support groups
  • A central telephone number & email address
  • A Facebook page and a Twitter account
  • A central information store
  • Parent Training

How to contact us

  • Website: http://www.portsmouthparentvoice.org
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: 07825 185608 | 07712 439159

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Portsmouth Independent Support (IS)


IS was a short term project which supported families through the transfer process of Educational Statements to Education Health and Care Plans as part of the 2014 SEND reforms.

If you need support and or information in the meantime please contact:

IASS - Information Advice and Support Service - Portsmouth SEND Information Advice and Support Service is a service available to parent/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities between 0-25yrs and to young people aged 16-25 who have special educational needs and disabilities.  The support and advice we provide is impartial, confidential and free.

Contact the charity for families with disabled children - We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.

IPSEA  Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.



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Dynamite Portsmouth


Who is Dynamite?

Dynamite are a group who believe that it is important that young people with a disability (including a special educational need) have their voices heard.

We also believe that services for young people are better when they listen to young people’s opinions and experiences.

What we do?

Dynamite help people in charge of making services for young people in Portsmouth to listen to the opinions of young people with disabilities.

We also help young people and services to work together to make services better for young people.

How to contact us

  • Website: http://www.dynamiteportsmouth.org.uk
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: 07905 682886

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Frank Sorrell Centre

The Frank Sorrell Centre is home to Portsmouth Disability Forum providing fully accessible office and conference room facilities for up to 50 people with onsite parking. Please contact us if you would like more information about using our facilities.

Please note that the building will be shut to the public from 12:30pm on Fridays.

Portsmouth Disability Forum Meeting Diary 2018

Please click on a group below or take a look at the event calendar to view the dates of regular meetings held at the Frank Sorrell Centre.  All our meetings are open to everyone.

PDF Empowering Children & Families

The main role of the Empowering Children and Families Forum is to monitor activities on a regular basis in order to have open discussions on any issues that will affect children and young people aged 0 to 25 with disabilities and/or special educational needs around Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

One aim of ECAF is to facilitate co-production and encourage commissioners to work in partnership with families and stakeholders to co-design services that better meet their needs.

Positive feedback, issues and complaints will be shared with relevant agencies (unless confidential and always anonymously) in order to improve services in the education, health, social care or voluntary sector.

It reports directly to the SEND board at their meetings and is included in Local SEND strategy. ECAF is run by the Portsmouth Disability Forum. Where possible the Chair of the meeting will be a parent representative supported by the Co-Chair or by a staff member of the Portsmouth Disability Forum in the absence of the Co-Chair. 

PDF Empowering Children & Families Dates 2018
  • 10th January
  • 7th February
  • 7th March
  • 11th April
  • 9th May
  • 6th June
  • 11th July
  • No August meeting
  • 5th September
  • 10th October
  • 7th November
  • 5th December
These are held on a Wednesday once a month between 12:00pm & 2:00pm.

Electronic Keyboard Lessons

This an informal and fun session for disabled people who are interested in learning  to play a keyboard or have the skill and  just to come to play alongside other people . It is paced to meet the needs of the group, and at times there is 1-1 tutoring too.

Keyboard layout, notation, note values, rhythm, sharps and flat, chords major and minor, playing melodies, accompaniment, key signatures and music theory are all covered over a period of time.

There is a small charge of £5 per hour session. If you would like to book please contact Paul Taylor 023 92252767 or just drop in. Keyboards are provided for the group although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Portsmouth City Band

We are a traditional and friendly Brass Band based in the Portsmouth area for players of all ages and abilities, undertaking an extensive range of engagements throughout the year ranging from formal concerts and civic events to fetes, parties, church services, carnivals and celebrations.

The band was first formed in 1939 as the Auxiliary Fire Service Band and was mainly for the recreation of the Firemen serving at that time.

In 2016, after many happy decades, Portsmouth City Council decided that Brewery House in Hambrook Street, Southsea, the headquarters and home of Portsmouth City Band was to be redeveloped for accommodation.  Finding a permanent home for a brass band is rarely straightforward but after much hard work and searching, the Frank Sorrell Centre in Southsea became the next step in the history book. 

If you have any questions, queries, or would like to get involved … either contact our Secretary Carol Mason on 023 9283 9178 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information on any of these meetings please contact PDF on 023 9281 5266 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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DIAL - Disability Information Advice Line to close from 29th May 2019.

The Trustees of Portsmouth Disability Forum decided to review the operations they were delivering in order to ensure that they are providing the most relevant support to the people of Portsmouth. 

In the short term, at review of contract stage, they have to cease the provision of some of their services including DIAL which will end on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

Where will I find support now?

From 30th May support will be available at:

Advice Portsmouth 023 9279 4340 or 023 9279 4345

Focus Point, 116 Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth PO2 8AL

Age UK 023 9286 2121

The Bradbury Centre, 16 – 18 Kingston Rd, Portsmouth PO1 5RZ

Citizens Advice Portsmouth 023 9285 5855

2 – 3, Ark Royal House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2GF

Further Disability Information/Advice

If your child is under the age of 16 and has Care and Mobility needs, they may be entitled to DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or if they have reached the age of 16, or an adult already in receipt of DLA, they may have to transfer to a PIP (Personal Independence Payments).

PDF have produced guides to help explain what this means. Please click on the documents below for more information:




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