Portsmouth’s SEND families invited to attend Local Offer Live in Cosham

An event to support parents and carers who have children up to the age of 25 years old with specialist needs are invited to attend Portsmouth SEND Local Offer Live at Cosham Community Centre on Thursday 9 November from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

The event brings together health professionals and community groups that support families in the city to exhibit. With over 14 different organisations attending, families can be referred to different services or given advice more easily.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: “Portsmouth has a fantastic community of groups and services who can support families with a range of needs. Local Offer Live is a great way to reconnect with those you already know as well as discover new ones that can help you.

“Families will often tell me how challenging it is to find information and advice that is local to Portsmouth. These events provide a good opportunity to meet people and form new support networks with other parents and carers.”

The organisations and groups exhibiting at the event have been selected by families directly. This approach ensures that exhibitors who are attending are curated to meet the needs of the community.

Cat Sidwell from Portsmouth Parent Voice said: “Portsmouth Parent Voice and other groups do a great job in supporting families, however, there will be services out there that people are unaware of.

“Local Offer Live allows us to link professionals with parents and carers far quicker and easier. We’ve received fantastic engagement from families about who they want to meet. We can’t wait to see how everyone responds.”

Alongside exhibitors, local professionals have come together to deliver a series of useful presentations on neurodiversity, tips for helping children sleep and how to make ordinarily available provision work in school.

To attend the event, families can drop in at the community centre between 10:30am – 2:30pm. No ticket is required. For more information and for presentation timings, visit www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/live.