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Dynamite are a group whose job it is to speak up for young disabled people and make sure that services for young people listen to young people’s opinions.

Anyone can be a part of the group if they are aged 14 to 25 and have a disability or a special educational need and if they use services in Portsmouth.

On the 11th of February from 6pm to 8pm we are having a pizza evening at the Frank Sorrell Centre in Southsea.

At the pizza evening we will be talking about ‘emotional wellbeing’.

Emotional wellbeing is about being able to cope with difficult emotions like anger, worry or sadness.

We will be talking in groups about what we think would help young people with a disability to get the right support when they experience these difficult emotions.

There will be a chance for us to talk about our own experiences of having help with emotional wellbeing.

After the event the things that we talked about in groups will go into a report.

The report will help services for young people know what they are doing well and what they should be doing better.

There will also be a chance to meet some of the people whose job it is to help young people in Portsmouth with emotional wellbeing and to ask those people questions.

The event is free and there will be free pizza for everyone attending.

We would really like it if you were able to come, please let us know by text, phone or email.

You can phone or text 07905 682886 or you can emailDynamiteportsmouth@gmail.com

If there is a way we can make attending the event easier for you then let us know and we will do what we can to help.

If you are attending please also let us know if you have any dietry requirements or medical needs that we should know about.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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The aim at the Mayflower Theatre is to provide first-class entertainment that can be enjoyed by the largest audience possible and they are continually striving to achieve this goal.

As part of that goal they have worked with Autism Hampshire and City Eye to produce a film so that you can find out a bit more about your visit before you arrive at the theatre.

To find out more please visit https://www.mayflower.org.uk/Your_Visit/Accessibility

You can also view their film by clicking on the video link below:

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LOL 2016 flyerCome along to Portsmouth's Local Offer live event on Saturday 19th March from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Milton Cross Academy, Milton Road, Portsmouth PO3 6RB.

The event is open to parents/carers of children and young people with special needs (aged 0 to 25) along with their friends and families to find out about services and activities available in Portsmouth.

They have many activities taking place during the day including:

Workshops, free crèche facilities (if parent/carer book a place on a workshop), stalls, live music, refreshments, craft activities, exhibitors (representing statutory and voluntary services) and much more.

If you would like to book a stall, please complete the Stall Booking Form below:


You can keep up to date with the latest information regarding the event via their Facebook page:


For more information please call 07825 185 608 or email portsmouthparentvoice@hotmail.com 

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The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) are running a free workshop for parents of children with a sensory impairment on 6 February in London. The workshop will cover what a good EHC needs assessment involves and go through the different sections of the EHC plan in detail.  

A flyer and booking form can be downloaded from: https://www.natsip.org.uk/index.php/776-preparing-for-the-plan-free-workshop-for-parents

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The National Careers Service (sometimes called NCS) have drop in sessions around Portsmouth where young people can go to receive advice on how to get into work. They are at:

Eastney Community Centre           Tuesdays 9.30am - 12pm

Somerstown Sure Start                 Fridays 10am -12pm

They also visit local places in the community but in order to attend these sessions you will need to phone in advance. The number to do this is 07468 474712

Buckland Sure Start                        Mondays 10am-12pm 

Southsea Library                            Mondays & Thursdays 1pm to 4pm

Oasis The Venue                             Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm

Milton Library                                 Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm

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The Met Office has issued a Level 3 (Severe Weather Action) Cold Weather Warning for the period between 0900 on Thursday 14th January and 1200 on Tuesday 19th January in parts of England.

What does the cold weather warning mean?

This is issued when the weather described in Level 2 actually happens.  This means that a mean temperature of 2°C is predicted for at least 48 hours and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is happening now, and is expected to impact on people's health and on health services.

Although there are usually fewer days at these low temperatures, the risk of negative health impacts increases as the temperature falls.  Aside from cold temperatures, snow and ice are associated with an increase in injuries and severe disruption to services.

You should refer to the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan and the "Keep Warm, Keep Well" information leaflet for further information, links as follows:



What is the risk in Portsmouth?

The risk specifically for South East England is 90% hence a Level 3 alert has been issued.

The weather forecast for Portsmouth during this period can be seen on the following websites:



It should be noted that the weather forecast for Portsmouth is higher than the cold weather threshold temperatures indicating a reduced likelihood of threshold temperatures for a Level 3 alert specifically for Portsmouth being reached. 

Organisations are advised to continue to monitor the local situation, consider implementing precautionary measures as indicated below and expect further information from Public Health Portsmouth if the risk changes.

What actions should I consider for a Level 3 Cold Weather Warning?

Please refer to the table below and to the action cards in Chapter 3 (p. 34) of the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan :


There are 5 levels in the Met Office Cold Weather Warning System; they are summarised in the table below:

Met Office Cold Weather arning System



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The recent SEND reforms mean that disabled children and young people and those with SEN have a right to receive direct and impartial information, advice and support (IAS) on matters relating to their SEN/Disability. IAS should be provided to children and young people covering education, health and social care. The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN), hosted at CDC, have developed a new website which aims to help disabled children and young people and those with SEN better understand what rights they have for accessing information, advice and support across education, health and social care. The website also contains full contact details for IAS Services across England. To view please click on the link below:


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The healthy policy team at CDC have been working with the National Children’s Bureau to create a brand new website promoting children and young people’s rights when using the NHS. It is called www.getyourrights.org 

Children and young people often don’t know what their rights are when using the NHS, but knowing these rights can make a big difference.

The website has been developed by the Council for Disabled Children in partnership with children and young people, and they really want to know how they’ve done. Please encourage children and young people to look at the website and give feedback through this online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GYRprizedraw

They can enter a prize draw to one of two £25 shopping vouchers for taking part. The survey closes at the end of January and the prize draw winner will be notified shortly after.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Fellowes Afellowes@ncb.org.uk

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IOY January 2016 The January issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

Please click on the link below to view:

pdfIOY_January 2016.pdf

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Here is a report about what Dynamite have done in 2015 and what we hope to do in 2016.



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