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Sleep in Adolescents

Adolescents are notorious for not getting enough sleep, which can impact on many aspects of your teenager’s functioning such as mood, function and academic performance.

We recognise that sleep deprivation is currently a big issue in our area, so The Solent NHS Trust have put together some resources, full of tips and advice that you may find useful to help your teenager get enough sleep.

Please click on the links below to download the publications.

Autism Support Helpline

Passenger Transport Assistant Vacancies

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities?

Portsmouth City Council is currently looking for additional Passenger Transport Assistants to travel with children to and from schools and colleges in Portsmouth and further afield, taking responsibility for the children’s safety and well-being. Successful applicants will be able to build a good rapport with children with special educational needs, and will need to become familiar with the operation of specialist equipment, for example car seats, vehicle passenger lifts, ramps and wheelchair restraints in case of emergency. 

PCC are currently looking for relief passenger transport assistants who can work with us when colleagues are absent for short or longer term reasons. We anticipate that we will shortly be recruiting to a number of permanent posts, and will recruit initially from the relief passenger transport pool. The hours are typically 08.00am to 09.30am and 14.30 to 16.15.

For more details and to apply see the Portsmouth City Council careers hub. For an informal conversation to find out more contact the transport team on 023 9284 1191

Annual Special Educational Needs and Disability Survey

We would like to hear your views, experiences and thoughts on SEND services and support in Portsmouth City and would be grateful if you could spend a few moments completing the survey.

There are just a few short questions to answer and it will really help us to understand, develop and shape the future of SEND across our lovely city.

You can access the survey by clicking the link below. Please also encourage any fellow parent carers and friends to also complete the survey.

The Survey will be open until the 19th March 2021.

Natalie’s Blog Part 8

Hello from the PPV team,

PPV have been really busy since we returned in January and continue to work remotely during the latest lockdown.

PPV set up a peer to peer support group which has welcomed parent carers and provided an opportunity to gather feedback from across the city and a chance to focus on how they are feeling.

Due to this success, and once face-to-face meeting/groups resume, we will be holding these support groups in the north and south of the city.

As you may have seen, unfortunately PDF have made the difficult decision to close the charity. However this does not effect PPV and the services and support we offer families are continuing to run.

Our Co-production work has increased and so has the level of participation from professionals and parent carers. If you are interested in taking part in PPV Co-production work to help improve, create and change services, please contact cat.sidwell@p-d-f.org.uk

PPV have been invited to more meetings across SEND, including meetings regarding training NHS staff, BLM and Educational Psychologist research.

PPV have been working in co-production on the Portsmouth ND Tool research project. We have facilitated training of over 100 professionals working across all services and sectors, and have now been given the go ahead from ethics to start gathering research. This is a real exciting time for PPV as this tool will benefit many families and provide much needed support.

Please stay safe and reach out if you need support, sign posting or guidance.

PPV Manager

Portsmouth Disability Forum – Breaking News

Portsmouth Disability Forum have made the difficult decision to wind up the charity following several years of reduced funding against a background of increased costs. The Board of Trustees wanted to ensure that that the voice and needs of those who experience disability are heard and addressed and are working with HIVE Portsmouth, to seek ways of providing access and inclusion for all in the life of the local communities and city.

What this means for PPV is that not only will we have a new location which is to be confirmed HIVE Portsmouth will take on the role of supporting PPV, this will provide access to more support within the community for our families.

PPV understand the importance of the PCF and our services are continuing to run as normal and we will keep you all updated as an when we are given information.

PPV welcome any questions you may have in regards to this change, if you have a question please let us know so we can forward these on to Portsmouth Disability Forum or HIVE Portsmouth if needed.

PPV will then respond and provide any additional updates.

Dynamite Quizzes and Social Catch Ups!

How to Contact PPV

Please note that we are an appointment only service and our opening times are from 9.30am until 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please make an appointment by using one of the contacts below. If you leave a message, we will endeavour to get back to you within 3 working days.

E-mail is our preferred method of contact.

PPV Manager email: ppvmanager@p-d-f.org.uk

PPV Admin email: ppvadmin@p-d-f.org.uk

Phone: 07712 439159 please note that we are only able to take calls on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays only between 10am-2pm

We’re situated just off of Highland Road, Southsea at The Frank Sorrell Centre:

The Frank Sorrell Centre
Prince Albert Road
Southsea
Hampshire
PO4 9HR

What Matters Most to Unpaid Carers – Healthwatch Portsmouth Campaign

Giving Portsmouth’s Unpaid Carers a Voice

Many people across Portsmouth became unpaid carers overnight when lockdown was imposed, increasing their responsibilities to look after older, disabled or seriously ill loved ones and relatives instantly.

With day care centres and respite closed down, it left carers in a particularly challenging position. Healthwatch Portsmouth is today launching its What Matters Most to Unpaid Carers campaign to give unpaid carers a voice.

We want to hear what caring during the pandemic has been like and how things need to change going forward, particularly with the virus still in circulation.

Siobhain McCurrach, Head of Healthwatch Portsmouth, said: “We undertook a general Covid-19 survey back in July, to ask people how they found accessing health and care services during the pandemic. At that time, carers told us they felt “left to get on with things”, so we want to find out more about the problems and what can be done to support carers moving forward.”

“The hardest thing for me has been trying to look after a 94-year-old with dementia. We have just been left to get on with it.”

This was just one of the responses which we received from carers to our general survey, which raised alarm bells so now we want to hear from carers across the county and have launched a county-wide survey to hear their views.

There are a number of ways people can share their views with us:

Complete the survey online:

Call us: 023 9354 1510

Email us: info@healthwatchportsmouth.co.uk