In Control: FREE training

In Control are a national charity working for an inclusive society where everyone has the support they need to live a good life and make a valued contribution.

In control are hosting a series of free workshops in Portsmouth. These workshops will help parents, children and young people to understand their rights and how to make change happen locally. Most sessions include guest speakers who can talk about their own personal experiences either as a person with life experience of living with a disability or as a parent carer.

All sessions will run at the Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert road, Southsea, PO4 9HR. Sessions will run from 9:30 am for refreshments with a prompt 10 am start until 3:30 pm.

It is recommended that you attend all workshops but we do understand that it might not always be possible. Do select the date required when booking:

Friday 9th March

How to get a job, live independently and for be in control using your skills.

Speakers: TBC

Saturday 10th March

Ways of planning for the future, real life stories of how being in control has supported people.


Andy Walker:

Hear Andy’s story of success and tragedy by overcoming the odds living with a high-level spinal cord injury. Andy will inspire and motivate you and your students to overcome any barrier, embrace challenges and go on to achieve your dreams in life!

Lisa Watchorn: Proud mum, carer, disability activist passionate about real inclusion and self directed support, choice and control.

Friday 23rd March

The benefits of person centred planning, how to make it work for you and your family.


Kath Bromfield:

“I am a mother to four children and am a very proud Mancunian. My background is in education, but as a parent/carer I felt unsure of the way forward until I went on a parent leadership course with Partners in Policy making. This really challenged my thinking and I then became Chair of Rochdale Parent Carers’ Voice. I am passionate about the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life, and an active trainer as well as expert by experience and person centred planner. I have delivered training to forums nationally and work closely with my own regions NWTDT/Pathways to ensure inclusion happens in all areas of our society, particularly for those in or at risk of hospital settings.”

Kath Bromfield

Will Case:

William as been an Independent Disability Consultant / Self-Advocate for seven years. He first became a Disability Consultant after undertaking a national leadership course in disability equality and social justice, called Partners in Policy Making.

Saturday 24th March

How to be part of society and your local community.


Joe Whittaker

Working with schools, colleges and universities to overcome their learning difficulties

Friday 20th April

Focusing on raising local issues to senior managers. A chance to talk to local people who help decide what services exist in Portsmouth.

Saturday 21st April

Managing change and making things happen locally. How you can make a difference.

This training is FREE and is open to parent carers, children and young people and professionals working in the field of special needs and disabilities.

Lunch and refreshments are provided but do let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

The venue is fully accessible. You are welcome to park in the car park on the day.

For more information, please contact 07712 439 159 or email:

To book, please click here