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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.

Portsmouth Disability Forum Meeting Diary 2017

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 Open Access Feature Forums

Will be information based with a presentation.  With debate and action on any issues relating to disabled people.

PDF Open Access Feature Forum Dates
  • 22nd February
  • 26th April
  • 26th July
  • 25th October
These will run on a Wednesday between 10:30am-1:30pm, including a light lunch, quarterly usually Feb, Apr, Jul, and Oct.

PDF Health Cafes

Portsmouth Disability Forum Health Cafe is a drop in monthly safe place, to come and have a cuppa and cake, and talk over any disability related queries or questions. We also have one of our Disability Information Advice Line Advisors with us, to answer welfare benefit queries, with a further appointment made if more time is needed.

Organisations who attend the cafe to offer support are:

  • Millbrook Healthcare, offering small wheelchair repairs

  • Judith from Epilepsy Support, offering support on Epilepsy

  • Healthwatch Portsmouth, to receive feedback and offer support with health related services

  • periodically guest speakers will attend from various organisations

PDF Health Cafe Meeting Dates for 2017

  • 17th January
  • 21st February
  • 21st March
  • 18th April
  • 16th May
  • 20th June
  • 18th July
  • 15th August
  • 19th September
  • 17th October
  • 21st November
  • 19th December
These group sessions will be held on the third Tuesday of the month between 1.00pm & 3.00pm.

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
  • 11th January
  • 8th February
  • 8th March
  • 12th April
  • 10th May
  • 7th June
  • 12th July
  • No August meeting
  • 13th September
  • 11th October
  • 8th November
  • 6th December
These are held on a Wednesday once a month between 12:00pm & 2:00pm.

Enable Ability Teenage Project

Enable Ability’s Teenage Project offers a varied programme of disability inclusive group activities in leisure, sport & recreation to young people with mild to moderate disabilities ages 13 - 21. Teenage Project strives to give young people the confidence to access the community, learn valuable life skills & build meaningful relationships. Activities include: Social Club (fortnightly), Bowling/Cinema, Day Trips & Meals Out.

The project takes place weekly on Friday evenings at the Frank Sorrel Centre. Please contact us for more details.

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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